State, shire recognise service with awards


Citizen award winners: from left, Edward Fuggle, Stephanie Byrnes, Barry Irving, Kids’ Fun Run with K163 representative Bernie Edwards, Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Bev Colomb and Ben Brunton.

THE Mornington Peninsula was well represented in this year’s Australia Day Honours List, which recognised almost 200 Victorians among 958 people from various industries and communities around the country.

Among the recipients from the peninsula were Denis Baguley, AM; Heath Davidson, OAM; Garry Moncrieff, Emergency Services Medal; Brendan Woodsell (formerly of HMAS Cerberus, Crib Point), OAM; Andrew Niven Creek, OAM; and Carmel O’Brien, OAM.      

Mornington Peninsula Shire announced its 2017 Australia Day Award winners at Rosebud Memorial Hall on Thursday, with Rye mother Bianca Appleford named as Citizen of the Year for her work in the area of autism.

A new award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Rye resident Barry Irving, who was nominated for his community involvement in many areas.

Young Citizen of the Year and Mt Martha resident, Stephanie Byrnes, 24, has been a full-time volunteer at Fusion Mornington Peninsula since January 2015. Dedicated to making a difference, she lives alongside young people who are experiencing homelessness in Fusion’s supported accommodation services. In addition to her on-site living, Ms Byrnes mentors young people as part of the Fusion support program.

Community Event of the Year, the About Kids’ Fun Run with the K163 steam train is a partnership between Mt Eliza Rotary Club and Mornington Railway Preservation Society.

The inaugural fun run last year raised $19,550 for Frankston Hospital’s paediatric unit to buy five children’s beds.

The Bravery Award went to Ben Brunton and Edward Fuggle, both 14, who were volunteering at the Rye Yacht Club’s Discover Sailing Day when a jet ski rider was stranded offshore in rough weather. Both boys rushed to the rescue and helped signal the Rye Yacht Club safety boat.

Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the Australia Day Awards “inspire us to make our own contribution to creating a better Mornington Peninsula”. 

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 31 January 2017


IN 31 January edition of The News it was stated that Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell received an OAM in this year’s Australia Day Honours List. Warrant Officer Woodsell, ships warrant officer at HMAS Cerberus, received the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for his services at HMAS Cerberus.

He received an OAM in 2010, when based in WA, for meritorious service in the field of combat systems and as an outstanding warrant officer in the Royal Australian Navy


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