“We are blessed in the Yarra Ranges with a great sense of community spirit,” Mr Smith said.
“Without our volunteers, our local community would cease to function.
“These volunteers touch people’s lives and help to make our community a better place.
“They often go about their business quietly and never seek to receive any recognition, but I think it is important to thank them and congratulate them for their hard work.
“Well done to each and every one of them, and I hope their contributions inspire others to put up their hand and do the same.”
Mr Smith awarded the 2015 Casey Volunteer Special Achievement Award to the Mt Evelyn RSL’s Anthony McAleer, for his tireless efforts to raise awareness for the Centenary of ANZAC throughout 2015.
“Anthony has worked tirelessly to highlight the significance of the Centenary of ANZAC, including the organisation of memorial services for locals who were killed during the war,” Mr Smith said.
“As a historian he has written numerous books for the benefit of the local community, which required countless hours of research.
“Congratulations to Anthony. His contribution has been critical in making sure our local veterans and their stories are not forgotten.”