Media Releases 2011
Celebrating Yarra’s Australia Day Award winners
27 January 2011
Four Yarra community members have been recognised in Yarra Council’s annual Australia Day Awards.
Richmond resident Meca Ho took out the top honor of Yarra Citizen of the Year in recognition of his countless hours of volunteer work to support the Victoria Street community.
Aboriginal health worker Anthony Brown was recognised for Community Service of the Year, while Thanh Kham Dang Tran is the inaugural Woman of the Year and Brendan Davey is Yarra’s Young Citizen of the Year.
Yarra Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the recipients all appeared to be driven by a need to make sure their local communities looked after one another.
“All of us want to live in communities that are harmonious and caring – our Australia Day recipients are doing some terrific work to make this a reality,” Cr Clarke said.
“Meca’s volunteer work with the culturally diverse business owners in Victoria Street has helped turn that precinct into the thriving, multicultural hub that it is today,” she said.
“Meca’s passion for Victoria Street inspired him to work with local traders to improve the street’s sustainability credentials.”
“He has introduced many local business owners to sustainable practices such as recycling, and installing water tanks and energy efficient light globes.
“Yarra’s Lunar New Year Festival would not have grown over the past decade into the state’s largest annual Vietnamese community event without Meca’s dedication and hard work.”
Cr Clarke said Anthony Brown, a well-known and highly respected member of Melbourne’s Aboriginal community, was a deserving winner of Community Service of the Year.
“Anthony has worked in Aboriginal health for more than 28 years,” Cr Clarke said.
“As a broadcaster with Koori Radio 3KND, Anthony has become a role model for many people, especially Koori children and young people.”
Cr Clarke said Thanh Kham Dang Tran was named inaugural Woman of the Year for her role in assisting the integration of newly arrived immigrants into the local community.
“As one of the founding members of the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, Kham has dedicated her life to supporting new immigrants by connecting them with services, skills training and education assistance to help them make the most of their new life in Melbourne,” Cr Clarke said.
She said the achievements of 23-year-old Brendan Davey - who successfully coordinated homework support and holiday programs for young people at the Atherton Gardens Housing Estate - boded well for the future.
“Brendan is an inspirational young leader, volunteering his time to help improve the lives of many children of refugee backgrounds,” she said.
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