On January 26, Australia Day, Commodore Neville Prosser was presented with the Senior Bay Islander 2020 Award by Redlands City Councillor Mark Edwards at a ceremony hosted by the Russell Island RSL (pictured) and with the State member, Kim Richards MP, in attendance. This was the fifth year of the awards, which were initiated by Cr Edwards after discussion with island leaders, including Steve Morgan who was MC at the event, and sponsored by The Friendly Bay Islander. Three awards are given annually in the Bay Islander of the Year Awards in the Junior, Senior and Bay Islander categories from nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities. Awardees received a medallion and a book gift, and their names will be engraved on a perpetual plaque housed in the Redland City Council rooms. Nominees who were not selected for awards will receive a certificate in appreciate of their contributions. In introducing Neville, Steve Morgan noted his continuing contribution as Commodore of the Tingira Boat Club and leadership in running the annual Macleay Island Classic (canoe race around Macleay Island) which is in its 12th year in 2020. This event had previously won the Redlands Bay Dragon’s Den prize for the best SMBI tourism initiative. The award reflected Neville’s life-long service in organisations including Lions (Macleay Is), Rotary, the Friends of the Zoos, leading several tourism/trader’s associations (in Melbourne) and national leadership of the CSIRO’s photographers’ group (roles he took up prior to moving to Macleay Is). Neville was well known to Steve, who commented on him being ‘easy to work with’ on SMBI projects. In accepting the award, Neville emphasised that the success of the Tingira Boat Club relies on an effective and committed Management Group, as well as the considerable effort put in by the 130 or more regular volunteer in the Club (of a membership of 250-300 annually), who give of their time freely to run sailing, kayaking, outrigging and social events. He was honoured to have been nominated and accepted the award on behalf of the Club. Well done Nev!
For information about the other awardees, see http://www.thefriendlybayislander.com/single-post/2020/01/27/BAY-ISLANDER-OF-THE-YEAR