Brewarrina’s Dan Kelly honoured on Sydney Opera House


Brewarrina’s 2021 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Dan Kelly has been honoured on the Sydney Opera House, for his tireless efforts during the COVID pandemic. Photo supplied

Dan Kelly. Photo supplied

Brewarrina-based health worker Dan Kelly has been recognised for his tireless community efforts during the pandemic, with his face emblazoned on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Dan is an Aboriginal Health Practitioner and Team Leader with the Western Local Health District and was chosen as one of the people recognised and celebrated as NSW hit the 80 per cent vaccination target.

Deflecting the personal praise, Dan said it was a surprise to see his image on one of the world’s most recognisable buildings and he acknowledged the gesture was a thoughtful thank you to all health workers during the pandemic.

“From my own experience I know the work we did out here was a team effort,” Dan said.

“It is a representation of all of us, not just me as an individual, but all of us in the Western Local Health District.

“Without my team I would not have had the opportunity to be on those Opera House sails. It’s all about the many swabs and vaccinations, and we have done a hard job.

“But without the team I couldn’t do my job.

“I have had many congratulations but it’s about the people who stand behind me.

“We don’t get much acknowledgement here in the bush so it’s good that all of the team has been recognised for their hard work,” Dan said.


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