Several citizens were honoured with Australia Day awards at the celebrations in Kings Park, which featured plenty of activities to entertain anyone.JENNA BISHOP January 29, 2014 4:09am
Members of the Rotary Club of Seymour stand with flags during the traditional flag raising ceremony.
Kings Park was hidden behind a sea of red, white and blue as Seymour residents dressed in their finest Australia-themed attire for the Australia Day celebrations on Sunday, with more than 1400 residents flocking to the festivities.
Seymour residents were treated to a day of fun activities, including a dress-up competition, thong-throwing competition and a talent quest.
Celebrations also featured a lamington bake off and plenty of fun for children, including a jumping castle and backyard cricket.
Seymour’s Australia Day ambassador and co-founder of the iconic Lonely Planet travel guides said he was proud to be an Australian.
‘‘It’s a day when we think about who we are and recognise what people have done,’’ he said.
Rotary Club of Seymour’s Ray Brown said the event, run for the first time by Rotary, had been successful.
‘‘We acknowledge it wasn’t perfect, but we will be working hard to bring a better event for next year,’’ he said.
In conjunction with the Telegraph, the Rotary Club of Seymour presented three awards to diligent, hard-working members of the community.
Well-known Seymour resident Ken Hall was recognised for his years of dedication and volunteering in the community, being named Seymour’s inaugural winner of the Citizen of the Year award.
Mr Hall has diligently worked to develop Kings Park into an asset the community can be proud of and is also involved with Eastern Hill Cricket Club.
Mr Hall said he had no idea he’d even been nominated for the award.
He said the award also recognised the work of half a dozen volunteers who help with the maintenance and development of the park.
Mr Hall said volunteering was a way to give back to the community, although it was also an excellent way to catch up with mates.
‘‘I often say that if I were employed, I would be sacked because we spend half the day talking,’’ he said.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Mr Hall said he already had plans for the park’s continual development.
The inaugural winner of the Young Citizen of the Year was Nic O’Connor, who was recognised for his volunteer work with Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre.
Phong and Nga Le were the inaugural joint winners of the Newcomer of the Year award, recognised for their desire to be involved in the community in as many ways as possible, including expressing interest in joining the Hilldene Fire Brigade.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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