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Fin­ley’s War­wick Dou­glas named Cit­i­zen of the Year

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A healthy crowd turned out for the Ber­ri­gan Shire Australia Day awards last Thurs­day.

This year the cel­e­bra­tions were held at the Tocumwal Re­cre­ation Re­serve, where guests en­joyed break­fast be­fore the pre­sen­ta­tions.

The award win­ners were as fol­lows:

Cit­i­zen of the Year - War­wick Dou­glas (Fin­ley).

War­wick has been a mem­ber of the Fin­ley Lions Club for 25 years, and has held all ma­jor po­si­tions at the club.

His tech­ni­cal train­ing also al­lows him to be the Chubb Australia co-or­di­na­tor, installing and ser­vic­ing Vi­tal Call Units for the el­derly and in­ca­pac­i­tated in the Ber­ri­gan and Jer­ilderie shires.

He also con­trib­utes pas­sion­ately as the Fin­ley Com­mu­nity Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Safety Precinct Com­mit­tee.

War­wick is a Life Mem­ber of the Fin­ley Foot­ball Net­ball Club Com­mit­tee, hav­ing held the po­si­tions of pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary.

He at­tends all games and func­tions, is time­keeper at most games, han­dles all player trans­fers, in­sur­ance is­sues and main­tains the club records as club his­to­rian.

He has also been hon­oured with the Certificate of Merit Award from the VCFL for Ser­vice to Coun­try Foot­ball (by the AFL).

War­wick has also been in­volved in the Fin­ley Cricket Club as a player, sup­porter and com­mit­tee­man, and has held many ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions dur­ing this time.

He was twice awarded Crick­eter of the Year and has given many hours of ser­vice help­ing coach ju­nior crick­eters.

War­wick is also the Liquor Li­censee for the Fin­ley Show, the Fin­ley Foot­ball Net­ball Club and the Fin­ley Cricket Club for all their sport­ing events and func­tions.

In his spare time from his in­volve­ment with all these clubs he also has full-time em­ploy­ment with Mogg Os­borne and Co Ac­coun­tants.

Ju­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year Mitchell Pether (Fin­ley).

Mitchell has been an ac­tive mem­ber of the Fin­ley Ama­teur Drama and Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety and, through his con­sis­tent ef­forts in this group, he has been an ac­tive role model for his peers.

Mitch has also rep­re­sented him­self and the Youth4y­outh group at the YAPPA con­fer­ence in Syd­ney.

He has also been an ac­tive mem­ber of his lo­cal com­mu­nity and school as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in a stu­dent ex­change to Italy and also the Melbourne Theatre Com­pany.

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Ju­nior Sportsper­son of the Year - Luke Moore (Fin­ley).

Luke rep­re­sented Rive­rina last year in the 800m run­ning event in Al­bury and the Cross Coun­try event.

He has also rep­re­sented the Rive­rina in bas­ket­ball, where they com­peted in the State Cham­pi­onships at Bro­ken Hill.

The bud­ding sports star was also part of the win­ning Rive­rina Aussie Rules team at the NSW State Cham­pi­onships.

Luke was se­lected in the state team of 22 boys for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and was also cho­sen as state cap­tain.

Sportsper­son of the Year - Matthew Gorman (Ber­ri­gan).

Matthew con­tin­ued his great foot­ball form last year from the pre­vi­ous year by win­ning back-to­back Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League Pearce medals for best and fairest in the league.

In or­der to com­pre­hend what a great achieve­ment this is, it should be noted that Matthew, at 19, is the youngest per­son in the league’s his­tory to win back-to-back medals and is only the eighth player to achieve such a feat.

He also pre­vi­ously won the best and fairest at Ber­ri­gan.

Matthew is a strong team player and a great ex­am­ple to the younger play­ers he men­tors, and to his peers, en­cour­ag­ing them to per­form bet­ter through demon­strat­ing his de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed.

He is now part of Ber­ri­gan his­tory with his per­sonal achieve­ments to­gether with be­ing part of last year’s pre­mier­ship team.

Matthew is an in­spi­ra­tion to the older heads at the Ber­ri­gan Foot­ball Club and has con­firmed, by his first three years of se­nior foot­ball, that he has a bright and long fu­ture ahead of him.

Team of the Year - Ber­ri­gan Foot­ball Club Se­niors.

This team has con­tin­ued its ex­cel­lence in the Pi­cola and Dis­trict Foot­ball League, cul­mi­nat­ing with the team win­ning the Pi­cola and Dis­trict North West Foot­ball League pre­mier­ship last year.

This pre­mier­ship has been long sought, with many near misses and not one se­nior ti­tle gar­nered in 30 years.

In 2009, in a nail-bit­ing grand final, the Saints fin­ished run­ners up.

In 2010, af­ter a tremen­dously suc­cess­ful year on the field, they were knocked out in the pre­lim­i­nary final.

2011 was the year they were fi­nally able to achieve the dream and take home the ‘big one’.

The se­nior Saints have a high per­cent­age of lo­cal foot­ballers, many of whom have played with Ber­ri­gan for the term of their sport­ing ca­reers.

The club has worked tire­lessly in the past five years, to­gether with the oth­ers users of the Re­cre­ation Re­serve, to make the fa­cil­i­ties the best in the league.

To this end, the lo­ca­tion was voted to host last year’s PDFL Grand Final – mak­ing the win so much more mem­o­rable to the com­mu­nity of Ber­ri­gan.

Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year - Tocumwal Com­mu­nity Op Shop.

The Tocumwal Op Shop com­menced in Septem­ber 2008 and since then has dis­trib­uted over $43,000 to many Tocumwal and dis­trict or­gan­i­sa­tions.

They have 25 vol­un­teers who give their time to have the shop kept open al­most seven days per week.

The ma­jor­ity of goods do­nated are clothes, Manch­ester and other house­hold items, to­gether with a large range of baby clothes and as­sorted jew­ellery etc.

All items are sorted and steam cleaned be­fore be­ing dis­played in the shop.

This is a great ex­am­ple of how im­por­tant vol­un­teers are in our com­mu­nity and achiev­ing an ex­cel­lent re­sult for the bet­ter­ment of other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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