30 June 2022
Witnessing the 171st anniversary of Victoria and Victoria Day Awards
The Philippine Consul General was invited by the Victoria Day Council to the Reenactment of Governor La Trobe’s Proclamation of Separation of the State of Victoria from New South Wales, a historic event that took place on 1 July 1851.
The Reenactment was held in front of the historic Melbourne Town Hall on 30 June 2022, followed by the Victoria Day Awards Presentation inside the Town Hall with the presence of the Rt Hon. Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp, the Hon. Alex Chernov QC, the 28th Governor of Victoria, Hon. John Brumby O, 45th Premier of Victoria and Dr. Susan Alberti AC, 2019 Victorian of the Year.
Kevin John Sheedy AO received the Victorian of the Year. The awardee is a former Australian rules football coach and player in the Australian Football League, having played and coached in a combined total of 929 games over 47 years. He spoke convincingly of the contribution of migrants to the Victorian economy and social fabric of the community, and the strength of volunteerism in improving the quality of life.
Left: Young Victorian of the Year awardee Julia Kay, flanked by the Hon. Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Consul General Maria Lourdes Salcedo and Vice-Chair of the Victoria Day Council, May Kuok. Right: At the Reenactment of the Separation of Victoria from NSW in 1851 in front of the Melbourne Town Hall with Honor Guards.
Other awards given were 1) Young Victorian of the Year, to Julia Kay, who is the co-owner and co-founder of “Great Wrap’ an alternative to plastic wrapping recycled from food waste; 2) Victoria Day Award for Arts to Footscray Community Center; 3) Good Corporate Citizen to Cotton Organics, a business that provides assistance to women and girls, particularly victims of domestic violence; and 4) Victoria Day Award for Public and Community Service to St. John’s Ambulance which has been helping Victorians in emergency situations, including bushfires and other disasters since 1883. END