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Youth Recognition Award nominations open

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The Wattle Range Council district has long been home to many talented, passionate and skilful young people who want to make a positive difference in their communities.

 And now, as part of the National Youth Week 2016, the Wattle Range Council has opened their Youth Recognition Award for nominations.

  Wattle Range Council Community Development Officer Sarah Marzec said the council recognises the important and valuable contribution youth make to the community.

“To acknowledge this contribution we invite youth from 12-18 years to nominate and be a part of the awards process,” Sarah said.

 “The awards are designed for young people to be nominated by their families, friends, parents, youth workers, teachers, counsellors, employers and other members of the local community or they can self-nominate for the awards.”

 The presentation night will cover five categories:

 Contributions to the community/Community Involvement Award

This award recognises an individual who has made a positive contribution to the community, has volunteered their time to help others and/or is an active member of the community (such as volunteering with community groups or their school).

 Helping out family and/or friends

Recognising an individual has assisted tirelessly a family or friend in need.

 Learning Success (Continual Improvement)

Recognises an individual who works to continually improve themselves or assists others in learning outcomes.

 Employment achievement (e.g. new initiative, facing a job/ training challenge)

Recognises an individual who has used innovation and ideas that have been recognised by peers.

 Overcoming challenging life situation award

Recognises an individual who has turned a negative situation into a positive. They have had the courage to get through a bad situation and show great resilience and determination. This person is someone who inspires others.

 A presentation night will be held at 6-8pm on Monday, April 11 in the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre and prizes on the night include a certificate and a monitory award for each category winner, as well as promotional bag.

 The nomination forms can be completed online at the council’s website.

Council encourages community to have their say

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Council released the following statement today regarding the Strategic Community Plan – urging the community to have their say.

‘As  part  of  the  development  of  the  Wattle  Range  Council’s  “2020  Vision”  Strategic Community  Plan,  residents  are  invited  to  have  input  in  the  future  of  their community through a recently released community survey.The survey encourages participants to share their thoughts on how Council should improve its services and facilities, as well as ideas and suggestions to develop the region and plan for the future. It covers issues such as Council’s current services and infrastructure, strengths and weaknesses, communication and consultation with the community and future initiatives for youth and aged services. 

Mayor Peter Gandolfi encouraged all residents to take the time to complete the survey.

“It is important for everyone to have an opportunity to have their say,” he said. “Council wants  to  keep  in  touch  with  the  aspirations  of  its  local  residents  and  determine  their priorities so that Council can make the best decisions possible on behalf of its community.

“It’s important that Council undertakes continuous review of the services it provides to the community to meet the needs of the ever changing environment in which we live in. We need to secure a sustainable economic, social, environmental and cultural future for our area.  The  need  to  plan  for  changes  in  population,  maintain  ageing  assets  and  balance community expectation on services and infrastructure provided with limited budgets is a challenge. The Strategic Community Plan is an important tool in ensuring the priorities and aspirations of the Community are considered in this process.”

When finalised, the 2020 Vision document will set out what Council aims to achieve over the next four year period and gives directions and targets in the future management of our region. This  plan, will act as the blueprint for Council’s operations, and guides its annual financial  and  operational  programming,  ensuring  that  Council’s  resources  are  used efficiently  to  deliver  initiatives  and  projects  that  are  important  to  the  Wattle  Range community.

Council  requests  that  its  residents  and  ratepayers  complete  the  community  survey  by Friday, 26 February 2016.

It is available to complete online at www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au or a hard copy is available from one of Council’s Offices, Visitor Information Centres or the Millicent Library.

Council will also host a community consultation forum providing further opportunity for comment, the date of which will be advertised early in March.

Following completion of the community survey and public meeting, Council will develop the Draft  2016‐2020  Strategic  Community  Plan,  which  will  be  available  to  the  public  for comment prior to its formal adoption by Council.’

Source: Wattle Range Council

New citizens welcomed by Mayor Gandolfi

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Above is a photograph of Mayor Gandolfi presenting the Dhaliwal family, Sukhchain, Kamaljit and their son Surkhab with their Australian Citizenship certificates at a ceremony held in the Millicent Library History Room on Friday, 8 January 2016. The Dhaliwal family reside in Millicent and are originally from India.

The young family opened the popular New Heaven Indian Restaurant in Millicent 2 years ago winning the MBCA Outstanding Business Awards 2 successive years and have just opened a second one in Mt Gambier.

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 Mayor Gandolfi presenting Mr John Cosgrove with his Australian Citizenship certificate at a ceremony held in the Millicent Library History Room on Thursday, 14 January 2016.  John, originally from the United Kingdom, now lives in Tantanoola. He was joined at his ceremony by his wife Cath.