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Published 26 January 2019

A loyal and hardworking Red Cross member for 37 years and a not-for-profit community organisation are the City of Tea Tree Gully’s Australia Day award winners for 2019.

Our outstanding citizen, Christine Houlson, has been the Tea Tree Gully and Northern Zone president and member of the Red Cross Board for three years.

As Emergency Service Liaison Officer with Red Cross, Christine was sent to Queensland to assist with an equine flu epidemic and a severe storm.

Christine is also the district chairman for Inner Wheel and a member of a choir who raise money for charity.

Tea Tree Gully Toy Library, our outstanding community group, is enjoyed by families with children aged under 12, plus residents of any age with additional needs, grandparents and carers.

The toy library is an independent not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers that helps to foster children’s social development and offers support to isolated and disadvantaged families.

Mayor Kevin Knight, in presenting the awards at today’s Australia Day Citizenship and Award Ceremony at Modbury, acknowledged the achievements of award winners and nominees.

“It’s wonderful to have people and groups like this in our community. The work they do and the way they go about it is to be commended,” he said.

Other nominees -

  • Outstanding citizen: Brad Chilcott, David Durant, Jacob Hofland, Jeffrey McCormack and Mario Giovanni Minuzzo
  • Outstanding Community Group: Friends of Anstey Hill, Lions Club of Golden Grove and Pioneer Court Community Garden.

Australia Day celebrations
For residents looking to celebrate Australia Day today, Tea Tree Gully is hosting Civic Park AusDay, with free family entertainment, including inflatables, rides, attractions, performances and food trucks. More information.

An Australia Mega Day event will also be held at Waterworld. More information

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