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Wednesday, 10 October 2018


Locals Mrs Valerie Broad and Aunty Iris Bysouth have been recognised at the 2018 Victorian Seniors of the Year Awards at a ceremony at Government House in Melbourne today.

Mrs Val Broad and Aunty Iris Bysouth took out the Senior Achiever Awards for significant contribution to their local communities.

Mrs Broad and Aunty Iris and 16 other seniors were presented their awards by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC and Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services, Sharon Knight.

State Labor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan said they were thrilled Mrs Broad and Aunty Iris had been recognised for their contribution to the local community and their success in receiving such an important award.

Older Victorians make up more than 15 per cent of the state’s population and the annual Seniors Awards recognise the enormous contribution made by seniors across Victoria.

The awards are part of the 2018 Victorian Seniors Festival which runs throughout the month of October and offers more than 2,500 free and low-cost events all across Victoria, including a huge array of social, cultural, educational and body-and-soul activities.

For more information about events and activities, visit or pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house. You can also call 1300 797 210 to have a program sent to you.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West

“Thank you both for your tremendous contribution to our community.  Your work makes a difference to so many people and this award is well deserved.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan

“Every year we hear these awards give us some great stories of Victorian seniors giving back to their community and this year is no different. Congratulations to all of the very-worthy recipients and nominees.”

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