Australia Day awards

I would like to pay tribute to those from my electorate who were honoured in Australia Day honours. Johannes Chitty received an OAM for services to parachuting. He has done many things over many decades, including co-authoring a medical journal article entitled¬†Forensic Analysis of Parachute Deaths, and it has really contributed to amazing safety improvements in this adventurous sport. Marilyn McQualter of Whittlesea was awarded an OAM for service to the community of Whittlesea in groups too many to mention. Nillumbik’s longest serving councillor and twice mayor and Australian Local Government Women’s Association state president, Helen Coleman, received a Jagajaga Australia Day award from Jenny Macklin.

I was pleased to attend the Nillumbik Australia Day awards and see a great friend of mine and netball champion Susan Taylor, who also lives in Doreen, become Citizen of the Year. Young Citizen of the Year was also a Doreen resident, Emily Jetten, who founded the Feel Good Ethical Market in Diamond Creek. The Senior Citizen of the Year was John Chenhall, an RSL stalwart. It is just amazing that he got this award. Men’s shed powerhouses Leigh Marshall and Jim Gundrum shared the Volunteer of the Year award. Congratulations to all.