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.
Two naval ships that share names with Goulburn Valley towns have been involved in surveying around the Torres Strait for the last year.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Police are appealing for help in locating a missing Cohuna man who they believe was last seen in Echuca on May 12.
The Elmore Events Centre has received a $500,000 grant which it will put towards the centre's $1.1 million upgrade.
Time is running out to nominate local businesses and individuals for the inaugural Kyabram and District Business Awards.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A fire on a historic bridge on the Heathcote Spring Plains Rd is being treated as suspicious.
Koonoomoo’s recovery from a tornado which hit the township in March is continuing — but this weekend the process will take on a lighter note.
The Roos, after losing four games in a row, have won their second straight with an 80-point thrashing of Picola United.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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