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 2018 City of Burnie Australia Day Citizen of the Year has been awarded to hardworking and dedicated volunteer, Trevor Snooks.

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

“For the past 11 years, Trevor has been a volunteer driver for Transport to Treatment Service for Cancer Council Tasmania. His involvement also includes maintenance of vehicles, assisting in fundraising at Daffodil Day and Relay for Life, and other yearly functions for Cancer Council Tasmania. Trevor has also had three decades of involvement with AFL Burnie Auskick and the Burnie Little League. Since early 1960, he has been a volunteer with the South Burnie Football Club.”

“Trevor volunteered with the Darwin Football Association for 40 years who have honoured him by naming the award for Best Play in the Senior Grand finals as the “Snooks” Medal.”

The 2018 City of Burnie Young Citizen of the Year has been awarded to Oscar Varney.

Mayor Boyd said “Oscar has been a member of the Burnie Scout Group for 10 years. Through his hard work and determination, Oscar achieved his Adventurer Badge, Cord and the Australian Scout Medallion Badge. The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award that can be earned by a Scout and requires a great deal of dedication. Less than 10 scouts a year achieve this award in Tasmania.”

The 2018 City of Burnie Community Event of the Year has been awarded to Paddle for MND.

Mayor Boyd said “Paddle for MND was organized by Craig Machen. Craig paddled solo around Tasmania on a sea kayak to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Tasmania.”

“Craig raised $48,000 for Motor Neurone Disease. He set off on his paddling expedition from the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club in January 2017 and completed his 1,500km journey back in Burnie. He endured only 4 calm days at sea and was continually battling head on winds.”

A Certificate of Recognition for an Outstanding Event was also presented to Facing North. Facing North was held as part of the Ten Days on the Island program. The performance was a world premiere that harnessed the creativity of the Cradle Coast region. Composer and songwriter, Dean Stevenson, wanted to see the music realised back into the imaginations of the people and the place who originally inspired it.


For further information please contact

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