Members Statement: Spirit of Moonee Valley Community Awards

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — On Friday, 11 October, I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Spirit of Moonee Valley community awards to recognise those members of our community who help the disadvantaged, aged, youth and people with disabilities as well as those who have an impact on our local environment, arts and community health. The Spirit of Moonee Valley community awards are a highlight on the local calendar. Since their introduction 14 years ago by the then mayor, Trevor Sinclair, hundreds of locals have been recognised for helping others and the community at large.

Importantly this year more than 60 per cent of the 36 awards were made to women, including Citizen of the Year Yvonne Kernan, who was recognised for her work in
protecting our local heritage and amenity through her roles at the Ascot Vale Residents Action Group and the Essendon Historical Society. Yvonne also has a strong commitment to social justice. In the late 1980s she was an early member of the Essendon Legal Service, which is now known as the Moonee Valley Legal Service. She played an important role in bringing about the alliance between the Wingate Avenue Community Centre, which houses some 2000 public housing tenants, and the local community legal centre. I acknowledge Yvonne’s contribution to the community.

Hansard, Thursday 28 November, 2013