Australia Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity, civic pride and what unites us as a community.

In Boroondara, one of the ways we celebrate Australia Day is by welcoming new citizens and recognising those in our community who selflessly and tirelessly work to improve the quality of life for others.

At our citizenship ceremony, 129 people from 32 different countries became Australian citizens. I have no doubt that they will make an enormous contribution to Boroondara’s rich cultural diversity and positively shape our city’s future.

We are fortunate to have in our community many passionate and hardworking citizens who make a positive difference in our local and broader communities.

This year we proudly honoured Jan Dimmick, Graham Foard and Gwenda Foard as joint recipients of the Boroondara Citizen of the Year Award. Each one of them has devoted many years to various community, charity and sporting groups in Boroondara. Their leadership and selfless contributions are truly inspiring.

Lauren Gregory was named Young Citizen of the Year for her work with the Girl Guides where she volunteers as a unit leader; developing and delivering fun, educational programs for young girls.

Rosemary Chapple was named Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, supporting and advising young people at police stations in Boroondara and beyond.

Special commendations were also handed to Jean Sloman for 42 years with Samarinda Ashburton Aged Care Services and Barbara French for 30 years with the Salvation Army.

A new public artwork, The Intersection by local artist Anderson Hunt, was also unveiled at the Hawthorn Civic Space. It’s a fitting piece for the occasion and the space as it was inspired by human interactions and how people interact with the built environment on a physical and emotional level.

I invite you to visit this latest addition to our City’s public art collection next time you are in the neighbourhood.

For more information, see citizens awards and citizenship ceremonies.