by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Australia’s National Day on Monday 26th January will see flags flying around the Nation celebrating a way of life uniquely Australian. The long weekend is an opportunity for people who call Australia home to celebrate in may ways, including attending formal functions or getting together as mates around a barbeque.
It is also an opportunity to recognise deserving community members for their contribution to their country through their community work.
Recipients of Australia Day Awards in Wattle Range are:- the 2015 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards Des Farmer of Millicent, Trevor Rayson of Hatherleigh, Margaret Mountford of Penola.
Council’s chosen Kalangadoo recipient declined to accept the award and modestly saying; “others are more deserving”.
Lewis March of Penola will receive the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership skills and endeavours in youth activities.
Australia Day Community Event of the Year Awards will be awarded to the Millicent Cancer Support Group’s Girls Night In 2014, the 2014 Coast to Coast Fisherman’s Ball and the 150th Penola Show events.
The Awards will be officially presented at 9.00am at Australia Day breakfast functions which commence at 8.00am on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the following venues:
Millicent – Jubilee Park, North Tce Millicent. Mayor Gandolfi and Cr Sharon Cox will present the awards.
Penola – War memorial Park, Church Street Penola. Crs Thornetta and Burrows will present the Awards
Beachport – Lagoon Res, Sommerville Street Beachport. Crs McGrath and Dunnicliffe will present the Awards
Kalangadoo – Kalangadoo Institute Eliza Street Kalangadoo. Deputy Mayor Dycer and Cr Dale Price will present the Awards.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said, ” As a member of Parliament, one of the duties I undertake is to ensure that community groups and organisations are able to access symbols of national identity, such as National Flags, the National Anthem and information on the operation of national institutions.”
Mr Pasin said that community groups, school and or other organisations who would like to receive an Australian flag or find out about what other services are offered they can contact his office to find out more. His Murray Bridge Office can be contacted on 8531 2466 or Mt Gambier on 8724 7730.
“Symbols such as the Australian Flag celebrate our values of tolerance, mateship, respect, diversity and freedom of expression,” he said.