Pravini is a worthy Melbourne Moomba Monarch

When Pravini Fernando’s hospitality role was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, she stepped into a role with Spotless’ Yarra Trams cleaning team.


Pravini has been sanitising high touch-points at tram stops and depots and has taken great pride helping commuters feel safer in the city throughout the pandemic. 

In March, Pravini’s dedication and community spirit were recognised when she was named a 2021 Moomba Monarch for Melbourne’s annual Moomba Festival, a four-day event that is Australia’s largest free community festival.

Pravini joins Infectious Diseases Physician Professor, Kirsty Buising, and supermarket worker, Drew Law, as this year’s Moomba Monarchs, representing our community heroes who have been working to keep us all safe during COVID-19. 

“This is a huge honour for Pravini and one which reflects the important work done by Spotless staff in communities across Australia every day,” Spotless CEO, Peter Tompkins, said. “Pravini is such a deserving recipient and now takes her place amongst a coveted list of previous Monarchs including Kate Ceberano, Bert Newton and Dame Edna.”

In announcing this year’s Moomba Monarchs, Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said all three personify the spirit of Melburnians responding to COVID-19.

“They represent the everyday community heroes that work to make sure our streets are clean, our supermarket shelves are stocked, and we’re healthy and feel connected,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The pandemic has taught us how much we rely on each other – whether it’s a cashier, a cleaner or our family doctor. This year we wanted to celebrate our frontline workers because they really are everyday community heroes.”