Local resident, Colin Brick, has been honoured in the Queens Birthday awards with the Order of Australia Medal for his extensive community activities.
Colin has lived in Boolarra since 1987 and has been involved in a wide range of community activities. Since the early 1990’s he has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Boolarra Memorial Park committee of management. He was a foundation member of the Mirboo North-Boolarra Rail Trail Committee, now the Grand Ridge Rail Trail. For the past six years he has been on the Primary School finance committee.
In 2001-2002 he was instrumental in the establishment of the Boolarra Community Development Group, and he has been a member of the executive ever since, serving in the roles of Treasurer, Chair and Secretary during this period. In 2007 he coordinated the community submission that resulted in Boolarra being awarded the Best Victorian Small Town under 5,000 people.
After the 2009 bushfires he took on the role of Chair of the Boolarra-Yinnar Community Recovery Committee as the group identified the recovery needs of the two communities, and developed and implemented plans to address the physical, environmental and social issues arising from the fires.
Colin has had an ongoing involvement with the Boolarra Folk Festival since inception. For the first three years he chased up the funding and grant opportunities essential to enable a “free” festival to be staged. Concerned at safety issues arising from traffic along Tarwin Street, he also developed and implemented the traffic management plan to ensure the safe by-pass of through traffic away from the festival staging area.
The Australia Day celebration, which has been going from strength to strength for five years, arose from Colin’s conception that we should celebrate Boolarra as a strong and vibrant community, whose strength derives from the many wonderful volunteers who give, with no thought of recognition. The associated Community Awards enable these valuable contributors to be acknowledged by their peers and friends.
Well done to Colin Brick on this timely recognition of his contribution to our community.