Burnie Australia Day award recipients announced

Burnie’s Australia Day award recipients were announced today (Saturday, 26 January 2013) at the Australia Day event at Town Hall in Burnie.

John Munro and Pam Thorne were announced as joint winners for the 2013 Australia Day Citizen Award.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “John is a former Aldermen and Deputy Mayor of the Burnie City Council, and was recognised for his remarkable contribution to the community. John was heavily involved with many sporting clubs including the Burnie Football Club, Burnie Surf Life Saving Club and Burnie Swimming Club. He has been involved in the Burnie Lions Club for ten years and still currently volunteers at the McKenna Park Hockey Complex and is currently the President and has been in this role for ten years.

“After years of volunteering as a fire fighter, John rose to become the Burnie Chief Fire Officer and then held the public role as the North-West Regional Chief. John dedicated over 30 years of service to the Tas Fire Service.”

Pam Thorne was recognised for her contribution to the arts in Burnie. Pam has been actively painting, sculpting, exhibiting and coordinating exhibitions, conducting workshops, teaching art in schools and participating in community arts projects in Tasmania for the past 35 years.

“Pam joined the Burnie Coastal Art Group in its infancy and became quickly fully involved in all aspects of its development and has now received her third life membership. Pam is a very successful award winning papier mache artist and an active Friends member of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Secretary of the Burnie Arts Council.

“While Pam’s children were going through school Pam was involved in the Upper Burnie Mothers’ Club and was ultimately awarded life membership for her efforts. She gained another life membership award through her support to the Parklands High School Parents and Friends committee as her children attended high school,” Mayor Kons said.

The Community Event of the Year Award was awarded to the Paper on Skin competition.

In May 2012, a unique first time national competition took place in the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. Paper on Skin was the visionary concept first suggested to the Burnie Arts Council by paper artist Pam Thorne. Burnie City Council went into partnership with the Arts Council to stage the event.

“This unique event is strongly linked to Burnie’s heritage and gained national exposure. Over 250 people attended the paper fashion parade, and it is still being talked about now as a calendar highlight. This event was successful due to the considerable collaborations between the Burnie Arts Council volunteers and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery staff.”

No recipient was announced for the 2013 Australian Young Citizen Award, however a Certificate of Recognition was presented to Hanna Guy for her charity work. The Cancer Council of Tasmania, were also presented a Certificate of Recognition recognising the efforts of the drivers of the Transport to Treatment buses.

Another special element to the morning was the official presentation of the newest citizenships. Mayor Steve Kons officially swore in two new citizens from the United Kingdom and China.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net