Two Ballarat locals have been recognised in the Victorian Senior of the Year awards.
Uncle Frank Laxton, 82, has received the Senior Achiever Award for his work as an extraordinary community leader who has supported Aboriginal people towards, culture, health, employment and secure housing over most of his adult life and into retirement.
Meantime, Anne Tudor has picked up the renowned Premiers Award for Senior Of The Year having helped develop Australia's first dementia friendly forest and walking trail in Ballarat.
“Despite the challenges of 2021, senior Victorians continue to step up and give back to their community – and the awards give us the chance to say thanks for all that they do," said James Merlino, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers.
“Anne and Edie’s advocacy has helped raise awareness about the need for dementia-friendly communities and inclusive care, and is inspiring other communities to consider how they can best support seniors," he said.