Media Release

To           All Media

From       Mayor, Cr Cheryl Fuller

Date        25/01/2024

Re           Central Coast Australia Day “Breakfast by the Beach” event

Recipients of Central Coast’s Australia Day 2024 Awards Announced

The Central Coast Council marked Australia Day 2024 with a ‘Breakfast by the Beach’ event at Ulverstone Soundshell. This was followed by a formal Citizenship and Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

The event started at 8:45am in the morning with a performance from Ulverstone Municipal Band and breakfast by local service club members, which included egg and bacon sandwiches, pancakes, and a sausage sizzle.  

“This event allows our community a chance to reflect on our past, to recognise the challenges and rewards of the last year, to welcome new citizens, and to celebrate the contributions and achievements of some exceptional community members”. Said Cr Cheryl Fuller, Mayor

Mayor Fuller led the day’s proceedings, which included a special address provided by local sports identity, Craig Redman. Mr Redman was the first ever recipient of the Central Coast Council (formally Ulverstone Council) Young Citizen of the Year award in 1986. He then went on to receive the Sporting Achievement Award in 2000, which he received due to his local and international sporting accomplishments as a Triathlete.

Presented were the following Australia Day Awards, which recognised the outstanding contributions of the special individuals and groups within the Central Coast community.

Colin Wearne received the Citizen of the Year Award for over 49 years of involvement in the Central Coast Cricket and Football Clubs. This was as a player, administrator, and advocate.

The Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Braydan Flannery for his commitment to the Ulverstone Volunteer Marine Rescue and the lifesaving services that it performs.

Accepted by Sally Sally Cotterell, the Community Event of the Year was awarded to the South Riana Memorial Hall for its 80th Anniversary and unveiling of the World War II honour board. These two significant events have reconnected many families to the history of the region and the hall itself.

The Community Group of the Year was awarded to The Albert Street Gang for providing inclusive and supportive surfing experiences at Turners Beach, which contributed to the health and social wellbeing of participants from all around North West Tasmania.

Mayor Fuller was thrilled to pay tribute to the many outstanding individuals and community groups in Tasmania’s Central Coast, and acknowledged the endless value they bring to the region.