by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Ms Janice Nitschke AM recipient of the Order of Australia Medal for services to Libraries, was honoured Friday evening, with a Civic Reception hosted by Mayor Peter Gandolfi of the Wattle Range Council. Ms Nitschke is seen here with her Library Staff, who she acknowledged as a big part of her success and who have enabled her to serve on numerous committees and boards in her career of 46 years. Ms Nitschke and the Library staff’s longevity in their roles has contributed to making Millicent Library one of the best in South Australia. Ms Nitschke’s contribution to Libraries throughout South Australia was also acknowledged tonight with people travelling distances to be a part of the Reception.
Mayor Gandolfi welcomed past Mayors Braes and Van Shaik, councillors, family and friends. He read from a long list of Ms Nitschke’s achievements. Mayor Gandolfi acknowledged Ms Nitschke’s 45 years of dedication; making not only libraries better but many other aspects of local government too, saying she began her working life when he was only 1 year old. Mayor Gandolfi said her Order of Australia was well deserved.
Ms Nitschke AM paid special tribute to her family who have supported her throughout her life, to staff, mentors, peers, former mayors and her community in allowing her to have a career doing what she loves. She paid special tribute to those who dedicate their working life to the job they love; for improving services in their community and the communities to follow.
Ms Nitschke and her library staff share a collective 134 years dedicated to the Millicent Library. Ms Nitschke has dedicated 46 years to local government and Libraries in particular, Carmel Tomlinson 28 years, Anne Schumaker 25 years, Meridith Chittleborough 25 years and Christie Rowe celebrated her 10th year at the Millicent Library last week.
Ms Nitschke AM applauded all staff who have been involved over the years and the numerous volunteers who have contributed to the Millicent Library and who continue to contribute to the Library, making it one of the best in South Australia. Under Ms Nitchske’s management, the Millicent Library has led the way in many initiatives including free internet in libraries, the one-card network and the mobile library service.
Mr Geoff Strempel Associate Director State Library SA and Manager of Public Services paid tribute to Ms Nitschke, saying he hoped that Millicent really understood the degree of Ms Nitschke’s contribution to libraries, not only in Millicent but across the state.
“Some people cannot be replaced and Janice Nitschke is one such person,” he said.
Ms Nitschke said the late Mr Ian Tddy had been instrumental in her nomination for this award, something she only became aware of since receiving the honour and for which she was extremely grateful. Mr Tiddy supported the establishment of a Library in Millicent 50 years ago and had continued to support the Library through out his life.
Former Mayor Mark Braes travelled from Adelaide to attend the Civic Reception saying Ms Nitchske’s career, achievements and subsequent award of the Order of Australia has brought honour to Millicent and the surrounding district.
“Lisa and I were very pleased to be present last Friday evening at the public reception to acknowledge and celebrate the public recognition Janice has received for her contribution to library services and the community more broadly. I have seen over the past 21 years how Janice has managed library services on behalf of Council to a high professional standard and at the same time consistently advocated the use of those public services and spaces to advance historical research and preservation, as a forum for artistic expression and a community hub. I was present when Janice received the Crawford award some years ago now, an acknowledgement by her peers across the State of her contribution to library services in its broadest sense at a State level. The award is a worthy acknowledgement of the leadership Janice has provided to the provision of library and community services in Millicent the broader South East and our State.”