Australia Day 2015 in BegaPhotos, Video

Australia Day 2015 in Bega | Photos, Video Enjoying a family get together for the Australia Day long weekend are (back from left) Dave Brown and daughter Laura of Kalaru, Sue Cox of Tathra, Darcey, Monica and Mackenzie Brown of Kalaru, Jordan Watts of Wagga Wagga, (front) Kai Watts, baby Ollie Kelly and Peter Kelly of Wagga Wagga and Ray Cox of Tathra.
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Enjoying Bega’s Australia Day ceremony are Jeremy Fernando and daughter Rosanna.

Holly the red kelpie hangs out in her owner Bob Whiting’s 1954 Chevrolet at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega. The car was built in Brisbane by Holden (part of the General Motors Group). In those days each new model was built in a different capital city in Australia.

At the local emergency services from Bega Rural Fire Services and SES display at Bega’s Australia Day ceremony (from left) Shane Humphries, Cameron Bell, Clyde Green, Yvette Ringland with Philip Pittolo and Imogen Pittolo.

President Bega VRA rescue Phil Dutton with training coordinator Kevin Young at the Littleton Gardens Bega Australia Day ceremony.

Bega Heritage Motor Club members Tony Watson displays his 1928 Chrysler Roadstar and John Ironfield with his 1967 MGB Mark II.

Holly the red kelpie hangs out in her owner Bob Whiting’s 1954 Chevrolet at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega. The car was built in Brisbane by Holden (part of the General Motors Group). In those days each new model was built in a different capital city in Australia.

Bega Heritage Motor Club members Tony Watson displays his 1928 Chrysler Roadstar and John Ironfield with his 1967 MGB Mark II.

Bega Cubs and Scouts attended the ceremony (back from left) Emerson Sirl, Bailey Sirl, Lachlan Fraser, Clayton Troy, (front) Scott Lieper and Aaron Lieper with leader Brian Sirl.

Bega Cubs and Scouts attended the ceremony (back from left) Emerson Sirl, Bailey Sirl, Lachlan Fraser, Clayton Troy, (front) Scott Lieper and Aaron Lieper with leader Brian Sirl.

Annette Haigh and Elaine Caragher settle in for the Australia Day ceremony.

The Bega Guides with leader Anne Moore and Bega Cubs and Scouts with leader Brian Sirl head the parade to unfurl the flags at the start of the ceremony.

The Australia Day ceremony at Littleton Gardens gets underway with the singing of the national anthem.

The Australia Day ceremony at Littleton Gardens gets underway with the singing of the national anthem.

Bega Girl Guides prepare to unfurl the Australian flag.

Bega Cubs and Scouts raise the Aboriginal flag at the start of the ceremony.

Bega Cubs and Scouts raise the Aboriginal flag at the start of the ceremony.

Holly the red kelpie hangs out in her owner Bob Whiting’s 1954 Chevrolet at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega. The car was built in Brisbane by Holden (part of the General Motors Group). In those days each new model was built in a different capital city in Australia.

A good crowd attended Bega’s Australia Day ceremony under overcast skies.

A good crowd attended Bega’s Australia Day ceremony under overcast skies.

Master of Ceremonies Andrew Gray with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith.

Master of Ceremonies Andrew Gray with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith.

Mark Tonelli watches the proceedings.

Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith (right) with deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Janita Fernando (right) with deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley Shire Young Citizen of the Year Imogen Pittolo receives her award from deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley Shire Young Citizen of the Year Kali Samuels-Connell receives her award from deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley residents affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people at the citizenship ceremony.

Bega Valley residents affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people at the citizenship ceremony.

Bega Valley residents affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people at the citizenship ceremony.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Australia Day ambassador Olympic swimmer, Mark Tonelli.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Australia Day ambassador Olympic swimmer, Mark Tonelli.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Australia Day ambassador Olympic swimmer, Mark Tonelli.

Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bega Community Citizen of the Year, Annette Warby, receives her award from chamber president Mal Barnes.

Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bega Community Young Citizen of the Year Sarah Halin is presented her award by chamber president Mal Barnes.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Kaida Nguyen of Tathra.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Kaida Nguyen of Tathra.

