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.

Three awards were presented at the Burnie Australia Day Ceremony at Burnie Town Hall today.

Gardening guru, Mr Maurice Kupsch was today announced as the City of Burnie 2015 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “Maurice has made a remarkable contribution to our municipality throughout his career, his volunteer work and his unquestionable impact at the Burnie Rhododendron Garden.

“A retired Engineer, Maurice has inspired the construction of many significant garden features at the Burnie Rhododendron Garden, including an authentic Japanese covered bridge and teahouse which greatly enhances the ambience of the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.

“Maurice recently led the project to build a Chinese Pavilion at the garden, which is perhaps the most intricate and detailed of any project previously undertaken. His unique dedication and commitment not only inspires all who work with him, but he has created a legacy for the benefit of Burnie residents and beyond.”

The City of Burnie 2015 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Mr Jesse Teinaki.

“Jesse shot to fame after winning the opportunity to support Jon Bon Jovi in concert and by doing very well on the television show X Factor. Jesse represented his home town Burnie and Tasmania very maturely.

“Jesse has been involved in many charity events, and most recently was fundamental in the Come Together Concert raising vital funds for the North-West Cancer Centre.

“Jesse can be looked upon as a wonderful Burnie and Tasmanian ambassador and a young achiever on a mission to inspire and empower youth of Burnie.

“Jesse has recently moved to Sydney to follow his musical dream. This dare to dream attitude gives his fans, followers and Facebook friends the opportunity to follow a young man’s personal achievements.

“Jesse is great inspiration to all young people, encouraging our youth to work hard, believe in your dream and go for it!”

The City of Burnie 2015 Event of the Year Award was presented to the South Burnie Bowls Club.

In late March last year the South Burnie Bowls Club hosted the Bowls Australia, Australian Sides Championships and Super 6 Series.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “The South Burnie Bowls Club was hand-picked by Bowls Australia to stage this national event. No bowls event of this magnitude had ever been staged in Tasmania and it was a significant achievement for this relatively young club to be deemed capable of organising and running this prestigious event.

“Two hundred volunteers were called upon during the days of competition, with virtually every member of the South Burnie Club volunteering in one form or another. It is estimated that a total commitment by club members exceeded 6000 man hours which is an exceptional achievement for a club of this size.

“The club have been praised for their professionalism and should be proud of how they represented Burnie nationally.”

For further information please contact

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

Email: ldobson@burnie.net