Residents gathered at numerous events across Benalla and district to celebrate Australia Day.January 31, 2014 11:50am
Good neighbours: The ‘Gray St’ mob — Jenny DeFazio, Phil Chrimes, Sue Fowles, Ron Fowles, Sandie Chrimes, Julie Bell, Roger Bell and Emmy DeFazio.
Residents gathered at numerous events across the district on Sunday to celebrate Australia Day.
Celebrations were held across Benalla Rural City as winners of the local Australia Day awards were announced.
Mayor Barbara Alexander said Benalla Rural City had many amazing community members who gave up their time to make the region a better place to live.
‘‘The Australia Day awards are just one way of recognising these wonderful people, but it’s a way for us to thank them for their commitment and dedication to helping others,’’ Cr Alexander said.
‘‘Our community could not achieve what it does without their outstanding efforts.’’
Barry O’Connor was awarded Benalla Rural City Citizen of the Year and Lima/Swanpool Achiever of the Year for his significant achievements for the Swanpool and district community.
Benalla Rural City Young Citizen of the Year was Sam Heywood, for demonstrating the qualities of an excellent leader through local service to the community and social justice contributions to those less fortunate.
Sabine Smyth was awarded Benalla Achiever of the Year for her work on the Benalla Migrant Camp Photographic Exhibition, which was awarded Benalla Rural City Community Event of the Year.Benalla Rural City Australia Day award winners
Benalla Rural City Citizen of the Year:
Benalla Rural City Young Citizen of the Year:
Benalla Rural City Community Event of the Year:
Benalla Migrant Camp Photographic Exhibition
Benalla Rural City Community Group of the Year:
Swanpool and District Community Development AssociationAchievement award winners
Baddaginnie Achiever of the Year:
Benalla Achiever of the Year:
Devenish Achiever of the Year:
Goorambat Achiever of the Year:
Lima/Swanpool Achiever of the Year:
Tatong Achiever of the Year:
Thoona Achiever of the Year:
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Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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