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Australia Day Award winners for 2020 revealed


Georges River Council was delighted to announce the winners of its Australia Day Awards at the Australia Day Festival in Carss Bush Park on Sunday 26 January 2020.
The Australia Day Award categories were expanded this year to include: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and new categories, Green Advocate of the Year, and an Arts and Cultural Award. 

Council would like to thank Citizen of the Year Mr Ivan McKay, Young Citizen of the Year Miss Eliza Martin, Green Advocate of the Year Mr George Carrard and Mr Fox Chan, recipient of the Georges River Council Arts and Cultural Award, for their outstanding contributions to the Georges River community.
Citizen of the Year for 2020: Mr Ivan McKay from Lions Club, Lugarno
Ivan has been an active member of the Lions Club in Lugarno for 23 years. He has held the position of President and been on the Board for many years. Ivan has previously received the Melvin Jones Fellowship (and Progressive Award), William Tresise Fellowship, James D Richardson, ALCMF Barry Palmer Recognition Award and the Follow Your Dream Foundation Award.
Ivan facilitated the Lugarno Lions fundraising initiative to assist those affected by the drought, which became a Lions District project and raised $47,000. He has been involved in many other local community projects such as the Lugarno Lions Spring Festival and annual Sports Breakfast events.
Ivan always demonstrates commitment, dedication and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude in any role he takes on.
Young Citizen of the Year: Miss Eliza Martin
Eliza is a passionate, 17 year-old school student who is determined to create innovative solutions to help improve the lives of members of our community.

Eliza’s most recent innovation is a long-term treatment for lactose intolerance - a condition which affects 65% of the world’s population. This treatment was reviewed by health professionals at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2019, where Eliza was awarded fourth place in the Medicine category. ISEF is the largest pre-college science fair in the world and is considered the Youth Science Olympics.
In 2017, at age 15, Eliza focused her research skills on developing a mobility assisting machine. She invented EMMA - the Electro-Magnetic Mobility Assistor - a device which uses electromagnets to facilitate the movement of the legs of bed-bound patients, and can also assist with walking.
Eliza is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our society and plans to continue her research and innovative work in the future.
Green Advocate of the Year: Mr George Carrard
This accolade is awarded to a local group or person who has supported a waste-smart, litter and plastic-free Georges River and contributed to the environmental awareness or preservation of local ecosystems.
George has actively increased community awareness regarding global warming for many years. He was instrumental in the formation of the Oatley branch of the Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) four years ago and, along with other CCL members, has met with politicians and captains of industry.
George organises and advertises monthly meetings for the CCL, which are held on the second Sunday of each month at Oatley RSL.
The Georges River Council Arts and Cultural Award: Mr Fox Chan
A brilliant violinist and educator, Fox Chan has been performing and providing musical education for decades. He has won many major competitions and awards in Australia, and played concerts as a soloist worldwide.
Fox delivers a professional educational environment through his music academy in Hurstville - Arco Music Academy, and founded the very first Chamber Orchestra in Hurstville.
He also founded the Fox International Music Association, to nurture the next generation of young musicians and encourage appreciation of classical music. Fox is currently organising the first Sydney International Music Festival in 2020, with the aim of inviting great musicians from all over the world to Sydney.

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