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Australia Day Awards

 2019 Australia Day Awards


Australia Day


Please join us in celebrating our successful Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and Community Project of the Year award recipients at events across the Coorong on 26 January 2019:


Meningie - Annual Fun Run & Breakfast

Meningie Progress Association together with the Meningie Lions Club will be hosting Meningie’s 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 9:30am. Meningie will be celebrating a long-standing and well-loved community volunteer, Ian Qualmann as Citizen of the Year, and Lake Albert Golf Club’s annual ‘Murraylands Ambrose, Scrambrose & LALA Classic’ as Community Event of the Year. Coorong Cottage Industries will be honoured as Community Project of the Year. Special guest speaker, Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM will also be in attendance as the 2019 Australia Day Ambassador. More information on Meningie's celebration can be found here, or by contacting Marianne Cunneen on 0437 320 779.

Meningie Citizen of the Year – Ian Qualmann

A true community stalwart, Ian has given countless hours of service to the Meningie community over the past 50 years. A volunteer dedicated to many causes, Ian is a Life Member of the CFS with over 30 years’ service. His involvement with the St John Ambulance Service spanned over 20 years, as has his work with the Meningie Lions Club. A love of sport also led to volunteering with the Lake Albert Golf Club, the Meningie Football Club, Meningie Cricket Club, Meningie Sailing Club and the Meningie Bowling Club. Known locally as a larrikin with a big heart, his efforts have also extended to the Meningie Progress Association, Meningie Agricultural Bureau, Meningie RSL and the Meningie Hospital.

Meningie Community Event of the Year - Murraylands Ambrose, Scrambrose and LALA Classic

This event has grown substantially since it began 25 years ago, evolving into an annual three-day event that brings in 180 players, with up to 20 different clubs represented during the competition. Held at the Lake Albert Golf Club in December, the event is a positive, fun weekend for all that is attracting return visitors. Many competitors bring their families for the weekend, delivering an influx of visitors and flow-on benefits to the town’s business community.

Meningie Community Project of the Year – Coorong Cottage Industries

By offering locals the opportunity to sell their art and craft on consignment, Coorong Cottage Industries has supported emerging and established creators to produce goods and hone their skills since 1993. CCI celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, with over 200 members benefitting over that time from the organisation which fosters and develops enterprise opportunities for Meningie and its surrounding areas.


Tintinara - Aussie Breakfast

The Tintinara Lions Club together with TRADE Inc. will host an Aussie Breakfast at the Tintinara Health & Recreation Centre, Wendt Terrace, Tintinara, to celebrate Citizens of the Year, Jim and Jacki Cunningham, two absolute pillars of their community, and the Tintinara Nature Playground as Community Project of the Year, which was successfully completed in 2018. Breakfast will be served at 8:00am with formal presentations to follow. For further information contact Keith Harkness on 0427 602 750 (Lions Club) or Faith Coleman on 0419 823 286 (TRADE).

Tintinara Citizens of the Year – Jim and Jacki Cunningham

With over 50 years of activity within the Tintinara community, Jim and Jacki are an inspiration. Both together and individually they have given much to the clubs and committees they have been part of. Both have been active in the TRADE (Tintinara Regional Areas Development Enterprises) group since 1991, the Tintinara Development Group Committee, Tintinara Historical Society, Friends of the CWA Committee and Culburra Community Complex. Jim is the Tintinara Lions Club president and served 15 years with the Tintinara Apex Club. Jacki volunteers with the CWA, Tintinara Basketball Club, Tintinara Netball Club, Culburra Tennis Club, Coorong Suicide Prevention Network, Tinty Lights Up and Coonalpyn Arts Group Town Mosaic Committee. The couple are considered to be “commitment to the community personified, serving their community with conviction, purpose and professionalism”.

Tintinara Community Project of the Year – Tintinara Nature Playground

Strong community support turned this project to transform the Tintinara Recreational Precinct playground into a nature play space from a dream into reality. The community secured a $144,150 Fund My Neighbourhood grant, sourced materials from local businesses and pitched in with volunteer labour to build the playground. The community’s donations, volunteer work and other support is estimated to be worth $100,000. It is clear that a strong volunteer work ethic and a team approach has produced a facility that many families can now enjoy.


