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Peter Ancell from the Coorong District Council has been announced as the State Citizen of the Year in the Australian Day Awards for 2013. Peter Ancell is an enthusiastic, inspirational and dedicated person inspires and encourages others to become involved in community activities and volunteers for numerous organisations within the Meningie region, to such an impact that there are not many people in the Coorong District Council of Coorong that haven’t benefited from Peter’s efforts.
‘These are too numerous to list but include working for the CFS for 25 years and donating some of his land to house one of its stations, Chairing the Meningie and District Hospital Board for 9 years, Chairing the Cheese Factory Museum and work on the Meningie Show, Australia Day Fun Run, Christmas pageant and Driver Reviver events. Peter stands out for his active role in these many organisations, his drive to make a difference which has included raising significant funds and results such as extensions of the hospital, purchase of a building for the Cheese Museum. He does these things very humbly and without expectation. Peter is a wonderful example of the importance of local voluntary contribution to the betterment of the communit.’
Winners in other categories in the 2014 Australia Day Awards include:-
State Young Citizen of the Year: Zachary Caudo (District Council of Loxton Waikerie)
State Community Event of the Year: Joint Winners: Clare Valley Carnival of Music (Clare& Gilbert Valley Council) and Kodomo-no-Hi Japan Festival (City of West Torrens)
MEC Award (Multiculturalism & Language): Laura Clemow (Nairne)
Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award: Tam Boakes (Croydon)
His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, The Governor of South Australia and the Premier Jay Weatherill will present the recipients with their awards in a ceremony (25 January 2014 from 6:30pm) at Government House, conducted by the Australia Day Council of South Australia.
LGA Acting President, Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg, said recipients of the Australia Day Awards were shining examples of individual endeavours that make Australia what it is today.
“I congratulate Award recipients and hope they will inspire others to get involved in their communities,” she said.
Source: Australia Day Council