Griffith Australia Day Awards 2018 - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Griffith Australia Day Awards




In January 2018, Terri continued Kevin Rudd's tradition of recognising local volunteers, at the 19th annual Griffith Australia Day Awards. 

Criteria for selection:

  • Community influence: the nominee has shown initiative, has made achievements, and has inspired others;
  • Dedication: the nominee has shown dedication through their commitment to and/or length of service, through the routines they have adopted, and through their reliability.

Congratulations to this year's winners. Read their profiles here. The individual recipients were:

  • Marilyn Boyce
  • Jean Burke
  • Karen Czornohalan
  • Tokiko Dawson
  • John Debenham
  • Peter Forday
  • Jim Gable
  • Ross Hall
  • Ross Hielscher
  • Dr Vladis Kosse
  • Dr Paul Massarotto
  • Allan Mitchell
  • Randall New
  • Chi Pham
  • Billie Pelling
  • Glenys Pollock
  • Donald Richards
  • Beverly Strous
  • Marj Warry
  • David Woodcock


The  groups that were recognised were:

  • Environmental Defender's Office volunteers Andrew Dunn, Ernestine Kirsch, Julian Ladd, Jemma Lanyon and Anna Simpson
  • Circles of Life QLD's Carol MacArthur, Janet Godwin, Imogen Johnson, Jill Wootton and Jemma MacArthur
  • Dauphin Tce Bushcare Group's Sarah Lejeune and David McDonald
  • Friends of Balmoral Cemetery's Jenny Clark, Julie Gustafson, Antony Rogers, Lorraine Russell
  • St Clement Melkite Catholic Church's Mrs Yolla Chibly and Reverend Father Elie Francis
  • World Wellness Group volunteers


And we were excited to induct into the GADA Hall of Fame the Bulimba District Historical Society represented by Rai Laaja, Norman Love, Patricia Mullins, Brenda Nolan, John Rathbone, Robert Turner, Russell Turner, Judith Salter and Diane Sinden.


Past Griffith Australia Day Awards

For information about the 2017 awards and past recipients, please click here

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  • John Sinclair
    commented 2017-09-26 22:19:57 +1000
    Nomination for Tokiko Dawson
    Griffith Australia Day Volunteer Award

    In December 2016 Tokiko Dawson celebrated her 75th Birthday and 50 years in Australia. She came to Australia to marry Peter Dawson who she met when he was on a holiday in her native Japan.

    She has lived in the Griffith Electorate for 45 years in Kangaroo Point, Norman Park and since 1998 at 94 Bennetts Road Coorparoo.

    When Tokiko ‘s two daughters had left home her energies as a very supportive mother moved to community service. The first began her monumental contribution to stopping the weeds in Fraser Island’s urban villages escaping into the surrounding National Park in 2002. Since then she has contributed over 30 separate weeks working on weeds as an unpaid volunteer mainly in Eurong village. She is the most experienced and dedicated volunteer in the weed management program of the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation.

    Tokiko’s volunteer work for Fraser Island though isn’t limited just to her physical work on the island. Back in Camp Hill she works provisioning other teams of Volunteers who work on Fraser Island increasing their productivity enabling them to spend more hours in the field. She also spends countless hours in documenting the progress made and developing a weed management strategy for Eurong. Her indefatigable work has rescued Eurong and helped restore the natural integrity of this busiest hub on this amazing World Heritage site.

    Tokiko was so offended by the weed invasion in along Bridgewater Creek as it flowed through Wembley Park that she decided to take matters into her own hands and starting from near the bridge to the netball courts with her own resources progressively eliminated the thick stands of tall Green Panic and other weeds and replaced them with natives, many raised in her own small nursery. The work that Tokiko began is now being complemented by the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee. With grants and other volunteers N4C is extending the planting. However Tokiko continues to be actively engaged in nurturing this small ecosystem she helped establish.

    This is not a complete record of Tokiko’s volunteer work but it is illustrative of her commitment and community dedication. She has been an unsung hero and without her efforts and other volunteers like her, large parts of a favourite recreation area for many people of Griffith (Fraser Island (Kgari)) would be over-run with invasive species

    Nominated by John Sinclair AO
  • Georgia Betros
    published this page in What's Happening 2017-09-11 16:35:55 +1000

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