Major Brendan Nottle: 2013 Melburnian of the Year
The Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle was announced 2013 Melburnian of the Year in November last year. This honour recognises of Major Nottle’s work overseeing the operations of The Salvation Army Project 614 in Melbourne’s CBD, and being a positive influence in the lives of vulnerable people living in Melbourne.
Major Nottle’s team has hundreds of interactions each day with people who are homeless, mentally
ill, elderly, lonely or isolated, or suffering from addiction. His leadership has brought about services that reach out to marginalised members of the community, provide emergency support for people experiencing homelessness and, importantly, build a community where people can find belonging.
Some of the programmes include Hamodava Café, a welcoming community centre providing breakfast and lunch and support to people from all walks of life, and Street Teams, a positive influence among
party-goers and rough sleepers on the streets at night.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle paid a special tribute to Major Nottle: “Brendan’s devotion to
strengthening Melbourne’s social fabric is an inspiration to us all. Every week, Brendan can be
found in the city giving crucial support to those in need, including meals, clothing and
counselling. The dedication he brings to his work makes him a role model thoroughly deserving of this accolade,” he said.
For more information about the activities of The Salvation Army at 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne visit salvationarmy.org.au/melbourne614.