Tailem Bend – Australia Day Lunch

The Tailem Bend Rotary Club invite the community to an Australia Day lunch ($10 per person) at Willow Street Park, Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend, to celebrate Citizens of the Year, Lynton Piggott and Joyce Medlow, two outstanding volunteers who have worked tirelessly for the community for many years. The Tailem Bend Community Centre’s ‘Bucket List’ project will also be celebrated as Community Project of the Year. Special guest speaker, Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM will also be in attendance as the 2019 Australia Day Ambassador. Lunch will be served from 12:00pm with formal presentations to follow. Guests are asked to BYO chairs and drinks. For further information email secretary@tailembendrotary.com.au or contact Sue Piggott on 0439 723 998.

Tailem Bend Citizen of the Year – Lynton Piggott

The Tailem Bend community has benefitted a great deal from Lynton’s dedication and hard work. His contributions to the Tailem Bend Primary School have inspired many local young people to look up to him as a community role model. A quiet achiever, Lynton’s involvement also extended to the town’s netball, football, Rotary and Lions clubs, the town’s cemetery committee, hospital, pageant committee, the Tailem Bend Progress Association, the Tailem Bend Music Hall and the Tailem Bend Singers.

Tailem Bend Citizen of the Year – Joyce Medlow

Joyce stands out as an avid community volunteer and supporter of Tailem Bend, whose efforts and achievements over the past 50 years are many and varied. Through fundraising, school and sports events, hosting overseas exchange students and sewing costumes for the Tailem Bend Music Hall and the Tailem Bend Calisthenics Club, Joyce has dedicated herself to many worthy causes. Beneficiaries of her hard work include the Tailem Bend Hospital, the Tailem Bend Combined Probus Club, Meals on Wheels, the Mobilong Inner Wheel Club, the Tailem Bend Primary School and the Tailem Bend, Murray Bridge and Mobilong Rotary Clubs.

Tailem Bend Community Project of the Year – Tailem Bend Community Centre’s ‘Bucket List’

The ‘Bucket List’ concept provided older residents and their families with a unique way to talk about their plans for living their senior years to capacity. The Tailem Bend Community Centre Bucket List stall at the 2018 Engaging in Ageing Expo in Tailem Bend helped promote active ageing and celebrate the contribution of seniors to the community.


Peake – BYO BBQ Tea

The Peake Community Centre invite the community to enjoy a BYO BBQ Tea at the Peake Hall, Mallee Highway, Peake, to celebrate local farmer, long-serving volunteer and Citizen of the Year, Trevor Johnson. Please bring your own meat (for barbecuing), salads, sweets and drinks and enjoy a relaxed evening of celebration from 6pm (for 6:30pm start) onwards. For further information contact Judith Johnson (Secretary) on 8574 3045 or 0409 743 042.

Peake Citizen of the Year – Trevor Johnson

No job is too big or too small for Peake farmer Trevor, whose volunteering over the past 55 years has had a significant impact across his tight-knit community. A firefighter with the Peake CFS Brigade where he has served for 38 years, Trevor also gives his time to the Peake Memorial Hall, Peake Community Centre and the Peake Baptist Church. Peake sporting clubs have also benefited from Trevor’s dedication. He has held several positions with the Peake Tennis Club over 30 years, is a Life Member of the Peake and District Football Club and an active member of the Geranium Bowling Club. In addition, Trevor goes the extra mile by cleaning up rubbish, maintaining public areas and fixing things at the Peake Hall.


2019 Australia Day Ambassador

Australia Day Ambassador - Dr Bill Griggs AM 

Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM: Trauma Surgeon

Coorong District Council is privileged to host Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM as the 2019 Australia Day Ambassador.

An expert in trauma medicine who worked in the immediate aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami and the consequences of the Bali bombings.

Dr Griggs also has strong interests in aviation/aerospace medicine and in injury prevention. Since 2004 he has been involved in the development of the ‘Roads2Survival’ young driver road safety program.

Dr Griggs was awarded South Australian of the Year in 2006.

This year Dr Griggs will be attending the celebrations at Meningie and Tailem Bend as a guest speaker.

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