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Australia Day Awards

 2020 Australia Day Awards


Australia Day


Please join us in celebrating our successful Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year award recipients at events across the Coorong on Sunday, 26 January 2020:


Meningie - Annual Fun Run & Breakfast

Meningie Progress Association together with the Meningie Lions Club will be hosting the Annual Fun & Breakfast on the shores of Lake Albert at the Meningie Cheese Factory, Fiebig Road, Meningie. The Fun Run begins at 7:30am, breakfast will be served from 8:00am with formal presentations to follow at 9:15am.

Meningie will be celebrating Garry Hera-Singh as Citizen of the Year, a leader and advocate of the Lower Lakes and Coorong fishing industry, as well as Dr Harry Ousley, who will receive the Meningie Progress Association’s Community Service Award.

The Mayor will also conduct a citizenship ceremony to welcome the district’s newest Australian citizens. More information on Meningie's celebration can be found here, or by contacting Marianne Cunneen on 0437 320 779.

Meningie Citizen of the Year – Garry Hera-Singh

Garry is a well-known figure within the Lower Lakes and Coorong fishing industry; his passion for his industry and the environment has led Garry to become an authority and strong advocate for the Coorong and Lower Lakes ecosystem. Over numerous years Garry has been involved in the Southern Fisherman’s Association, SA Fishing Industry Research & Development Board, RAMSAR Management Plan Community Reference Group, Coorong (National Park) Consultative Committee, Inland Fisheries Management Committee, National Native Fish Strategy, Murray-Darling Basin Committee, and the SA Water Barrage Operational Strategy. In 2019 Garry received the PIRSA SA Seafood Industry Ambassador Award.


Tintinara – Australia Day BBQ Lunch

The Tintinara Action Club will host a BBQ lunch celebration at the Tintinara Action Club Shed, Lake Indawarra, Tintinara, to celebrate Citizen of the Year, Naomi Stidiford. Naomi’s volunteering record is impressive, particularly in carrying out SA Ambulance Service duties, as well supporting her local clubs and community groups.

Special guest speaker, Anthony Fioravanti will also be in attendance as the 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.

The celebrations will commence at 10:30am, with the formal presentations to lead and lunch to follow. A gold coin donation would be appreciated. For further information please contact Shane Vowles on 0428 108 004 (Tintinara Action Club).

Tintinara Citizen of the Year – Naomi Stidiford

Embodying the true meaning of a volunteer, Naomi gives much of herself in service to her community as a SA Ambulance Service volunteer, including over 5,000 hours each year on roster, delivering CPR 30 programs to the community, appointed as Team Leader since 2014 (administration, mentoring and training), and receiving her 10 Year Service Award. If that weren’t enough, Naomi has also been actively involved in the Tintinara Bowling Club, Tintinara Women’s and Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Tintinara Action Club, Tintinara Area School Governing Council, umpiring for the Mallee Netball League and a trainer for the Border Downs Tintinara Football Club.


Tailem Bend – Australia Day Lunch

The Tailem Bend Progress Association invites the community to an Australia Day BBQ lunch prepared by the Tailem Bend Lions Club ($10 per person, kids under 10 are free) at Willow Street Park, Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend, to celebrate Citizen of the Year Maxine Kiddie, a true pillar of her community who has contributed to a range of community projects, organisations and events within Tailem Bend. The Tailem Bend Christmas Parade and Cabaret will also be celebrated as Community Event of the Year.

Former Tailem Bend local, Ian Eckermann will also be in attendance as special guest speaker.

Official presentations will commence from 11:00am and lunch will follow. Guests are asked to BYO chairs and drinks. For further information please email tbprogressassociation@gmail.com or contact Sandra Douglas on 0411 649 418.

Tailem Bend Citizen of the Year – Maxine Kiddie

Maxine’s energy and passion for her community is an inspiration to all of Tailem Bend. She demonstrates leadership and unwavering commitment to any task, and has been a significant contributor to many community clubs, committees and events over numerous years. Maxine’s involvement and volunteering has extended to her current position as President of the Tailem Bend Progress Association, over 20 years’ involvement with Tailem Bend Music Hall, as well as the Tailem Bend Golf Club, Meals on Wheels, Tailem Bend Primary School (breakfast club), Tailem Bend History Group and Tailem Bend Rotary Club. Maxine’s organisational (and comedic) talents have really shone through her involvement with the Tailem Bend Christmas Parade and Cabaret over the past 4 years, helping to make the pageant a success each year.

Tailem Bend Community Event of the Year – Tailem Bend Christmas Parade and Cabaret

The Tailem Bend Christmas Parade is a popular highlight within the yearly regional Christmas calendar, and never fails to provide fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The event brings approximately 2,500 - 3,000 visitors to Tailem Bend each year, where they experience the parade, Santa’s Wonderland, food and drink stalls, live music and entertainment, and activities and games. Organised by a sub-committee of the Tailem Bend Progress Association, the event encourages local businesses, community groups and school children to be involved. The Tailem Bend Christmas Parade Cabaret was first held as a fundraiser for the Christmas parade and has now grown and evolved to become a successful event in its own right; the music and entertainment on offer means that the night is always well-attended and enjoyed by its supporters.


2020 Australia Day Ambassador – Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti: Officer in Charge of State Intelligence Branch

Coorong District Council is privileged to host Anthony Fioravanti as the 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.

Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti is currently the Officer in Charge of State Intelligence Branch.  His career has spanned nearly 40 years and career highlights have included 18 years in the Special Task and Rescue Group and previous postings as the Officer in Charge of Barossa Yorke Local Service Area, South Coast Local Service Area, Western Adelaide Local Service Area, Eastern Adelaide Local Service Area, STAR Group, Traffic Support Branch and Western District.  In his current role he is also a member of the Crime Stopper SA board.

During his career he was fortunate to have been selected to participate in the 2009 South Australia and New Zealand Police Officer Exchange Program.  He was seconded to the New Zealand Police Service and was posted to Christchurch.  During this 3 month secondment he lived within the Christchurch CBD and relieved as the Officer in Charge of Christchurch Central (CBD).  In February 2011 he returned to Christchurch as the South Australia Police Contingent Commander to assist in the earthquake efforts.  During his 4 week deployment he was the only Australian police officer to perform a Command role in the Police Earthquake Operation Centre.

Anthony has always had an interest in health and fitness and enjoys his regular gym workouts and classes. He is currently studying to be a physical trainer.

This year Anthony will be attending the celebration at Tintinara as a guest speaker.


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