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					Melbourne Awards Bulletin

July 2009

Winners announced next month
Judging for the 2009 Melbourne Awards is now underway and winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Melbourne Day eve, Saturday 29 August. The annual event is a highlight on the City of Melbourne calendar attracting over 600 guests. The ceremony will pay tribute to all entrants and winners whose vision and hard work shapes our wonderful city. The final award of the night is the Melburnian of the Year which recognises the work of an exceptional person who has contributed to the city over many years. The gala ceremony will be held at the grand Melbourne Town Hall and feature Channel 7 celebrity hosts Peter Mitchell and Jennifer Kyte, a stellar entertainment program and a sumptuous dinner courtesy of Epicure. Tickets to the Melbourne Awards Gala Ceremony are now available. Tickets are $125.00 per person and can be purchased from the Awards Unit on 9658 9104.

Roundtable forum series kicks off
The first of the Melbourne Awards roundtable forums was held in May and explored what actions need to be taken to help planners, designers and residents achieve their vision of Melbourne as an ‘eco-city’. Rob Gell hosted the forum and facilitated lively debate among panellists and guests. We were fortunate to have Anne-Maree Dowd, Social Scientist from CSIRO in Brisbane, join the panel along with Councillor Dr Cathy Oke and Robert Turk, Sustainability Leader from Arup. The community roundtable, hosted by Spotless, was held on 18 June and addressed the topic of inclusive cities. In particular, what the Melbourne community needs to do to become a truly inclusive city and what it takes to ensure we all value different voices, priorities and rights. The profile roundtable will be hosted by Vecci on 30 July. Panellists will discuss Melbourne as a creative city and why, in these uncertain times, we need to nurture creativity and innovation more than ever before.

2008 winner remains passionate
Many readers may remember Kim Thien Truong, a passionate volunteer who won the 2008 Award for Individual Contribution to Environment. Kim is dedicated to educating all sectors of the Vietnamese community about conservation and environmental sustainability. For several years she has delivered a series of environmental education workshops aimed at all sectors of the Vietnamese community. She has visited schools, temples and senior citizen groups to introduce people to simple tools and techniques that can be used at home and at work. By overcoming cultural and language barriers, she has empowered Melbourne's Vietnamese community to reduce energy and water consumption, reduce waste and increase recycling. "Winning the Melbourne Award opened many doors for me. I’ve been invited to speak on panels and in forums and there’s also been media interest in my charity work," Kim said.

"I do a lot of volunteer and charity work so it's good to be recognised for this by the City of Melbourne. I'm happy my work is valued." Along with her conservation and environmental charity work, Kim also hosts a Vietnamese radio show on SBS and recently raised over $30,000 to bring a seriously ill Vietnamese child to Melbourne for treatment at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Celebrate Melbourne Day
On 30 August 1835 the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River aboard the schooner Enterprize. This year marks 174 years since the city we now call Melbourne started to take shape. Melbourne Day is a time to celebrate everything that makes Melbourne great – our rich history, beautiful parklands, unique shopping and dining experiences, sporting culture, thriving artistic community, and of course, the people of Melbourne. A variety of events and attractions are planned for Melbourne Day including the official flag raising ceremony at Enterprize Park, free voluntary guided tours, a Melbourne focus at the Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, free tours aboard Melbourne’s tall ship the Enterprize, and the annual Melbourne Day Debate Luncheon. Discount rates are available on the day to some of the city’s best attractions including Eureka Skydeck 88 and Melbourne River Cruises. The Melbourne Awards gala ceremony takes place each year on Melbourne Day eve to celebrate the courage and determination on which the city is founded, and the qualities that continue to shape the future of our community. Visit for details

Key dates
Melbourne Awards judging period from 6 July to 24 July Profile roundtable hosted by VECCI on Thursday, 30 July from 12pm–2pm Winners announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 29 August

Tickets now on sale
The Melbourne Awards Gala Ceremony will be held on Saturday 29 August at the Melbourne Town Hall. Tickets are $125.00 per person and can be purchased from the Awards Unit on 9658 9104. All finalists receive two complimentary tickets to the Awards Dinner. Melbourne Awards contact Kate Anderson Event Manager Events Melbourne, City of Melbourne PO Box 1603, MELBOURNE VIC 3001 Ph: 03 9658 9327 Fax: 03 9658 9166 E: W: