Victoria Seniors Festival Runs From 2-9 October 2011

Victoria Seniors Festival Runs From 2-9 October 2011

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Warracknabeal Historian Named Victorian Senior of the Year

Victor P Taffa

Inspirational Warracknabeal volunteer Doug McColl, 82, was today announced as the winner of the Premier’s Award during the 2011 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards at Government House.

Speaking on the eve of International Older Persons Day, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said Mr. McColl was a dedicated and passionate volunteer who contributed as a gardener, fund raiser and historian in the Warracknabeal community.

“Doug is amongst the many older Victorians whose wisdom and energy make a huge difference in our community.” Premier Baillieu said.

Mr. McColl was one of 13 seniors recognised at the 2011 Senior of the Year Awards, with awards presented by Premier Baillieu, Minister for Ageing David Davis and the Council on the Ageing President Janet Wood.

“Mr. McColl’s untiring service and dedication to the town of Warracknabeal was formally recognised in 1985 when he was awarded the Order of Australia.” Premier Baillieu said.

“He was the inaugural secretary of the Warracknabeal Promotions Committee, a member of the Townscape Committee and the Warracknabeal Arts Council and a dedicated member of the Warracknabeal Historical Society for more than 50 years.”

Among the other award winners were Bill O’Connor of Croydon who won the Healthy and Active Living Award, Joan Gillespie of Heidelberg West who won the Veteran Community Award and Helen Jurcevic of Lower Templestowe who was presented with the first-ever Promotion of Multiculturalism Award.

Nine other Victorian seniors received a Senior Achiever Award from the Council of the Ageing (COTA). The awards were a fitting lead-up to the annual Victorian Seniors Festival that runs from 2 to 9 October.

“Victorian seniors will be able to enjoy more than 1,000 events during the festival, including special events for rural towns affected by floods.” Premier Baillieu said.

“During the festival, free metropolitan and regional public transport will be offered for all Victorian Seniors Card holders to attend festival events and visit friends and family.”