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Chrissy Weller named Echuca's top citizen

Chrissy Weller was named Echuca's Citizen of the Year, while former Echuca College student Sarah Head took out the Young Citizen of the Year award on Saturday.

KATHLEEN TONINI January 28, 2013 4:22am

Drew Walker, Sarah Head, Jessica Pitts and Chrissy Weller.


Women and girls made a clean sweep at the Echuca Australia Day celebrations on Saturday.

Taking out the top honours was Chrissy Weller, named as the Citizen of the Year, while former Echuca College student Sarah Head took out the Young Citizen of the Year award.

Soccer star Jessica Pitts was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year and year 8 performer Drew Walker was named Artsperson of the Year.

No one from the Horizon Committee was at the ceremony to accept its award for Community Group of the Year, so Campaspe Shire councillor Emma Bradbury spoke about the event and accepted it in the committee’s absence.

Despite modest guest numbers and the presence of a cool early morning breeze, the Echuca Federal Band played with gusto.

Nigel Dick AM, the Australia Day Ambassador, spoke about Australia’s past struggles and its resilience in the face of challenges.

‘‘If you don’t struggle, you’ve got nothing to overcome,’’ Mr Dick said.

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