Burnie Australia Day Award recipients announced

As part of the annual Burnie Australia Day ceremony, outstanding local community members and groups are presented the prestigious Burnie Australia Day Awards for Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year.

The 2016 City of Burnie Australia Day Citizen of the Year has been awarded to hardworking and dedicated volunteer, Ms Joan Fawdry.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Over the years Joan has made a remarkable contribution to our municipality through her dedication and commitment to volunteering and fund-raising for various organisations, including the Make-A-Wish Australia Burnie Branch.”

“With the Make-A-Wish Foundation Joan leads a team of volunteers who work with children affected by life-threatening diseases, raising money to grant the wishes of these sick children. Joan has been a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Branch for 20 years, and for 15 of those she served as President.”

“Throughout her time at the Burnie Branch, Joan has established and maintained a loyal band of major supporters, by building strong relationships with many local businesses and organisations.”

The 2016 City of Burnie Young Citizen of the Year has been awarded to Miss Natasha Bakker.

Mayor Dow said, “Natasha has been recognised for the contributions she has made, not only to the City of Burnie Brass Band, but to the community as a whole.”

“Natasha has been a member of the Brass Band since 2001 and is now a senior member and also a volunteer tutor for the junior program. Her dedication and energy as a junior leader has a very positive influence in the band and on all of its members, and her activities in other areas of the Burnie community is a credit to someone so young.”

“Aside from the Burnie Brass Band, Natasha also volunteers for the Burnie Musical Society, Burnie Concert Bans, Cradle Coast Orchestra and the North West Chamber Orchestra. She has also served as the bugler for the Burnie RSL since 2008.”

“Natasha does all this and more, while studying her Masters of Teaching. Amongst her peers, she is considered an inspiration as she quietly and gently encourages others to be the best they can be.”

The 2016 City of Burnie Community Event of the Year has been awarded to local independent theatre production ‘Breaker Morant’.

Mayor Dow said, “Douglass Doherty, a past serving member of Australian Forces and currently a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve, self-funded this critically acclaimed local production as a contribution to Burnie during the ‘Centenary of the ANZAC’.

"The aim of the production was to not only entertain audiences, but to also raise awareness and funds for the ‘Solider On’ charity which provides help and support for returned veterans. Over $3,500 was raised as a result of the production.”

“More than six months of preparation went into the production, and when the curtain finally went up, it did so to near capacity audiences over five shows. The transformation of the Burnie Uniting Church Hall, use of special lighting and sound effects and the obvious commitment by the cast and crew resulted in a highly emotive and somewhat intimate depiction of this significant military event.

“This production was very well received within the community, with high praise for all those who were involved in bringing this powerful story to life once again.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net