The iconic International Dairy Week event received a special award at the town's Australia Day celebrations on Saturday
Tatura’s iconic International Dairy Week received a special award at the town’s Australia Day celebrations on Saturday.
The Special Recognition Award was accepted by director Brian Leslie who thanked the Australia Day committee for the honour.
Peter Reid is watched by Susanne Gill as he presents the opening blessing.
Mr Leslie said the success of IDW could not have been achieved without the support of many people, including the Bunns in the early days.
IDW, which is ranked the third largest of its kind in the world, continues to enjoy success and respect.
Mr Leslie said it was widely acknowledged overseas for its world-class facilities and entries.
‘‘People speak volumes of the event, with a number saying this year’s Jersey show was the greatest they had ever seen,’’ he said.
Other Tatura award winners were:
Community Event of the Year: 100 Lap Challenge.
Environmental Award: Ross Musolino.
Business award: Trish Lombardozzi of Shopper’s Delight.
Sport’s Award: Tatura Urban Fire Brigade Junior Competition Team.
Committee president Susanne Gill said she was pleased to see such a big crowd attend the celebrations, including people from different nationalities.
Following the flag-raising ceremony and singing of the National Anthem, led by Anthony Rossignuolo, Ms Gill welcomed all to the celebration.
She said it was a pleasure to preside over the event.
‘‘It doesn’t seem like 12 months ago that we were all here,’’ she said.
‘‘I congratulate and welcome all the award winners, their families and special guests.’’
Nathan and Matthew Rennie enjoy their Australia Day breakfast.
Tatura’s Australia Day celebrations included two keynote speakers, Vanessa Stockdale and Nathan Booth.
Both spoke from the heart and were warmly received by the captive audience.
State Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell, said it was important for people to celebrate Australia’s national day, and be proud Australians.
‘‘Australia Day is chance for us to reflect on the privileges and benefits we have as Australians, where people from many different backgrounds are able to live in peace and share in everything our country has to offer,’’ she said.
‘‘Our people, our freedom and democracy and our belief in a fair go are all distinctive features that have built our nation’s character.’’
Mrs Powell said almost every town and community in the district captured some of the spirit of the national day through organised events and commemorations.
‘‘This is also the opportunity for our many migrants and refugees to celebrate their new home,’’ she said.
Australia Day celebrations across the Greater Shepparton region included Murchison and Toolamba.
Murchison award winners:
Murchison Citizen of the Year: Marion DeKlijn.
Murchison Community Event of the Year: Murchison Murrungar Uniting Church Fellowship.
Murchison Sports Award: 2012 C-grade Netball Team.
Murchison Education Award: Ung Klaver.
Toolamba award winner:
Toolamba Citizen of the Year: Gavin Pogue.
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