The event marked the tenth anniversary of the Melbourne Awards program, which highlights the inspirational stories and achievements of Melburnians from all walks of life.
The Melburnian of the Year award is presented to an inspirational role model who has made an outstanding contribution to the city through their life and work.
Upon receiving the award, Michael Gudinski said “I’ve lived and breathed Melbourne my whole life – Melbourne is after all the Australian music capital. I’m absolutely humbled and honoured to be given such a prestigious award from the city that I love so much.”
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle paid special tribute to this year’s winner. “Michael has made an enormous contribution to the city over the past four decades. His work has put many Melbourne bands and artists on the musical map, and his great support of the victims of the Black Saturday tragedy through Sound Relief has made him a Melbourne icon.”
The judging panel for the Melburnian of the Year 2012 comprised industry leaders including Lewis Martin, Janine Kirk, Peter Flaherty, Lyn Swinburne, and Richard Holyman.
For more information about the Melbourne Awards winners, please visit: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/melbourneawards or call 9658 9658.
Notes to Editors
ABOUT THE MELBOURNE AWARDS
Now in its 10th year, the Melbourne Awards is a platform in which we aim to acknowledge and highlight the inspirational stories of passionate Melburnians who shape our city.
The Awards honour a diverse range of contributions, focusing on individuals, community organisations and businesses who work tirelessly for the benefit of the city. Highlighting these achievements inspires and challenges others to help create a better future for Melbourne.
Winners are selected through an independent judging process, which connects entrants with industry leaders and professionals who often become ambassadors for the achievements they witness.
Three areas have been identified by the City of Melbourne as vital elements for securing Melbourne’s future as a thriving, forward-thinking capital city. The Awards honour significant contributions to Melbourne’s sustainability, community and profile. Within each of these areas, winners are recognised in three separate divisions resulting in a total of nine award categories.
An inspirational role model within the Melbourne community is also honoured as the ‘Melburnian of the Year’. The recipient will be selected by a committee of notable Melburnians appointed by the Lord Mayor.
Past winners of the Melburnian of the Year include:
• Harold Mitchell AC – Founder, Harold Mitchell Foundation
• Jim Stynes – Co-Founder, Reach and AFL great
• Susan Barton – Director and Founder, Lighthouse Foundation
• John Bertrand – Chairman, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Winning America’s Cup Skipper
• Lyn Swinburne – Founder, Breast Cancer Network Australia
• Ron Barassi – AFL legend for inspiring others and his overall contribution to Melbourne
• Andrew Gaze – Australian Olympian for tirelessly giving back to his sport and the wider community.