Ac­co­lades aplenty on Aus­tralia Day

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Peo­ple who have pro­vided sup­port, di­rec­tion, lead­er­ship or help for their com­mu­ni­ties were the cel­e­bra­tion of Aus­tralia Day events across the re­gion.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties ei­ther con­firmed or an­nounced Aus­tralia Day award win­ners in a ma­jor out­pour­ing of com­mu­nity spirit at the week­end.

From Ararat district to the South Aus­tralian bor­der and the Grampians to the Mallee, much of the re­gion joined in a na­tional day of cel­e­bra­tion.

Ararat’s Judy Wohlers, Wil­laura Health­care Out­door Mar­ket and the Ararat Ladies’ So­cial Bike Group were Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil’s Aus­tralia Day Award win­ners for 2019.

Mrs Wohlers is a found­ing mem­ber of Ararat Ladies’ So­cial Bike Group and is Ararat’s Am­bas­sador in 2019 af­ter more than 40 years’ vol­un­tary work with the group.

The Ararat Ladies’ So­cial Bike Group won a Healthy Liv­ing Award and Wil­laura Health­care Aux­il­iary won a Com­mu­nity Spirit Award. The aux­il­iary runs pop­u­lar Wil­laura Health­care Out­door Mar­ket in March each year.

In North­ern Grampians Shire, Cherelle Nicholson was Stawell Cit­i­zen of the Year for her con­tri­bu­tion to the well­be­ing of Stawell’s ill and el­derly.

Mrs Nicholson’s Book­worm Gallery sells do­nated goods to raise money for or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Stawell Re­gional Health, He­len Schutt Nurs­ing Home, Even­tide Homes and drought re­lief.

Other win­ners in Stawell were: Young Cit­i­zen of the Year, Bon­nie Mellor; Lo­cal Hero, Justin Ch­ester for walk­ing from Hor­sham to Nara­coorte to raise aware­ness and money for men­tal health; Com­mu­nity Event of the Year, Stawell Re­gional Health Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary, his­toric prop­erty tour.

St Ar­naud win­ners: Cit­i­zen of the Year, Greg Mur­ray, St Ar­naud Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor; Se­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year, Rene Tor­ney, pres­i­dent of St Ar­naud RSL sub-branch Ladies Aux­il­iary since 1960; Young Cit­i­zen of the Year, Chloe Free­man; Com­mu­nity Event of the Year, St Ar­naud Hockey Club for its 2018 Kids Night Out.

Hind­marsh

An­nette Creek was Hind­marsh Shire’s Cit­i­zen of the Year, recog­nis­ing her ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing Nhill’s Karen pop­u­la­tion and other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Nhill Neigh­bour­hood House.

Dim­boola Memo­rial Sec­ondary Col­lege 2018 cap­tain Danni Hae­bich was Young Cit­i­zen of the Year and Nhill Lutheran Church Christ­mas Tree Ex­hi­bi­tion won the Com­mu­nity Event of the Year award.

West Wim­mera

Alan Miles of Ser­vice­ton, a long-stand­ing com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tor, was West Wim­mera Shire’s Cit­i­zen of the Year. Lon­gerenong Col­lege stu­dent Justin Mer­rett, also of Ser­vice­ton, was Young Cit­i­zen of the Year.

Of­fi­cials pre­sented Aus­tralia Day awards at Kaniva, Eden­hope and Har­row.

A Com­mu­nity Event of the Year Award cat­e­gory had joint win­ners, both cel­e­brat­ing the 150th An­niver­sary of the Aus­tralian indige­nous cricket team’s tour to Eng­land in 1868.

Win­ners were Eden­hope Tourism Com­mit­tee, which staged com­mem­o­ra­tion events over the Easter long week­end in Eden­hope, and Lake Bringal­bert and First XI of 1868 steer­ing com­mit­tee for First XI Le­gends Con­cert on the banks of the Glenelg River in Har­row on the Labour Day long week­end.

Hor­sham and War­rackn­abeal com­mu­ni­ties an­nounced win­ners be­fore week­end cel­e­bra­tions. • More pic­tures, pages 18 and 19.

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