Sir John Monash's great grandson is guest speaker at this year's Monash Dinner and Oration

Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the annual Monash Dinner and Oration will be held on 20 September at the Jerilderie Civic Hall.

Guest speaker for this year’s event will be Sir John Monash’s great grandson, Michael Bennett.

Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae welcomed the news that Mr Bennett will attend the event and said it is a great honour to have a direct descendent of Sir John as the guest speaker.

“The event recognises Sir John Monash’s close relationship with Jerilderie and it is tremendous that our community wholeheartedly supports this initiative.

Mr Michael BennettMr Bennett is a consultant director with Escient, an Australian digital and business advisory firm, and board member of the Spirit of Australia Foundation. 

He leads and delivers consulting services to organisations in the telecommunications, banking & finance, government, education and health sectors. He holds a BSc from Monash University and a Master of Management from the University of Melbourne. 

Mr Bennett is also a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, and Chairman of their Scholarships Selection Panel in Victoria. The John Monash Scholarships are Australia’s own postgraduate scholarships, with the aim to foster leadership, expertise and build Australia’s capabilities for the future.

Also part of the evening is the announcement of the recipient of Murrumbidgee Council’s Sir John Monash Education Bursary, which is valued at $2,000.

Cr McRae said applications are now open for the Bursary which involves submitting an essay reflecting on the principles demonstrated by Sir John Monash.

Entry in this essay is open to long-term residents of Murrumbidgee Council area who are considering entering post-secondary education through university, college or TAFE, or an approved course of formal training with a Registered Training Organisation, including apprentices, trainees and adult education. 

Entries for the bursary application and essay close at 4.00pm on Wednesday 11 September 2019.    

Full requirements and conditions, including cover sheet, are available to download from Council’s website.

Tickets to the dinner are $50 each, which includes the oration and a two course meal. Tickets are available from the Murrumbidgee Council Jerilderie office. The event commences at 6.30 pm.


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