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Sarah Bahramis, Sarah-Jane Balharry, and Young Citizen of the Year Kai Malcolm.

A lifesaver, a community volunteer and a young road safety campaigner have been honoured in Frankston City Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards on Australia Day.

Citizen of the Year Timothy Cutrona has been a member of the Frankston Life Saving Club since 2011 and president since 2013, teaching Nippers and captaining a patrol group while still finding time to promote tourism and beach safety and support young people with self-defence classes.

“I had wonderful mentors through Scouts, karate and motorbike riding and I want my legacy to be providing young people the same access to those opportunities,” Timothy said. “That is why it is important to give back.”

Senior Citizen of the Year Robert Thurley has led many volunteer organisations and demonstrated an unwavering determination to improve the local community and environment. He has directed and produced four Frankston Music Festivals and has served more than 40 years on the Kananook Creek Association.

“Although to say ‘I love Frankston’ sounds corny, I do, and I want to try to inspire people to share their skills for the betterment of our community. I believe we have a duty to leave the country in a better position for future generations.”

Fifteen-year-old Kai Malcolm was named Young Citizen of the Year for his work on the Chill Out & Look About campaign, which won Community Event of the Year. Kai created the website and social media pages for the campaign, which was conceived after Frankston High School Year 9 student Dylan Briggs was killed last March when he was struck by a car while riding home from school. It was created by Dylan’s classmates and supported by the school’s director of student leadership and community engagement, Sarah Bahramis, and Dylan’s family, including his mother Sarah-Jane Balharry.

“I hope the campaign will inspire people to be more thoughtful on the road, especially around pedestrians,” Kai said. “There is no need to rush; if you’re late, you’re late.”

Chill Out & Look About includes a website with free and comprehensive teacher resource packs, a powerful road safety video and an ongoing social media campaign.

Sarah-Jane said the campaign had helped everyone affected by her son’s death to grieve and had given her hope, strength and a purpose. “It brings me a sense of peace that Dylan didn’t pass away in vain.”

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