Gordon McKern - Ulumbarra Foundation
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Gordon McKern OAM was the founding Chair of the Ulumbarra Foundation when it was launched on December 1, 2016. He was the driving force behind creating the Foundation, determined to bring the joy of performing arts to as many people in our community as possible. He had a passion for opera and fine music and delighted in showcasing the Ulumbarra Theatre to his many friends and donors. Gordon led the Foundation’s important work in supporting Bendigo’s performing artists and organisations, and the programs that have brought so many children and families to enjoy our theatres.

Gordon’s contribution to Bendigo is widespread, but at the Ulumbarra Foundation, we are grateful for the benefit of his wisdom and leadership since our inception.

Gordon was a community giant. His legacy is one of considerable civic and cultural enrichment.

  • Businessman & Community Leader
  • Described in the Australian Federal Parliament in 2018 as a “Living Treasure”
  • Awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Outstanding Community Service
  • Australian Centenary Medal Member of Eaglehawk Rotary Club for 44 years
  • Awarded Rotary International’s prestigious Service Above Self Awarded Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Champion & Major Organiser and Contributor to the Bone Marrow Donor Institute in Melbourne raising over 4 million dollars.
  • Eaglehawk Citizen of the Year Bendigo Citizen of the Year
  • Former & First Chairman Ulumbarra Foundation
  • Former Chairman Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Former & First Chairman Aspire Foundation
  • Former Chairman Coliban Water
  • Former President of the Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts Festival
  • Former Chairman Southern Cross Station Redevelop
  • District Governor Rotary International
  • Former Chairman Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE
  • Former Chairman La Trobe University Bendigo Regional Advisory Board
  • First Chief Commissioner Mitchell Shire Council
  • Original Commissioner City of Greater Bendigo
  • Former President of the Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts Festival