The Town of Mosman Park recognised the following residents and community event in the 2011 Mosman Park Australia Day Awards.
Citizen of the Year: Russell Brown
Russell has been involved in the Mosman Park Rotary Club for 28 years. He has held various positions in the Club including President. He is currently the Club’s Project Director and is involved in all club activities.
Russell is also a member of the Mosman Park RSL, which he revitalised while secretary for four years. Russell was responsible for acquiring funds and organising the Annual Gunfire Breakfast on Anzac Day, the red poppy day appeal and many social functions each year. He also assists with the Town of Mosman Park’s Anzac Day Service.
While no longer a resident of Mosman Park, Russell plays an active part in local community and council activities. Through the Rotary, Russell liaises with and supports local sporting and social clubs. He also works tirelessly for the wider community as a member of the John Hughes Big Walk organising team. The Big Walk raises funds for the Princess Margaret Foundation each year.
Russell played a key role in the establishment of the Town of Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council in 1998, and currently provides support and friendship to several disabled and elderly Mosman Park residents. Russell is a quiet and cheerful community leader.
Young Citizen of the Year: Hannah Murray
Hannah was nominated due to her fantastic commitment to the community and the Town’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) since March 2007.
Hannah is a very active member of the YAC, who has volunteered at a large range of events including Junior Discos, AmpFest, skate-boarding events, youth movie nights, Picnics in the Park, aged care facility visits and Minim Cove Bringing Back the Bush celebrations. Hannah also recently volunteered her time to assist the Peppermint Grove Tennis Club with their Halloween Hotspot family BBQ event.
In addition to her activities in Mosman Park, Hannah volunteers fortnightly for St Vincent De Paul, sorting clothes and assisting customers. Hannah is a very enthusiastic, cheerful, caring and motivated young person who is always willing to contribute her opinion on youth issues to assist Council and state government agencies.
Community Event of the Year: Bringing Back the Bush 2010
Bringing Back the Bush events were held throughout winter of 2010 with the aim of gathering the local community together to protect and enhance remnant bushland in Mosman Park. The events were held at Minim Cove, Garungup Park and Bay View Park. The Friends of Mosman Park Bushland and local residents worked with the Town’s Bush Care Officer to create an event that was inclusive of the wider community. The events encouraged locals to take action in the protection of Mosman Park’s native bushland areas. Local schools provided entertainment and the Town provided barbeques and Devonshire tea for the hard workers.
The Friends of Mosman Park Bushland work through-out the year to protect and regenerate our native bushland parks and open space. The Group hold busy bees every Friday morning and the last Sunday of each month. They have made an impressive contribution to Mosman Park since their inception in 2008.