Australia Day 2015: Appreciation Awards for work during Moyston fire

Max McLean and Bill Taylor were recognised for their work during the Moystonfire. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT Rural City Council presented two special awards to recognise the service of two citizens during the recent Moyston fire, Bill Taylor and Max McLean.

Mayor Cr Paul Hooper said the newly introduced Australia Day Appreciation Awards were fitting to be included as part of this year’s Australia Day ceremony in Alexandra Gardens.

“The community of Moyston, along with the Ararat Rural City would like to formally appreciate the efforts of Moyston CFA captain Bill Taylor and Ararat group officer, Max McLean for their quick response and management of resources and communications that played a crucial role in protecting the township of Moyston from the fire early this month,” Cr Hooper said.

“Many surrounding houses were also protected in a situation that had potential for further loss of dwellings, and possibly lives.

“Both these gentlemen showed great leadership and assistance through a very difficult situation and I know that the communities of Moyston and Willaura very much appreciate the hard work they undertook.”

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