Thank you Lewis Lee for your introduction.
I would also like to thank the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay our respects to their elders past and present.
May I start by acknowledging:
Lady Benise Killen
The Hon. Mark Bailey, Qld. Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy Biofuels and Water Supply
Mr Peter Russo, Member for Sunnybank
Mr Duncan Pegg, Member for Stretton
Councillor Nicole Johnston, Tennyson Ward
Councillor Steve Griffiths, Moorooka Ward
Past Moreton Australia Day Award recipients
It is my absolute pleasure to be here today to celebrate the spirit of community we are all so lucky to enjoy here in Moreton.
These awards have become a proud feature of our community’s calendar.
They are an important reminder that we are not just individuals living in the same geographic location but we are a community working together.
The work that each of our award recipients do may vary, but each of them, through their work, touch the lives of others and make those lives better.
These awards celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things within their own community.
In the past year some terrible events have occurred here in Moreton, around the country and around the world.
In the face of such devastating tragedy we see and feel overwhelming anguish but we also see the extraordinary capabilities of ordinary people.
Here in Moreton, just down the road at Moorooka, we had one of our cab drivers show extreme bravery by saving passengers from a burning bus.
Just last week in Melbourne a man, faced with the enormous tragedy of people being killed and maimed in front of him, leapt in to help those who were hurt. He showed amazing courage and leadership. That man was also a cab driver just going about his normal run until the unexpected tragedy occurred.
Ordinary people are capable of extraordinary and selfless acts.
When I look around this room, I see ordinary people that do extraordinary and selfless acts on a regular basis.
Our community would not be the wonderful, rich and inclusive community that it is without these tireless volunteers giving their time generously day after day.
The recipients of the Moreton Australia Awards in 2017 are as diverse as the community that we live in.
Some of this year’s recipients volunteer across many of the cultural and religious communities within Moreton, actively demonstrating the wonderful inclusiveness of our community.
By their quiet example, day after day, they are signalling to the rest of us the way we should all be treating our neighbours.
I am thankful to all of the recipients for their example. Such behaviour can be contagious.
In these tough economic times where cuts are being made to services and the cost of living continues to rise, it is encouraging to see such a high level of commitment from so many community volunteers.
It is hard to imagine our community without these wonderful people giving their time to help others.
Today is about recognising all of their efforts and the contribution they make to this great community of Moreton that I am so proud to be a part of.
I will now hand over to Councillor Steve Griffiths to announce the first recipients.