Tatura's Australia Day celebrations included Phyll Bramley being named the Tatura Citizen of the Year and Alex Cox being named Junior Citizen of the Year.BOB NICOL January 29, 2013 11:40am
Jeanette Powell (left) and Wendy Lovell (right) with the Tatura Citizen of the Year Phyll Bramley and Young Citizen of the Year Alex Cox
Recognising Tatura residents and a free barbecue breakfast ensured a big crowd at Saturday’s Australia Day celebrations.
Phyll Bramley was named Tatura Citizen of the Year, while Alex Cox was named Junior Citizen of the Year.
Mrs Bramley, aged 81, came to Tatura in 1954 with her husband and had four children.
Her many years of involvement in the Tatura community has included being player, secretary, president, umpire, umpire controller and life member of Tatura Netball Club.
In 1999 she received a distinction award from Netball Victoria for the Goulburn region and in 2000 she was awarded an Australian Sporting Achievement medal by the Governor General.
Mrs Bramley is also an active member of Tatura Anglican Church where she was a youth leader for 20 years and became a leadership training officer. She has also been on the parish council and a member of the guild, serving as president, secretary and treasurer.
A number of other services to the community were recognised at the award presentation.
Mrs Bramley, who was presented with her award by Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell, said she was humbled and honoured to receive the award.
‘‘Tatura is a wonderful place with great people and, God willing, I hope to continue working beside these people,’’ she said.
Tatura Young Citizen of the Year Alex Cox also received his award from Ms Lovell.
Alex has demonstrated excellence in public speaking and was the winner of the Goulburn Valley heat of the Legacy Public Speaking Competition last year.
He went on to win the Victorian Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition, which involved competing in a number of different contests and heats.
His prowess in the public speaking arena, prompted City of Greater Shepparton councillor Kevin Ryan to ask the question: ‘‘Where the hell were you four months ago when we were calling for nominations for council?’’
Cr Ryan has invited Alex to stand in his place at the next election.
‘‘He’s a fantastic kid with a fantastic future,’’ he said.
Alex has contributed to the Tatura community via service to Tatura Lawn Tennis Club, assisting at the Tatura Primary School in the prep classroom one morning each fortnight, and assisting the older students with speech writing, techniques and gestures.
Alex spoke to Sacred Heart Primary School during their book week — the theme being Local Champions — and was junior school councillor at Tatura Primary School, member of Kyabram and District tennis squad for 2012 season and past member of Tatura Junior Football Club.
Alex said he was still in a daze.
‘‘To be recognised like this is truly amazing. Thanks to the person who nominated me, my family and friends,’’ he said.
A DVD about the experience of Indigenous people who settled on the river flats between Mooroopna and Shepparton from 1939 will be screened on Monday.
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.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
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.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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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