Australia Day 2012

A SMALLER than usual number attended the Derwent Valley Council’s annual Australia Day observance at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, today. The Derwent Valley Concert Band played, the New Norfolk Lions Club cooked a sausage sizzle, the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team organised a tug of war and the national flag was raised by a scout and cub-scout.

Australia Day Ambassador Phil Huzzard recalled his first visit to New Norfolk as a young man and spoke of Australia’s enduring values. He urged those present to act when necessary; to speak up when required; to help when needed; and to gently warn against self-importance. “And we need to constantly remind ourselves to rise above the tempting urge to move to a ‘me-first’ society, where anything is justifyable in the scramble for personal advancement,” he said. Mr Huzzard thanked everyone for the hospitality shown to him and his young son Henry. A presentation was then made to Mr Huzzard by New Norfolk Woolworths manager Melissa Bester in acknowledgement of his service as an Australia Day Ambassador.

Australia Day Awards announced by Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans were as follows: 

  • Citizen of the year: Johnny Kava
  • Young citizen of the year: Jamie Molan
  • Sportsperson of the year: Kelly Graham
  • Community Event of the Year: Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (New Norfolk Can-Hope Cancer Support Group)
  • Community appreciation certificates: Colin Triffitt, June Purkiss, Sheila Smith, Sarah Dingley, Molesworth Cricket Club, New Norfolk Rowing Club senior squad, New Norfolk Historical Information Centre Committee and the Derwent Valley Child and Family Centre Local Enabling Group

Check back later for profiles and photos of the award recipients

Some of this year’s award recipients

Scout Marcus and cub-scout Breeanna

Melissa Bester makes a presentation to Phil Huzzard

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