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.By Bob Nicol
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.
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