The 2018 Victorian of the Year was today announced at 10.30am along with four other awards for outstanding public and community services, during the Victoria Day Council Awards ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall. Victoria Day 2018 marks the 167th anniversary of the official separation of Victoria from New South Wales and the formal proclamation as an independent State by Governor La Trobe.
The momentous occasion was re-enacted outside the Melbourne Town Hall today; giving award winners, dignitaries and passers-by a unique experience of Governor La Trobe’s Proclamation of Separation and a traditional flag-raising ceremony to mark the occasion. Later, at a formal awards ceremony in Swanston Hall, the Victorian of the Year and other award recipients were presented their awards by representatives of the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries.
Awards were presented to the following individuals and groups in the following categories:
Victorian of the Year: Dr Susan Alberti AC
Young Victorian of the Year: Daniel Poole
Victoria Day Award for the Arts: Victorian Opera
Good Corporate Citizen: John Holland Group
Organisation: Cathy Freeman Foundation
The selection of the award recipients was made by the Trustees of the Victorian Day Council after careful deliberation of many worthy nominations, all of whom have made significant and valuable contributions to the Victorian community. The Trustees of the Victoria Day Council is made up of previous Victorian of the Year Award recipients.
The Chairman of the Victoria Day Council, Mr Tony Cree was delighted with the selection of the award recipients, stating that, “The Victoria Day Council each year is honoured to introduce this year’s winners. The Victoria Day Council recognises people in the community that have gone above and beyond their contribution to the community within Victoria. On behalf of the Victoria Day Council, I thank them and congratulate them on their truly outstanding achievements and the great work they have done, I am thrilled they have been recognised in this way.”
Victoria Day celebrates Victoria’s independence and the rich history it has enjoyed since separation from New South Wales on 1st July 1851, 167 years later; Victorians are still enjoying the benefits of this occasion.
Victoria Day awards those individuals and groups who have made significant and valuable contributions to Victorian communities. The Victoria Day Council has the acknowledgement and encouragement of the Victorian Government and the Governor of Victoria.