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:
Two men were taken to hospital after a collision near Tatura.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons defeated Corowa Rutherglen Roos by 76 points at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
REGIONAL Victorians will be invited to get up close and personal with Graham (pictured above) – the face of a world-first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative.
AFTER 46 years of garden growing, Rochester and District Garden Club members are hanging up their spades, drying out their gloves and getting ready to watch the weeds grow.
Gift fundraiser is looking for toddler talent.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
THE Heathcote Community will come together once again to honour the memory of car accident victim Georgia Edsall-French at a memorial day this Saturday.
Katamatite Lions Club held its 42nd annual handover dinner at the Boosey Creek Tavern on July 13.
Mathoura endured a harsh hammering to its playing confidence on Saturday with a 24-goal thrashing at the hands of Deniliquin Rovers.
The demand for organic milk in Australia is outstripping supply, creating an opportunity for the region’s dairy farmers.
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