Australia Day Award winners

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 2017 City of Burnie Australia Day Citizen of the Year has been awarded to hardworking and dedicated volunteer, Terrance Ferguson.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Over the years, Terrance has been a very hands-on community member, dedicating countless hours to assist with numerous organisations and events.”

“A love of running has seen him earn a life membership with the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania. He has competed in hundreds of runs over the years and has also offered his services as a handicapper, race manager and committee member. His passion for running has also resulted in him being a Burnie Ten committee member for 19 years, as well as providing assistance with the Burnie 321-GO kids race for 15 years.”

“Terrance has also been actively involved in with Targa Tasmania since its inaugural race 25 years ago.”

The 2017 City of Burnie Young Citizen of the Year has been awarded to Mason Waller.

Mayor Dow said, “Mason has excelled in many aspects of his life including sport, performing and leadership.”

“An avid basketballer, Mason represented Tasmania in the Albury/Wodonga Country Cup in 2013 and 2014, and represented the North West Coast in the National under 14 competition in Darwin in 2013. He was also a member of the Burnie Basketball Association State League Premiership team in 2015.

“A talented singer and guitarist, Mason has had the opportunity to be involved with numerous community and school productions, including What’s New Pussycat, Ali Ba Ba, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame, Camp Rock the Musical and Wicked.”

“Mason has also demonstrated excellent leadership skills, serving as the Burnie Youth Council Junior Mayor in 2012 and in 2016 he was the Youth Council’s Deputy Mayor.  Last year he was elected as the 2016 Burnie High School Co-President of the Student Representative Council.”

The 2017 City of Burnie Community Event of the Year has been awarded to Michelangelo: The Exhibition.

Mayor Dow said, “Michelangelo – The Exhibition opened at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on 12 March 2016 and remained at the Gallery for 10 weeks. The Gallery was the premiere and only Tasmanian venue to host this exhibition before it embarked on its national tour of Australia.”

“The exhibition attracted over 8,600 local, national and international visitors. Visitors from elsewhere in the State made up over 50% of the total visitor number, with 24% coming from the Burnie area. Nearly 20% were from interstate and the remaining were international.”

“As well as being treated to various different aspects of Michelangelo’s works, visitors also had a unique opportunity to view a full size replica of the Statue of David, a highlight unique to the Burnie exhibition.”

“Nineteen schools, 37 classes and four child care programs also visited the exhibition, along with 21 private tours.”

“It is estimated that the volunteers spent over 1000 hours working on the event – in the lead-up and during the exhibition period.”

For further information please contact

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