Moreton Australia Day Awards

Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, will hold the eighth annual Moreton Australia Day Awards next Tuesday.

The Moreton Australia Day Awards recognise the valuable contribution made by selfless individuals throughout the southside community. 

‘It’s appropriate that on a day like Australia Day, we take the time to say thank you to those people in our community who have freely given their time, energy and expertise to help others and strengthen our community,’  said Mr Perrett.

There are 23 recipients from a broad range of backgrounds.   

Mr Perrett will be joined by Lady Benise Killen, who will present the Sir James Killen Award for Outstanding Community Service from one of the hardworking 23 nominees.

The Moreton Australia Day awards will be held at the Yeronga State High School and commence at 8.15am.


2015 Local Members Community Service Awards

Kelevi Roqica

Locally, Kelevi operates a welfare shop and a food bank. Internationally he sends food containers to the Pacific Islands including Vanuatu and an orphanage in Fiji. Kelevi is also a Pastor at the Church of Apostles of God.

Riyaad Ally

Riyaad has been volunteering with Crescents of Brisbane for 12 years and is heavily involved in their annual fun run- CresWalk. Riyaad also volunteers with Muslim Aid Australia and Muslim Charitable Foundation.

Tukula Tuqiri

Tukula regularly volunteers with his church welfare shop, collecting donations for the food bank and delivering donated furniture to families in need.

Yousuf Meer 

Yousuf has been nominated today for his work with the Muslim Charitable Foundation. As one of the founders and President of this organisation, Yousuf assisted victims of bush fires and droughts often donating money from his own pocket.

Feisal Essof

Every year Feisal contributes greatly to the Moreton community through his work with Muslim Charitable Foundation, Shave for a Cure, Bush Fire Appeal and he is also White Ribbon Ambassador. 

Leanne Hill

Leanne Hill has been nominated for her volunteer work at MacGregor Primary School. For the past 5 years Leanne has been the Vice President of the P & C, a role she carries out with passion and perfection. The P & C at MacGregor are responsible for Mayfest which hosts 10,000 visitors from around Brisbane.

Victoria Hutchings

Victoria Hutchings is from Yeronga State High School. Victoria has been teaching at Yeronga State High since 1992 and during this time she has directed and produced seven musicals, the annual drama events and most importantly instilled a sense of social justice into your students. Victoria has actively encouraged the students of Yeronga State High School to fundraise and support the wider community including Cambodian landmine victims.


Annie Sun

Annie Sun volunteers with the World Arts Multicultural Inc (WAMCI), Queensland Chinese Development Association and the Taiwan Friendship Association of Queensland. Annie is an energetic, reliable and efficient volunteer. She holds the position of Treasurer at WAMCI and Secretary with the Queensland Chinese Development Association.

Narelle Morris

Narelle is involved with the Annerley Friendship Club and known for her kind and generous nature. Her trauma teddies are sent to doctor’s surgeries and help to put big smiles on the faces of sick children.  

David Gowdie

David Gowdie is the owner of Living in The Shires, a magazine which services Oxley, Corinda, Graceville, Chelmer and Tennyson suburbs. David created a magazine to cater for his local community. Living in the Shires promotes local businesses and encourages residents to shop locally. David currently pays for the publication out of his own pocket. 

Luis Oliveira

Luis is from St David’s Neighbourhood Centre and is being commended for his work in the gardens at St David’s Neighbourhood Centre. Luis transformed the gardens from rocks and weeds into a beautiful garden. He even donated the plants from his own garden.

Mr Gary Ramm

Gary is a local retiree and former school Principal who has been volunteering in the Sunnybank Electorate office 3 times a week. He uses his background as a teacher to focus school engagement with the state government programs and grants. Gary played a vital role in setting up the district school P&C forums to encourage knowledge sharing between different schools in the Sunnybank electorate.  

Mr Des Broom

Des is the Acting Secretary of the Sunnybank District Community Men’s Shed and also the Sponsorship & Fundraising Officer of Sunnybank RSL Sub Branch.  Des has made a huge contribution to the local area. . 

Ms Trish Cattermole

Trish is the Director of Acacia Ridge District and Community Centre Support. Trish and the Acacia Ridge District and Community Centre play a critical role within the human services system, providing support and services to some of the highest need suburbs in Brisbane. Established in 1989 the centre has been providing universal services to the local community for over 23 years. Starting off in its early beginnings as a modest neighbourhood house it has grown to become a vital and energetic community hub.

Ruth Dart

Ruth provides religious instruction at Runcorn State School. For many years Ruth has volunteered in local primary schools, offering her time and experience to the students.  

Yasmin Khan

Yasmin helps put together Eidfest but aside from this she works hard to educate women about family violence, carries out public speaking at schools, organisations and leadership teams to dispel myths about Islam.  

James Leung

For the past 20 years James Leung rom the Cathay Community Association has been running a Tai Chi class in D.M Henderson Park, MacGregor which is enjoyed by up to 50 local community members.    

Merle Stockdale

The Yeronga Dutton Park RSL annually hosts an ANZAC Day ceremony in Gair Park with 500-800 people in attendance. The service is followed by a delicious morning tea of home baked treats including short bread, all prepared by Merle Stockdale.

Michael Dehmie

Michael Dehmie is President of the Community Service (Liberia) Incorporated. Michael is strongly involved in the Liberian community.  He was instrumental in obtaining funding for a community library project which aims to improve numeracy and literacy skills of African migrant children from non-English backgrounds.

Michael also led the cause for the first ‘Brisbane Christmas Festival’ held on Christmas Day in Mortimer Rd Park, Acacia Ridge.  This festival was open to the general public and provided an opportunity to those less fortunate to enjoy a day of free activities and entertainment in the park and to foster new friendships.  There were gifts for the children.

Michael is a passionate and caring man who has a genuine interest in giving back to the community.  His aim is to become a doctor.   


Lindsay Hill

Lindsay Hill from the Oxley Bowls Club. Lindsay has been recognised for his volunteer work and as chair of the Oxley Bowls Club. Lindsay is a great advocate for the local area of Oxley and we are grateful for his knowledge and expertise.

Jack Rance

Jack is an activist with the Tennyson Residents’ Association and a voice for the local people of Tennyson.

Dr Sandra Woodbridge

Dr Sandra Woodbridge is President of the Management Committee of Flexi Care Inc. Flexi Care is a not for profit organisation who provides community based support for people with a disability. Sandra has 10 years of service to Flexi Care in a volunteer capacity.  

Mr Rikki Lyon OAM

Rikki has been a member of the Scouts since 1948 and an active Scout Leader for 48 years. His dedication to scouting has been acknowledged with an Order Of Australia medal.  



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