Australia Day

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — It was my great pleasure to spend Australia Day attending a range of events within my electorate, including two citizenship ceremonies in the city of Greater Dandenong and the city of Casey. My day began with the annual Hampton Park Progress Association’s Day of Nations. This year we were treated to a delicious breakfast, wonderful performances from local multicultural groups, an array of
fascinating stalls and of course plenty of activities, including a jumping castle, animal farm and face painting.

The federal member for Holt, Anthony Byrne, joined us at the Day of Nations to present the 2013 Holt Australia Day Awards. Tess and Mairi-Anne Macartney, Lauris McInerney, Margaret O’Callaghan, Dani Rothwell, Mahbooba Tahsin and the Carols by Twilight Committee from my electorate deservedly received awards. Well done.

The 2013 Casey Citizen of the Year award went to Anne Atkin for her work to improve awareness and services for those with Parkinson’s disease. Sarah Dunstan was awarded the Casey Young Citizen of the Year award for her outstanding leadership qualities and her commitment to volunteer work in the local community. Jim Carson was recognised as the Senior Citizen of the Year, and Karen Dawson was named Casey Sportsperson of the Year.
The Berwick Mechanics Institute and Free Library received the Casey Community
Event/Activity of the Year award for its 150th birthday celebration last year.

What an achievement.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated or who received an award. Your outstanding community spirit and dedication to helping others is what makes this country such a great place to live. And to those who have decided to call Australia home, a very warm welcome. I hope that you will find peace, happiness and success as so many others have in this land of opportunity.