Australia Day awards to councillors
Two Shire of Harvey residents have been named among the the national Australia Day Honours recipients and they both just happen to be councillors.
Cr Peter Monagle was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to local government and the Shire of Harvey and Cr Francis Burgoyne was awarded an Australian Fire Service Medal for 39 years of service.
Cr Monagle has been on the Harvey Shire Council since 1996, having served as both deputy and president, and was made a life member of the Western Australian Local Government Association in 2011.
“I have been president of about 10 different organisations, from an opera company to a hockey club, you name it, and now I’m president of the Men’s Shed,” Cr Monagle said.
Cr Burgoyne has spent almost four decades volunteering with volunteer fire brigades but spent most of this time with his home brigade in Brunswick.
Cr Burgoyne said he was shocked to receive the award but it felt “awesome” and “unreal”.
“I could think of a lot of other people that deserve it as well but no one’s nominated them and it’s a big process, granted, and I’m very grateful to the people who have nominated me.”
Cr Burgoyne said it was important to recognise award winners, and all volunteers, on big calendar days such as Australia Day.
Cr Burgoyne said he never imagined receiving such a high honour when he first started out with the Brunswick Fire and rescue Service in 1977.
“I don’t think anyone does, you don’t do it for the award, you do it for your community, you do it because you’re family has been involved, there’s a whole plethora of reasons that you join a fire brigade,” he said.
Cr Burgoyne said he could not have come this far without the support from his family and was proud to be part of the brigade that both his parents volunteered with.
Cr Monagle wanted to shine a light on all volunteers, stating there were other people more deserving.
“I have had strong support from my wife and family through a lot of long days and long hours,” he said.
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