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Australia Day celebrated in Heathcote

McIvor Community Award winners Colin Stobaus and Charles Davies were recognised at Australia Day celebrations on Sunday.

BARBARA SUNGAILA January 30, 2014 4:01am

Colin Stobaus and Charles Davies.

This year’s McIvor Community Award winners, Colin Stobaus and Charles Davies, have both made important and lasting contributions to the community.

Mr Stobaus was nominated by Heathcote SES controller Steve Johnson.

Mr Johnson said Mr Stobaus had been involved in many different activities and committees in Heathcote, and was a key player in the construction of the new SES headquarters.

‘‘Col took me to Bendigo for meetings with building surveyors, DSE and SES regional HQ,’’ Mr Johnson said.

‘‘When the building permit eventually came through, Col acted as project manager... and work started the next day.

‘‘Col was there for approximately three weeks, full-time, at no charge and used his influence in the building industry to organise voluntary labour.

‘‘We now have a beautiful building.

‘‘Looking at the plaque on the 1993 building reminds me (that) when we built the original building, Col organised a team to pour the slab at no charge.’’

Mr Johnson also mentioned Mr Stobaus’s contributions to the Lions Easter auction, the Lions Estate, the cricket club, the community bank and his current presidency of Heathcote Golf Club.

‘‘This is all I can think of but there’s probably dozens of projects and committees Col’s been on,’’ he said.

Mr Stobaus said it was humbling to win.

‘‘It came out of the blueGreg Speirs rang and told me and I was lost for words,’’ he said.

He said his extended family would be at the award ceremony which was even more special for Mr Stobaus because his three sons and his sisters ‘‘who are spread far and wide’’ were in town to see him receive his award.

Junior Citizen of the Year Charles Davies was nominated by Allisyn Clouston on behalf of Heathcote Tennis Club.

Mrs Clouston said Mr Davies had displayed a consistent interest in leadership and had the qualities needed to take an active and constructive role in the community.

‘‘Charles is an outstanding role model for the youth of Heathcote and an inspiration of self-motivation and consideration of others,’’ she said.

Mr Davies has been involved in the Heathcote Junior Football and Netball Club since 2003, both as a player, volunteer and club official.

‘‘During Charles’s tenure, whilst playing for the Heathcote under 17 team, the under 14 team was in fear of collapsing because they could not secure a suitable coach,’’ Mrs Clouston said.

‘‘This would mean that all the kids in this age group would be forced to leave the game they loved and either play outside of Heathcote or in fact never return to the sport.

‘‘This concerned Charles, so in his true leadership and community spirit he volunteered to coach the team for the season rather than see the under 14 team disband.’’

Mr Davies also plays senior football, tennis and cricket and is about to begin studies at Latrobe University this year, following his dream to become a paramedic.

He is involved with tennis coaching and has recently become secretary of the tennis club.

He said it was a huge honour to win the award.

‘‘Not many people get to win such a thing, I guess it’s good to see people appreciate what I do,’’ he said.

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