Chance to salute local heroes as Shire seeks Oz Day nominations
The Shire of Coolgardie has taken Australia Day celebrations into its own hands this year after experiencing delays when dealing with the Australia Day Council.
The Shire is asking for nominations for its Australia Day awards, which include a youth, community group or event and corporate citizen category gong as well as a general Australia Day award.
President Malcolm Cullen said he was pleased with the Shire’s decision to run the day’s events in-house.
“In dealing with the Australia Day Council we often had delays, and the nominations for the awards closed early, meaning there was less of an opportunity for people to be nominated,” he said.
“This year we’ve already seen a significant increase in nominations, with a few days to go.”
He said the awards were about recognising the achievements and hard work of community members and organisations and gave the Shire the opportunity to share those achievements with the rest of the town.
Nominations for the awards close on Monday, January 14.
Phoebe PinAbout 50 of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s tiniest tots tumbled in YMCA WA’s Kalgoorlie-Boulder facility yesterday for a morning of movement and fun.The local YMCA hosts popular children’s programs throughout the school term and also has a calendar of holiday activities to keep young ones busy.Term programs leader Julie Beeson said it was important sessions were held outside the school calendar to keep both parents and children entertained.“We try to provide a few activities for the kids during the holidays so they can burn that energy off and it helps the parents to connect with each other as well,” she said.The free play session allowed Skylah Baxter, 10 months, Will Vodden, 6 months and Harry Maher, 10 months, enjoy baby gym time at the YMCA. boys and girls aged two and under to test out ball pits, climbing equipment, bouncy castles, swings and more at their own pace.Ms Beeson said it was great to see many young families engage with YMCA and participate in programs.“The kids get introduced to the YMCA program at a young age now — we’ve got families who’ve been with us for eight years,” she said. “It’s nice to see them grow and have that connection with the community, too.”Given the popularity of yesterday’s session, YMCA Goldfields will be hosting another bubs’ morning next Thursday between 9am and 11am.Cost of entry is $6. It is recommended for babies aged eight months to two years.