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Australia Day 2016


Lake Grace

Hosted by: Lake Grace Lions Club
When: Tuesday 26th January 2016
Where: Lake Grace Swimming Pool Time: 7:30am
Details: Free BBQ breakfast BYO plates, cutlery & mugs.
Presentation of Australia Day Citizenship Awards
Australian Citizenship Ceremony
Australian Citizenship Affirmation


Newdegate

Hosted by: Gateway Uniting Church
When: Tuesday 26th January 2016
Where: Pioneer Park Time: 8:30am
Details: Free BBQ breakfast with live music
Presentation of Australia Day Citizenship Awards
Australian Citizenship Ceremony
Australian Citizenship Affirmation


Lake King

Hosted by: Lake King Tavern
When: Tuesday 26th January 2016
Where: behind the Tavern Time: 11:30am
Details: Free BBQ


 Varley

Hosted by: Varley Progress Association
When: Tuesday 26th January 2016
Where: Varley Sports Pavilion Time: 12:00noon
Details: Free BBQ lunch
Presentation of Australia Day Citizenship Awards
Australian Citizenship Affirmation

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Australia Day Awards.

Lake Grace

2015 Lake Grace Community Group  or Event of the Year

Winner: Lake Grace District High School Centenary

Lake Grace District High School Centenary nominated by Nicole Argent, the Lake Grace Pingrup Football Club and the Lake Grace Development Association.

This event, held on Saturday eighteenth October 2014, saw the Lake Grace School celebrate its Centenary with seven hundred and thirty five people reported to have registered their attendance at the day and possibly more than that actually there for the day.

The success of the day is testament to the eighteen months of planning by the Lake Grace School staff and the Centenary Committee, working in collaboration with many of our local community groups to accommodate the large number of people it was anticipated would attend this event.

2015 Lake Grace Citizenship Award for a person under 25

Winner: Matthew Trevenen

Mr Matthew (Matt) Trevenen nominated by the Lake Grace Pingrup Football Club.

Matt has coached a very diverse group of up to thirty five players ranging in age from thirteen to forty six years. Matt’s management and encouragement of these players was greatly appreciated by all and the playing group displayed a wonderful camaraderie and commitment to each other, the team and to Matt.

Matt is an integral part of the Lake Grace Pingrup Football Club, making himself available to assist wherever possible. As a partner in a small business he is also a valued sponsor of the club and the Lake Grace Cricket Club.

2015 Lake Grace Citizenship Awards for person over 25

Winner: Vynka Lay

Mrs Vynka Lay nominated by the Lake Grace Development Association.

Vynka epitomises active citizenship. She is a proactive, committee and reliable volunteer involved in many projects and groups across the Lake Grace Community. Vynka takes on committees, fund raising, leadership and supporting roles, all for the betterment of this community. She does all this readily, whilst raising a family and running a business with her husband Bevan.

Newdegate

2015 Newdegate Group or Event of the Year

Winner: Newdegate Street Party Committee

Newdegate Street Party Committee nominated by Roz Lloyd.

This committee obtained a grant from Australia Post for a community Christmas Street Party and coordinated the event. The Committee included: Emily Gilmour, Kelly Barr, Angela Ellard and Helen Scott.

The Community Christmas Spirit Street Party was held on the twenty first December 2013 from 6.30pm. The Street Party followed the Community Christmas Tree where the children visited Santa and received a gift. There was a sausage sizzle for the children and hot beef rolls for the adults. A Christmas cake raffle raised money for the 2014 school camp. The children were given show bags and glow sticks to play with on the night, but the biggest hit for the older children (age 11 and up) was the laser tag that was hired for them to enjoy.

2015 Newdegate Citizenship Award for a person over 25

Winner: Ian Chamberlain

Mr Ian Chamberlain nominated by Newdegate Community Development Association.

Ian has made a significant contribution to the local community, especially in the twenty nine years as a Shire Councillor representing the Newdegate Ward. As a Councillor Ian served on the following committees; Works and Services, Roads 2020, Regional Road Group, Newdegate L.C.D.C. Newdegate Community Housing Advisory Committee, Central South Tourism Association and Regional Traffic Liaison.

