Four remarkable locals have been honoured for their efforts to make the community a better place during the City of Moreton Bay 2024 Australia Day Awards ceremony today.
Artist Martin Edge was named Citizen of the Year, while there were three Mayor’s Community Spirit Award winners: Gail Robinson, Dan Broxham and Julie Kaesar.
Flannery says there was a record number of nominations this year for the
awards, which recognise outstanding achievement and dedication to the Moreton
to have so many amazing individuals who all could’ve won an award this year,
which is a real testament to the strength of our Moreton Bay community spirit,”
“All of our
winners this year have volunteered to support the community in some capacity,
which is some of the most important work happening across our city. Volunteers
truly are the lifeblood of the community in many ways.
“It was a
privilege to award Martin Edge with the Citizen of the Year award in
recognition of his dedication to arts and culture, as well as increasing
accessibility awareness in Moreton Bay.
“Martin is a
nationally recognised artist, long-time volunteer, ambassador for Autism
Queensland and is a great role model and mentor.
“It was also
a great honour to announce three recipients of the Mayor’s Community Spirit
Award; Gail Robinson, Dan Broxham, and Julie Kaeser.
them embodies compassion and devotion to service. They truly serve as the
backbone and spirit of their communities, driven by a genuine desire to help.
Bay community is filled with countless stories of dedication; inspiration,
selflessness and individual achievement and these awards are a great
opportunity to acknowledge our local heroes.
to all of this year’s nominees and award recipients.”
About the award winners
Martin Edge is an accomplished artist from Strathpine, and ambassador for Autism Queensland.
Martin has given countless hours to volunteering including at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery. He started painting in 2007 and has made his mark in Australian art by exploring special interests through artwork and adventure-making.
He is a mentor to others who also identify as on the autism spectrum. His current exhibition on display at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery, All the best, from Martin Edge, is an inclusive, playful, sensory experience with a particular focus on supporting neurodivergent visitors.
Martin Edge is an inspiration to many, and Moreton Bay is a more vibrant and welcoming place because of him.
Gail Robinson is a beacon of light in the Māori and Pasifika communities, driving positive change in Moreton Bay.
Since 2004, she's made regular visits from the Sunshine Coast to mentor parents and fostered leaders in various local organisations.
Gail's leadership has transformed Pasifika Families, leading to Australia's largest Polynesian festival, drawing more than 10,000 visitors annually.
Beyond the Pasifika community, Gail's outreach includes cultural workshops that fosters unity among diverse groups.
Her cultural contributions earned her Moreton Bay Region's Cultural Award in 2014. Gail's journey exemplifies the transformative power of community building, mentorship, and cultural celebration.
Dan Broxham is a Christmas lights enthusiast who has transformed his Sparkes Road property at Bray Park into a dazzling display for many years, spreading joy in the community.
Beyond the visual spectacle, Dan's generosity shines through, distributing thousands of presents to those facing challenges.
He embodies Santa Claus throughout December, ensuring a magical experience for families, especially those unable to afford Santa photos.
Dan's inclusive display caters to all abilities, emphasising accessibility. His impact extends beyond lights, with giveaways, Christmas hampers, and more than 1500 gifts distributed each December. Dan reflects the true spirit of Christmas, inspiring a ripple effect of joy in the community.
Julie Kaeser stands as a pillar of Caboolture, dedicating more than five decades to community service. As a school teacher, she has had a profound impact on education, while being an active church member and key contributor to Sunday school and fundraising.
Julie has been involved in Caboolture Rugby Club since its inception, fundraising and documenting the club's progress.
She has also provided support to the community through Meals on Wheels, been a national volleyball representative, and authored books which preserve local stories.
Julie's life intertwines with Caboolture's history, embodying love, resilience, and vibrant community spirit. Her legacy is one of enduring love and service.
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