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John Forrest congratulates Centenary Medal recipients.



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Tuesday, 22 April 2003

JOHN FORREST CONGRATULATES CENTENARY MEDAL RECIPIENTS

Over 80 residents in the Wimmera Mallee have been congratulated by John Forrest, Federal Member for Mallee, on being awarded the Centenary Medal in the General List.

"It is so important to our rural communities to have people who are prepared to give tirelessly of their time and effort in many aspects of community life and this honour is a fitting tribute to their work," Mr Forrest said.

He said the Medal was created to honour persons who have made a contribution to Australian society or government and will enable the community to thank those who have made Australia's first hundred years as a federal nation, such a great success and who have laid solid foundations for Australia's future.

Mr Forrest said the recipients will be receiving their Medals over the next couple of days and will receive public acknowledgement of their award at several functions being organised throughout the electorate in the near future.

Designed by Balarinji, Sydney, the Medal features a seven-pointed Commonwealth Star, representing the six Australian states, with the seventh point representing Australia's territories. At the centre of the Star is an indigenous styling of Aboriginal traditions at the heart of the continent. The colours in the ribbon are crimson for Federation, and blue and gold for the beginning of the 21st Century. The seven gold and red lines represent the pathways to federation of the states. There are 10 dots around the outer edge of each of the obverse and reverse symbolising 100 years of federation.

"Centenarians", namely Australian citizens born on or before 31 December 1901 and who live to celebrate the centenary of federation on 1 January 2001, have an entitlement to the Medal.