Ian was also involved in the following community working groups as a Councillor; Newdegate Farm Water Supplies, Newdegate Town Gazebo and Park, promotion of the John Holland Way, CDMA mobile phone network and Community Housing projects.

Further to his councillor commitments Ian also served on the following Community Committees; Jaycees, Newdegate Field Day Committee with ten years as promotions officer, Vice President Newdegate Field Days, Newdegate Town site Rejuvenation Committee and Chairman Newdegate Swimming Pool Committee.

Ian was recognised with a Meritorious Service Award from the Western Australian Local Government Association in August 2002.

Lake King

2015 Lake King Citizenship Award for a person under 25 years of age

Winner: Jenna Sugg Jenna Sugg Copy

Jenna has done her family and community proud in her recent endeavours to raise money, awareness and donate her hair for the Cancer Council of WA. At the tender age of nine  after attending her Grandfather’s memorial (a cancer suffer) and watching a family friend lose her hair, Jenna decided she wanted to do something to help. Jenna decided to grow her hair to donate to the Beautiful Lengths Program that uses hair to make wigs and raise money as she went. Originally Jenna set out to raise $300. At the last count she raised over $4,000 with money still coming in. Jenna (with the help of her Mum) held a fund raiser at the local Tavern on Saturday fifteenth October 2014, with many community members in attendance where she cut off her lovely long hair.

2015 Lake King Community Event or Group of the Year

Winner: McPhee Harvest Busy Bee - Varley, Lake Camm and Lake King communities

To recognise the overwhelming community support and spirit for a local family suffering adversity. This support took the form of a community busy bee to harvest Aubrey and Vicki McPhee’s crop after the passing of Aubrey in November 2013.

No one hesitated to offer their help at a time when every farmer is focused on getting their own crops off, but even with the weather threatening to delay harvest 21 headers, in excess of 30 trucks and numerous caser bins turned out to harvest and deliver 1,130 hectares in less than 10 hours. Along with the machines there were as many support staff organising the harvest process, moving field bins, assisting with repairs and generally keeping the wheels turning.

There was a true sense of community, not one person hesitated to offer something when asked if they could help. Occasions like this make you aware of the true values of living in a rural community. That value cannot be measured in dollars. We may not have a very large population but the heart of these small communities is too big to be measured.

 

Citizenship Ceremony

Congratulations to the Winyard family, Edward, Rachael, Robert and Abigail on becoming Australian Citizens on Australia Day!

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Varley

2015 Varley Community Event or Group of the Year

Winner: McPhee Harvest Busy Bee - Lake King, Lake Camm and Varley Communities

To recognise the overwhelming community support and spirit for a local family suffering adversity. This support took the form of a community busy bee to harvest Aubrey and Vicki McPhee’s crop after the passing of Aubrey in November 2013.

No one hesitated to offer their help at a time when every farmer is focused on getting their own crops off, but even with the weather threatening to delay harvest 21 headers, in excess of 30 trucks and numerous caser bins turned out to harvest and deliver 1,130 hectares in less than 10 hours. Along with the machines there were as many support staff organising the harvest process, moving field bins, assisting with repairs and generally keeping the wheels turning.

There was a true sense of community, not one person hesitated to offer something when asked if they could help. Occasions like this make you aware of the true values of living in a rural community. That value cannot be measured in dollars. We may not have a very large population but the heart of these small communities is too big to be measured.

2015 Lake King Australia Day Citizen of the Year

Winner: John Zurnamer

Mr John Zurnamer nominated by Varley Progress Association. 

John is an outstanding member of the small Varley community. He is involved in many community groups including: St John Ambulance, Varley Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Town Scaping Committee. John is somewhat of the “go to” man for all jobs big and small and does many of these things in his own time.

John and his wife Sheena run the local general store and encourage community interaction by holding regular BBQ’s at their store after hours for everyone to attend.

John is a credit to the Varley community who consider themselves lucky to have him.