2017 Media Releases

Councillor Anthony Mustaca OAM awarded Italian Knighthood

12 April 2017

Willoughby Councillor, Anthony Mustaca OAM has been awarded a Knighthood by the President of the Republic of Italy - translated in English as the Honoured Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy

The Award is in recognition for service Councillor Mustaca has provided to the Italian community, but especially to disadvantaged children, over his lifetime. 

Councillor Mustaca grew up in Chatswood and worked in businesses operated by his family until the mid-1960s when he started a Science degree at Sydney University. He received a Teaching Scholarship from the NSW State Government and began his teaching career in 1968. He was quickly promoted through the teaching ranks and has held all school executive positions, including Senior Education Officer in Curriculum Development and Staff Development.

He was Teacher-in-Charge of Adult Migrant Education at Ryde for 13 years. This position involved developing curriculum and the teaching syllabus. This Adult Migrant Education experience ultimately formed his belief that immigrants are disadvantaged and to that end he has been devoted to helping them.

In 1970 he established the Education for Disadvantaged Children Council which provided one-on-one tuition for disadvantaged children free of charge. The Disadvantaged Children Council in later years evolved and provided free tuition also to talented students wanting to be accepted into selective schools. The Disadvantaged Children Council operated until 1995 when Councillor Mustaca was elected to Council.

The Award from the Republic of Italy follows other recognition of Councillor Mustaca’s achievements:

  • On Australia Day in January 2013, Councillor Mustaca was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his significant contribution to education, local government, multicultural development and community welfare.
  • In May 2012, the Parliament of New South Wales awarded Councillor Mustaca the Outstanding Community Service Award for exceptional service to education, local government, community welfare and for considerable financial support to medical research.
  • In 2013, Councillor Mustaca was recognised for his considerable work with multicultural communities through the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Lifetime Service Award for exceptional service to the multicultural community of NSW.

“On behalf of Willoughby Council, I congratulate Councillor Mustaca on his Knighthood and this recognition of his work within the education field, as well as the Italian and other migrant communities,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “We are fortunate to have a Councillor who has been so proactive in supporting the aspirations of our City of Diversity,” she said.

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