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Published Saturday 26 January 2019
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2019 Australia Day

Mitchell Shire’s Australia Day celebrations went off without a hitch as the community welcomed new citizens and celebrated the achievements of others during the awards ceremony.

Hundreds of community members attended the action-packed events across the municipality. Some highlights were the Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in Seymour’s Kings Park.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said celebrating the community was a highlight of any public event.

"It was great to see so many people coming together to spend the day as a community. It is a fantastic celebration and I am very honoured to be able to spend it with those in Mitchell Shire," he said.

"At the end of the day, it is the people of this municipality who make it such a great place to live. I want to also congratulate our award winners and I want to welcome our new citizens to the Mitchell Shire.

"Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their peers for these awards and nominations.

"It was a great chance for us as a council to reflect on the year prior. We have had a great year and we will now look to continue serving our community through 2019. Thank you to all once again."

Citizen of the Year - Pat Coffey
Pat is a dedicated volunteer who has been involved in many different groups and events. She has been recognised for her contributions in and around Seymour.

Young Citizen of the Year - Maxwell Hooper
Seymour’s Maxwell Hooper is a bright musician and former school captain at Seymour College. He has written music for both his school and ANZAC Day events.

Community Event of the Year - Wandong History Group, Walk Through the Wars
The exhibition took 12 months to develop. The Walk Through the Wars exhibition highlighted stories from local soldiers in World War 1.

Community Group of the Year - Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn Inc
Every month, the Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn spend hundreds of hours volunteering for the community. The group is dedicated to helping others.

Access and Inclusion Champion Award – Mandy McCracken
Kilmore East’s Mandy McCracken has been hard at work to bring together those living with disability in Mitchell Shire, which includes the My New Life Group in conjunction with Nexus Primary Health.