Chance to salute lo­cal he­roes as Shire seeks Oz Day nom­i­na­tions

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

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.

Pic­ture: Kelsey Reid

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.

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