Bass Coast Australia Day Award Winners Announced
Bass Coast Shire Council announced Newhaven resident, Jeff Nottle, as the 2015 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day Awards presentation held last night.
Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, congratulated Mr Nottle for his dedication to the local community, including his keen interest in the environment.
“Mr Nottle is currently Chair of the Preserve Western Port Action Group, which is a sub group of the Phillip Island Conservation Society,” Cr Brown said.
“Holding this position for the past nine months, Jeff has worked tirelessly to promote the significant natural assets Bass Coast has to offer, with a view to preserving our coasts, flora and fauna for the community to enjoy into the future.
“In all his volunteer positions, Jeff has enthusiastically taken on his responsibilities – an example of the values in a worthy winner of the 2015 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year Award.”
Cr Brown was also pleased to announce Wonthaggi teenager, Jess Paulson, as the 2015 Bass Coast Young Citizen of the Year.
“Ms Paulson is a founding member of the Bass Coast Youth Advocacy Group, Future Leaders Influencing our Community (FLIC), which was established in 2013,” Cr Brown said.
“Since the formation of the group, she has gone from active participant to leader and driver, including presenting to Council on issues relevant to young people in Bass Coast and was the guiding force behind the recently held FLIC It Up – Wonthaggi Community BBQ.
“Ms Paulson is a great example of a young woman with direction and community commitment – a worthy recipient of the 2015 Bass Coast Young Citizen of the Year.”
Cr Brown also acknowledged all nominees for this year’s awards, and said it was wonderful to see the dedicated community members recognised.
“There are so many inspiring people in our community whose hard work often goes unrecognised.
“Each year, Australia Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals in our community through the Citizen of the Year Awards,” Cr Brown said.
“It gives us the opportunity to recognise people who inspire us through their achievements, their community involvements and who challenges us to get out and make our own contribution to creating a better community.
“I congratulate each and every nominee for their achievements, and I’d also like to acknowledge and thank everyone who nominated someone this year.
“I strongly encourage people to consider submitting a nomination for the 2016 Awards.”
For more information on the winners and nominees, please see below.
2015 Bass Coast Young Citizen of the Year
Winner: Jess Paulson
Nominated by: Kerri Ritchie
Jess is a founding member of the Bass Coast Youth Advocacy Group FLIC (Future Leaders Influencing our Community) which was established in 2013.
Since the formation of the group, Jess has gone from active participant to leader and driver, including presenting to Council on issues relevant to young people in Bass Coast and was the guiding force behind the recently held “FLIC it up – Wonthaggi Community BBQ”.
As a member of the family singing group “The Harmonisers”, Jess performs at community fundraising events, activities and social functions.
Involvement in advocating on significant issues affecting the local and broader community, Jess shows her belief in standing up for the thing you believe in and supporting your community.
Jess is passionate about her community and very giving of her time. Although having just completed year 11 exams, Jess has already indicated she will continue her community involvement through FLIC and Mitchell House during her year 12 studies.
2015 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year
Winner: Jeff Nottle
Nominated by: Ann Davie
Jeff has been involved in a number of community groups, holding leadership roles in some of them.
Jeff has a keen interest in the environment and has held positions on the San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management for six years, including the position of Vice President.
He is currently Chair of the Preserve Western Port Action Group, which is a sub group of the Phillip Island Conservation Society.
Holding this position for the past nine months, Jeff has worked tirelessly to promote the significant natural assets Bass Coast has to offer, with a view to preserving our coasts, flora and fauna for the community to enjoy into the future.
Jeff has also volunteered his time as member of the Newhaven Yacht Squadron Management Committee for seven years.
Nominations for 2015 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year
Nominee: Tony Hughes
Nominated by: Pam Williams
Having moved to Glen Forbes in 1991, Tony became interested in the area’s local history.
After researching the history of the construction of the Glen Forbes Gorge Road (a World War 1 soldier settlement project) and spending countless hours researching, Tony wrote ‘Sledge to Studebaker’. This ensured the history of the Gorge Road construction is recorded for all to enjoy.
Tony has also been instrumental in locating a memorial to the returned servicemen who constructed the road along the Gorge and a ‘history board’ erected at the Glen Forbes Railway Station site.
As a follow-up Tony published his second book titled ‘Glen Forbes: A Brief History’.
After moving from Glen Forbes to Wonthaggi, Tony became involved in the Woodworkers’ Group, making models for local children to assemble.
Nominee: Ewan Cole
Nominated by: Allan Harris
Ewan has been a long time resident of Bass Coast.
His involvement with motorsport has been both local and on an international stage and he holds various volunteer positions with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
He is also one of the very few people who has worked as an official at all modern Formula One events in Australia and assisted the International Motor Sport Federation (FIA) with the running of the first Formula One races in Bahrain, Singapore and Korea.
Ewan worked at the Wonthaggi Secondary College as a maths/science teacher and while there, became involved with the Human Powered Vehicle Group. When an event was to be hosted in Wonthaggi, Ewan took on an organising position involving teams, pits and camping spacing. Ultimately, Ewan took on the position of Event Organiser and still holds this position, ensuring a successful event each year.
Ewan has also been involved locally with the
Wonthaggi Arts Centre, volunteering his time to work the lighting for local schools and theatre groups’ productions.
Energy Innovation Festivals – volunteering his time on the Festival committee.
Nominee: Fiona Passarin
Nominated by: Rebecca Wilson
In mid-2004 Bass Coast YMCA successfully applied for a Bass Coast Community Grant to deliver education and workshops on the prevention of violence against women.
Most of the work for this project, including, study, networking, planning, preparation and organising sessions was done in Fiona’s own time.
Continuing work sees sessions delivered to students at Newhaven College, Council staff and the State Emergency Service. Fiona has also delivered sessions as part of White Ribbon Week. More sessions are planned for 2015 and will expand to South Gippsland Shire.
In November 2014, Fiona received the YMCA Excellence in Community Development at the Victoria Staff and Volunteer Awards ceremony. She is also passionate about health and fitness and is a valued member of YMCA staff.
Fiona is also a member of a newly formed regional network established to continue work in the prevention of violence against women and the development of a strategic plan to address this issue.
Nominee: John Duscher
Nominated by: Sheila Ormerod
Having moved to Wonthaggi in 1975, John has been contributing to the community over the past 40 years, volunteering in a number of community groups and organisations.
Some of those groups include:
Uncle Bob’s Club
Rose Lodge Aged Care Board
Wonthaggi Rotary and Apex Clubs
Wonthaggi Rovers/Power Football Club; and
State Coal Mine Committee
John holds life membership with a number of these groups.
John has also contributed through his professional career of teaching and through his roles with both the Borough of Wonthaggi and Bass Coast Shire Council – as Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor.
John also volunteers his time to be available to fill the duties of a Bail Justice and Justice of the Peace.