2018 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS
Mitchell Shire Council's 2018 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony were held in Broadford.
We welcomed 10 new citizens from countries including India, Sri Lanka, Wales, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
We also announced the 2018 Australia Day Award recipients:
Citizen of the Year - John Jennings
Young Citizen of the Year - Dellareece Matson
Community Event of the Year Award - Community Open Day at Kilmore Men’s Shed
Access and Inclusion Champion Award - Riding for the Disabled Seymour
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the Australia Day Awards were a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of individuals and community groups who worked tirelessly to make the Shire a better place.
“On behalf of Council, I congratulate this year’s award winners and acknowledge the nominees as well,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Our award recipients, and all our dedicated volunteers, contribute so much to our community.
“It is passionate people like our award winners who make Mitchell such a wonderful place to live, work or study and it’s fantastic that we are able to publicly thank them for their efforts.
“We’d also like to extend a big thank you to everyone who nominated someone for an award this year and we hope that hearing about this year’s winners will inspire you to nominate someone for next year’s awards.”
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - John Jennings
For 35 years, John has dedicated his time to volunteering in the community.
The former school Principal is one of the main faces associated with promoting and preserving the history of the community, having written eight books on local history.
He served for 23 years as President and Secretary and is a life member of Seymour Historical Society.
He is also a life member of the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park committee, leading many tours around the park and giving talks on its history.
A Seymour resident, John is described as a dedicated, well-respected and loved member of the community for his efforts in highlighting the history of the region.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Dellareece Matson
Dellareece has been volunteering for almost 12 years and started at just eight years of age.
She began volunteering at the Kilmore Quilters, where she helped at events, was on the committee and organised fundraisers.
She has also been a member of the Mitchell Youth Council, volunteered for the Kilmore 3764 project, is a long-standing community radio volunteer, and is part of the Volume committee, helping organise events such as Battle of the Bands and the Colour Dash.
A Kilmore resident, Dellareece is described as hard-working, selfless and kind hearted with fantastic community spirit, highlighted by her willingness to help out whenever needed.
ACCESS AND INCLUSION CHAMPION - Riding for the Disabled Seymour
Riding for the Disabled Seymour has been helping improve the lives of students from Seymour Special School for over 30 years.
The group gives children the chance to take part in activities with horses, build confidence and allow them achieve things they otherwise wouldn’t.
The group is run by passionate volunteers who use horse riding as a tool to help those with a disability engage in their community.
Not only do the volunteers run groups each week, they also take care of the horses, keeping them fed and watered.
Their role requires great patience, kindness, understanding, compassion and communication.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR - Community Open Day at Kilmore Men’s Shed.
The Community Open Day at Kilmore Men’s Shed on 19 October 2017 was a highly successful event that gave the wider community an insight into the group’s fantastic work.
The event highlighted the comradery of the group and was a fantastic opportunity to network, connect, build relationships and have a look at some valuable projects the group produces for the community.
Throughout the year, this group created a ‘buddy bench’ for St Patrick’s Primary School, tea trollies for the Wallan Senior Citizens, and outdoor seats for Caladenia Nursing Home.
2018 AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS
There'll be celebrations wherever you are in Mitchell Shire this Australia Day. Check out all the details below and don't forget our outdoor pools in Broadford, Seymour and Tallarook will have free entry on Australia Day.
If you're running an event on Australia Day that you'd love to tell us about, send an email to email@example.com and we'll add it to the list.
We've also created a Google Map to help you find your way around.
The Island Reserve, 7.30am to 3pm
- 11am - Australia Day Awards
- 11.30am - Citizenship Ceremony
There'll be plenty happening all day with community group exhibits, market stalls, a food court, skateboard coaching, a tug-o-war and live music all day.
The kids are sure to be entertained too with a jumping castle, face painting, a colouring competition, miniature pet farm, soccer goal kicking and lots more.
Broadford Skate Park
10.30am to 2.30pm
Skateboard coaching, music and entertainment
Broadford Outdoor Pool, 12pm to 6pm
Free entry for Australia Day
The Kilmore Miniature Railway will be celebrating with live music, face painting and entertainment along with live music between 12.30pm and 1.30pm (with trains operating continuously during this time) Train rides are $2 and come with free sausage and lamington.
Location: Kilmore Miniature Railway, White Street
Time: 11am to 2pm
OKR FM will be broadcasting live from the Community Centre and Memorial Garden. There will also be Australiana poem recitals by local youth and guest performers.
Location: Community Centre and Memorial Garden
Time: from 11am
Seymour will be holding an Aussie breakfast, flag raising and National Anthem, a Rotary BBQ and a live broadcast from Seymour FM.
Location: Kings Park, Tallarook Street
Time: 8am to 1pm
Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool, 12pm to 6pm
Free entry for Australia Day
Tallarook Outdoor Pool, 2pm to 8pm
Free entry for Australia Day
Tooborac Blues and Roots Festival
Three days of live blues and roots performances accompanied by local wines, beers and food. A $10 cover charge per person is payable at festival venues during the festival weekend (Tooborac Hotel, McIvor Estate and Merindoc Cellar Door). Details at www.toobyblues.com.au
Date/Time: 26-28 January, 11am to 4pm
Wallan have flag raising, BBQ breakfast and a visit from an Australia Day Ambassador.
Location: Free Library Hall
Time: 8.30am to 10am
The Wallan Twilight Market will also be on this Australia Day with a selection of food trucks in attendance. Remember to bring a gold coin donation for entry.
Location: Hadfield Park
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Wandong will be hosting an Australia Day breakfast followed by a flag raising.
Location: Wandong Community Centre, LB Davern Reserve
Time: 8.30am to 9.30am