Australia Day awards
MR RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) — I rise to congratulate the 2017 City of Casey Australia Day award winners, who were announced on Australia Day last month. The City of Casey Citizen of the Year for 2017 is Anne McGill, who has made a substantial contribution across the City of Casey, and the City of Berwick prior to that, in a range of areas, particularly associated with Inner Wheel Australia and Rotary Australia. Anne has been involved in Inner Wheel for more than 36 years, including working on campaigns for cord blood research for the last 15 years, where her leadership has led to the raising of more than $2.5 million for that cause. She has also been heavily involved in the Berwick Highland Games, which has become an institution in Berwick, and has given more than 25 years of service to the City of Casey Meals on Wheels program.
The Young Citizen of the Year for Casey 2017 is Alyssa Weston, who is acknowledged for her role in the Casey Basketball Association at the age of 16 both as a player and also as a coach and mentor of other young people in that association. It is great to see someone who is so young be acknowledged for their contribution to the local community.
The Casey Senior Citizen of the Year 2017 is Ted Clay, who has provided 60 years of service as a Country Fire Authority volunteer at Tooradin, including more than 22 years as captain, four years as first lieutenant, four years as second lieutenant and two years as fourth lieutenant. That is an enormous amount of service to one institution in one area for one individual, and it is appropriate that Ted's service is recognised in this way.