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 2019 City of Burnie Australia Day Citizen of the Year has been awarded to John Packham. For many years, John has been a tireless worker for the Burnie community for which he is passionate and proud.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “The Burnie community has benefited from the contribution of service and commitment John has given since moving here in 1980.” John has been a president of the Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was awarded life membership in 2015 by the Governor of Tasmania. John has been heavily involved in the Rostrum Club of Tasmania and has served as State President. “This award is also fitting, as John was one of the two representatives from the City of Burnie Lions Club who helped to create a committee to establish this Australia Day Event,” said Mayor Kons.

The 2019 City of Burnie Young Citizen of the Year has been awarded to Kynan West. Kynan has been awarded The Advocate IGA Male Junior Sports Person of the Year, the Burnie Dockers under-16 Runner-up Best and Fairest and has been selected in the AFL under-16 State Academy Squad and the AFL State Squad.

Mayor Kons said “Kynan is an active participant within his school and his community.” Kynan was the youngest player nationally to play in the Football Federation Australia Qualification rounds. As Head Boy Kynan has represented Burnie High School at Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and has played a key role in organising fundraisers. Mayor Kons said “For his outstanding achievements, in the sporting arena and within his school and community, Kynan is a most worthy recipient of the Young Citizen of the Year Award.”

The 2019 City of Burnie Community Event of the Year has been awarded to 51st Burnie City Eisteddfod. Now in its 51st year, the City of Burnie Eisteddfod is an important part of the culture of Burnie. Mayor Kons said “Its longevity is testament to the support received from the public, schools, local bands and performing societies.”

The Eisteddfod is organised by a committee of members from all creative backgrounds and serviced by a team of approximately 50 volunteers from Burnie and surrounding areas. Preparation for the Eisteddfod is a year-long process requiring systematic planning; from appointing adjudicators, preparing and printing schedules, seeking sponsorship and coordinating entries. The Burnie Eisteddfod also provides a fantastic boost to the economy of Burnie.

For further information please contact

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

Email: floughran@burnie.net