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Wheelton thanks volunteers

Kyabram’s Australia Day ambassador Paul Wheelton thanked the nation’s volunteers during his speech.

January 30, 2013 4:11am

Kyabramís Australia Day MC Steve Kerwin had a joke with Australia Day ambassador Paul Wheelton when he swapped his own car keys for those of Mr Wheeltonís Aston Martin.


Kyabram’s official Australia Day celebration began early on Saturday morning with a breakfast and speeches from event MC Steve Kerwin and Kyabram-Deakin Ward’s Cr Robert Danieli.

In his speech Kyabram’s Australia Day ambassador Paul Wheelton thanked the nation’s volunteers for the wide range of duties they carry out and the help they provide in a huge range of ways.

Mr Wheelton spoke of the attributes Australians are known for, including being tough and resilient.

‘‘It is through events such as Australia Day that our true sense of community can be expressed, and this is made possible only through the hard work of many people within the community,’’ Mr Wheelton said.

Last year’s Citizen of the Year, Denis Wood, was invited onto the stage for his award from last year to be recognised as he was overseas visiting family in the United Kingdom on Australia Day.

Kyabram only presented awards in two of the six categories this year.

Lesley Lowe received the Citizen of the Year award, and the Friends Of group was named Kyabram’s Community Group of the Year.

No award was presented for the Young Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year or Arts Person/Event of the Year categories.

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