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:
Police are appealing for witnesses to an overnight theft at Kialla’s Riverside Plaza.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
As well as being a massive success, the Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club's annual Easter tournament featured several locals playing in grand finals.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFEs student of the year at her graduation this month.
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