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vestigating ecological functions provided by lyrebird scratchings. Upon announcing the award, Cr Mike Clarke was full of praise for Mr Maisey, saying the region needs to nurture and develop his knowledge. Mr Maisey said it was a great hon-

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the Friends of Sherbrooke Forest and the Sherbrooke Lyrebird Study Group. Mr Maisey has studied conservation and land management at Swinburne University. He is presently studying for a PhD with La Trobe University, through in-

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Respected Elder and active community member Dr Doseena Fergie has been awarded the Yarra Ranges Citizen of the Year. At Yarra Ranges Council’s awards ceremony at Burrinja Cultural Centre on Australia Day, Dr Fergie was officially recognised for her dedication to her community. Dr Fergie has been a leader within the local Indigenous community and a driving force behind the ongoing success of the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA). When honouring Dr Fergie, Cr Cliff said her efforts to create positive change needed to be recognised. “Her role in assisting council to develop its reconciliation direction of ‘Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Cultural Strengthening’ has created a lasting legacy,” he said. “Doseena’s focus on placing culture at the centre of health and wellbeing for Aboriginal people and ability to view situations through an Aboriginal lens has transformed the way council works.” Meanwhile, many citizens in the Dandenong Ranges were also awarded at the ceremony. The major award winners included: Upwey’s Neil McLeod (Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement), Kallista’s Alex Maisey (Environmental Achiever of the Year) and the Upwey Primary School (co-winner of Ken McIntosh Memorial Award; Young Environmental Achiever of the Year). In addition, certificate recipients included Gareth Hart (Upwey), Sarah Tebbutt (The Patch) and Sally Rutzou (Monbulk). Mr Maisey was awarded for his dedication to understanding and preserving the Dandenong Ranges and its forests. He grew up on the edge of the Sherbrooke Forest, and works closely with


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