Nagambie celebrated Australia Day with entertainment, a barbecue and recognising Australia's diversity and thanking its volunteers.JENNA BISHOP January 30, 2014 4:49am
Nagambie residents were out in true Australian spirit in the afternoon sun to pay tribute to members of the community who devote much of their time to the betterment of the region.
Attendees enjoyed performances from singer Callum Gleeson and the bootscooting moves of the Nagambie Linedancers, plus a barbecue provided by the Nagambie 1st Scouts.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Deb Swan paid tribute to the region’s volunteers who had worked tirelessly during the past year.
‘‘The volunteerism we have in this area is higher than most,’’ she said.
Nagambie’s Australia Day Ambassador and 3AW radio personality David Mann spoke about Australia’s melting pot of cultures and the diversity of Australia.
‘‘It’s about being part of a big, sometimes noisy, robust family,’’ he said.
‘‘They make us unique and strong.’’
Mr Mann also paid tribute to Australia’s volunteer personnel who worked around the clock to fill sandbags in floods and risk their lives to save others.
Sissy Hoskin and Chrissy Beresford shared the award for Nagambie Citizen of the Year, presented to them for their work in securing funding for the Nagambie Preschool precinct, organising several Melbourne Cup Tours and their commitment to helping with school events and sports.
James Brook was named Young Citizen of the Year for his dedication to volunteering for sports clubs and umpiring for football and cricket.
He has joined Locksley Fire Brigade and was also named Strathbogie Shire’s Young Citizen of the Year.
The Nagambie Community Event of the Year was awarded to the 2013 ANZAC Day Service.
The Nagambie Football and Netball Club was named Community Organisation of the Year for its commitment to bringing the spokes of the community together and partnering with local industries to help develop community organisations.
Residents Eileen McDonald, Bob Doherty, Rick Jamieson and Brenna Kleinig were also recognised for their service to the community.
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