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Lydia Oliveri receives Good Australian Award for 28 years’ service to the people of Kennedy

3/September/2021
Lydia Oliveri is presented with the inaugural Good Australian award by Mayor Mark Nolan and Cr Barry Barnes in the presence of Member for Hill Shane Knuth MP and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP. Photo: Maria Girgenti

LYDIA NARDELLO OLIVERI, has received the inaugural ‘Good Australian Award’ for her 28 years’ service to the people of the Kennedy Electorate, as the Personal Assistant to Bob Katter MP and in an ongoing role as Electorate Officer in the Innisfail Electorate Office.

Mrs Oliveri was presented the award by Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan, and Councillor Barry Barnes, at a ceremony in Innisfail in front of her husband Richie, Bob Katter Federal MP, Shane Knuth MP, and fellow colleagues.

The new Good Australian award initiated by Bob Katter, recognises hardworking and honest North Queenslanders, and recipients of the award can use the post-nominal letters G.A. after their name.

Lydia Oliveri said that what started off as a four-day a week job in Bob’s office, became a 24/7 on- call role.

“It’s been challenging but very rewarding,” she said.

“The girls and guys I have worked with over the years have been great to work with, and we keep each other sane. It’s been a fulfilling job, and I love helping out the constituents of Kennedy.”

Bob Katter said Lydia has carried the office for 28 years and has been a good influence on the town of Innisfail.

“I’m just a front man for the operation, it’s the team who does the real hard work,” he said.

“We’d have no banana industry without that team. The Snowy Mountains wouldn’t be in Australian hands without the team. I will always be thankful to Lydia and the team.”

Recipients of a Good Australian Award will receive a bookend with a crest on the front.

Mr Katter spoke to the symbolism of the elements of the crest during the award ceremony.

“On the crest is a kite hawk, which is the ubiquitous presence over our skies, and it keeps North Queensland clean. The scroll says Pro Diem et Pro Patria – for God and for Country. The gum trees produce timber, which has one-hundred uses, and there’s nothing more Australian than a gum tree.”

“The cross is the symbol of our belief system, Christianity, and inside that cross is the Southern  Cross which guides us and has done so for 40,000 years. It is also the symbol that was used at the Eureka Stockade when 150 gold diggers were prepared     to sacrifice their lives in defence of freedom and a better life for their fellow Australians.”

“At the bottom of the scroll is the weapon with which we defended Australia. In ancient times, we had the Nulla Nulla and a boomerang, but the ∙303 rifle was the one weapon we defended this country with for 100 years. For me personally, two sons of my family died with that rifle in their hands, one at Gallipoli and   one at Changi Prison,” advised Mr Katter.

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