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2018 Australia Day Awards

Australia Day

Please join us in celebrating our successful Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year awards recipients at events across the Coorong on 26 January 2018:

 

Meningie - Annual Fun Run & Breakfast

Meningie Progress Association 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 9:15am. Meningie will be celebrating a long-standing and well-loved community leader, Andrew Dawes as Citizen of the Year, and the annual Meningie, Food, Fun & Family Fair as Community Event of the Year. More information on Meningie's celebration can be found here, or by contacting Marianne Cunneen on 0437 320 779.

Meningie Citizen of the Year - Andrew Dawes

Andrew is often the backbone of Meningie's community events and projects, consistently putting his hand up to help out, and leading by example with a positive attitude - even during drought periods. Andrew has headed up the Meningie Progress Association, and his progressive attitude has helped drive a number of initatives, including the Meningie Flip Flop Windmill, Lions Jubilee Park, Memorial Park, Ashville History Trail and the Meningie 150th Celebrations. He was also a key leader in Meningie's recent KESAB success at both State and National level. Andrew's efforts help to make Meningie a great district to live in, do business and visit. He is a well-loved and respected leader in the community, and doesn't look like slowing down with his contributions anytime soon.

Meningie Community Event of the Year - Meningie Food, Fun & Family Fair

This proactive community event, now in its sixth year has gone from strength to strength since being established. What initially began as a family day out, has become one of the region's favourite events, with key organisations coming out to support. It now boasts on-water activities, live music, petting zoos, health checks and so much more, with the 2017 event attracting more than 500 people. The whole fair is run by local, passionate volunteers - specifically members or the Meningie Garden Club, who oversee the event.

 

Tintinara - Aussie Breakfast

The Tintinara Lions Club will host an Aussie Breakfast at the Tintinara Health & Recreation Centre, Wendt Terrace, Tintinara, to celebrate the Tintinara Regional Areas Development Enterprise’s (TRADE) Community Event of the Year, the Dr Temple Grandin Event held in July last year. Breakfast will be served at 8:00am with formal presentations to follow. Council’s Australia Day Ambassador, Prof. Don Bursill AM, former SA Chief Scientist and water management expert will be a guest speaker at Tintinara’s breakfast celebration. For further information contact Jim Cunningham on 0428 855 060.

Tintinara Community Event of the Year - Dr Temple Grandin Event

A four-day event, with a visit from international livestock expert Dr Temple Grandin was one of Tintinara's shing lights during 2017. More than 120 volunteers invested time, gaining external funding and sponsorship to make it go ahead - attracting hundreds of people to the town and some exceptional media coverage. It took a huge amount of time and energy from community groups, and invested money directly back in to the community. Dr Temple Grandin ran four information/education sessions, offering a unique opportunity for local farmers and other interested parties to learn from one of the global leaders in animal science and autism.

 

Tailem Bend - Australia Day BBQ Breakfast

Much loved Tailem Bend couple, Bill and Margaret Jaensch will be celebrated as Citizens of the Year at the Willow Street Park, Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend, with a BBQ breakfast provided by the Tailem Bend Lions Club (Adults $10, children under 10 free). Formal presentations will begin at 8:00am sharp, and breakfast to follow at 9:00am. Guests are asked to BYO chairs and picnic blankets. RSVPs are not essential but would be appreciated, by emailing kell71@live.com.au or by calling Don Green on 0419 496 374, or Kellie Jaensch on 0438 313 313.

Tailem Bend Citizens of the Year - Bill and Margaret Jaensch

Known as community role-models, Bill and Margaret Jaensch are entrenched in the Tailem Bend community, whether it be through their involvement in local sports clubs, youth programs or town beautification projects – they have always invested their time to make Tailem Bend a better place to live, work and play. Both have collectively contributed more than 50 years of volunteer work to causes like the local sporting clubs, Lions club, Meals on Wheels, Blue Light Disco and Tailem Bend Progress Association. As well as this, they lend their skills to community projects, with Bill volunteering his time to build the main street and Visitor Information Centre banner poles and map frames. In the nomination to Council, the selfless duo were named as being “generous, dedicated and passionate … helping make Tailem Bend a place proud to call home”.

 

2018 Australia Day Ambassador

 2018 Australia Day Ambassador

Prof. Don Bursill: Water Management Expert

Don Bursill has had some 40 years experience in the water industry in Australia, primarily for the South Australian Water Corporation, stepping down at the end of 2005 as its Chief Scientist.

Don was Deputy Chair of the Board of the Global Water Research Coalition; an international water research coalition that includes 15 national water research centres from Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and Singapore.

From 1996 through to the end of 2010 he chaired the Water Quality Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council which sets the national drinking water quality guidelines, among other functions.

In January 2011 Don was asked to take on the role of Chief Scientist for South Australia, which he did until August 2014. This role involved providing advice to the Government on science and innovation programs. Among a number of achievements during that period, he developed a new science and innovation program for the SA Government with the assistance of the SA Science Council and he set up a networking arrangement for early career researchers that assists the career development and promotes collaboration among young scientists and engineers across South Australian Universities and research institutions. It continues to be managed by Dr Paul Willis at RiAUS (Science Exchange, Adelaide).

He has a CSIRO Medal for water research and two awards from the South Australian Water Association for innovation in water research. Don was South Australia’s Senior Australian of the Year for 2011.

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

 

 

Do you know someone who makes your community a better place? Or a community group or project that has made a remarkable contribution to the community over the past year? The Australia Day Council of SA in partnership with Coorong District Council is proud to present the 2018 Citizen of the Year Awards. 

Nominations will re-open for the 2019 Australia Day Awards later in 2018.

 

Nomination categories include:

Citizen of the Year Award

This award is presented to individuals who operate within our community and inspire us through their achievements.  They may be a teacher, a friend or a neighbour who has somehow made a difference to the lives of those people who live, work, play or study in our community.

Young Citizen of the Year Award

This award is presented to young individuals who operate within our community and inspire us through their achievements.  They may be a work colleague, a friend or a neighbour who has somehow made a difference to the lives of those people who live, work, play or study in our community.

Community Event of the Year Award

This award is presented to the individual or group responsible for staging the district’s most outstanding community event of the year.  This event will have had a positive impact on members of our community and as a result, will have made our district a better place to live, work, play, study and/or visit.

Community Projects(s) of the Year Award

This award is presented to the individual or group responsible for the district’s most outstanding community project(s) of the year.  This project(s) will have had a positive impact on members of our community and/or environment and as a result will have made our district a better place to live, work, play, study and/or visit.

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PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

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