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.
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