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Gong getters: Mt Eliza resident Bob Greaves received a Council of the Ageing Senior Achiever Award from Housing Disability and Ageing Minister Martin Foley at a ceremony at Government House last week. Verna Phillips, of Carrum Downs, received a Veteran Community Award from Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AM.

Gong getters: Mt Eliza resident Bob Greaves received a Council of the Ageing Senior Achiever Award from Housing Disability and Ageing Minister Martin Foley at a ceremony at Government House last week. Verna Phillips, of Carrum Downs, received a Veteran Community Award from Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AM.

governor-of-victoria-with-verna-phillips-veteran-community-awardMT ELIZA resident Bob Greaves received a Council of the Ageing Senior Achiever Award at a ceremony at Government House last week.

He was one of eight recipients of the award presented as during the 2016 Victorian Seniors Festival. It offers more than 1300 free and low-cost events all over Victoria, including a great array of social, cultural, educational and body-and-soul activities.

Other local award recipients were Vishnu Prasad, of Skye: Promotion of Multiculturalism Award, and Verna Phillips, of Carrum Downs: Veteran Community Award.

An Age-Friendly Victoria Award went to Peninsula Transport Assist which provides transport for older people in an area described as having “very little public transport”.

The Governor, Linda Dessau AM, and Housing Disability and Ageing Minister Martin Foley hosted the day in which Echuca’s Gwen Smith was named Victoria’s Senior of the Year.

The various category winners, aged 67-90, from all over Victoria, are described as a diverse group of leaders, role models, advocates and participants in many volunteer activities in their communities.

“Seniors make an incredible contribution to our community – and testament to that are the many worthy nominations we received from across Victoria,” Mr Foley said.

“Congratulations to all the award recipients today and thank you for your dedication and commitment to your communities.

“We are proud to support these awards which are a fitting part of the 34th Victorian Seniors Festival.”

Details: seniorsonline.vic.gov.au

First published in the Mornington News – 11 October 2016

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