Thu Mong Thi Tran of Tathra celebrates her new Australian citizenship with husband Michael holding baby Kaiden and daughter, Kaida.

The Great Zamboni performing at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega.

Jake Whyman and Brittany Meers provided the live entertainment at the ceremony.

Helping to celebrate Annette Warby’s Community Citizen of the Year award are family members (from left) Michael Warby, Lily Warby, Pip Marshman and Andrew Warby.

Caroline Ryan with husband Tony is proud to now call Australia home. Caroline is from the Philippines but now lives at Tantawangalo. She feels very much at home in Australia and loves the people.

Musicians Jake Whyman and Brittany Meers with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith.

Musician Brittany Meers who is a member of Bega Pony Club with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith who is president of the Bega Pony Club.

The Great Zamboni performing at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega.

The inaugural “thongathon” attracted a pleasing number of entries.

Bega Valley Regional Gallery curator Iain Dawson and deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold with the winning entry in the “thongathon” competition.

New Australian citizen Nuo Zhao of Bega with friend Jo Wheatley at the Bega ceremony.

TweetFacebookAlso receiving their awards for Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Community Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year were Annette Warby of Tathra and Sarah Halin of Bega.

Kelly Grant, Michael Jay, Caroline Ryan, Thu Mong Thi Tran, Nuo Zhao, Frances Buckle, Christopher Jesson, Elizabeth Tapp, Jane Van Limbeek and Melanie Bonney-Lukat became our newest Australian citizens in the Valley in a citizenship ceremony conducted by deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold.

They were among a total of 15,915 people nationally from 152 different countries who took part in citizenship events across the country.

Cr Seckold congratulated the 10 local residents on becoming formal members of the Australian community.

The inaugural Aussie Thongathon art competition drew a great response with entries proudly displayed on the Hills Hoist set up in Littleton Gardens.

Laila Lee was judged the winner by Mr Tonelli and picked up a prize of a 12-month family pass to Sapphire Coast Aquatic Centre and signed memorabilia by Mr Tonelli.

Marie Smith, on accepting her award for Bega Valley Shire’s Citizen of the Year, said she was at first surprised and embarrassed by the successful nomination, but then decided at her age she was going to enjoy it.

Fellow recipient Janita Fernando felt the same way and said as a busy mother of four her energy and ability to help others comes primarily from her Christian faith and the support from her husband, Jeremy, and her daughters, parents and friends.

“I thank them for the support they give me for my many crazy ideas, particularly from friend Christine Smith, who partners with me and Jeremy,” Ms Fernando said.

“Jeremy and others share in this award with me.”

Joint Bega Valley Young Citizen of the Year Imogen Pittolo in her address thanked all those who have given her the opportunities she has had to make a difference, saying she enjoys doing what she does and seeing others gaining the benefits.

Meanwhile, Kalidevi Samuels-Connell of Pericoe thanked the people who nominated her and all those others who make a voluntary contribution to the community every day, who are not receiving an award.

On naming Annette Warby as Bega Chamber of Commerce Community Citizen of the Year, president Mal Barnes said Ms Warby, upon learning of her award, said she was “just doing something she felt needed to be done”.

“She has shown outstanding citizenship because of this need to volunteer,” Mr Barnes said.

Ms Warby acknowledged her sponsor Helen Slater and others in the community who have also volunteered in some form over the years.

“I thank the Bega Valley Shire Council for what they have done today and in the community in general.

“It’s really great to see so many young people stepping in and I’m very proud to be among those receiving awards today,” Ms Warby said.

Sarah Halin met the news of her award with stunned silence at first, Mr Barnes said.

“Sarah is one of those people though who puts her hand up for everything in the community,” Mr Barnes said.

Sarah thanked her family for their continual support and for “keeping me stable and going”.

“Thank you for the support people have given me in the Bega Valley.

“I’m on to bigger and better things because of this,” she said.

The ceremony concluded with live entertainment by Jake Whyman and Brittany Meers and activities for children.

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Moruya celebrates Australia Day: PHOTOS / VIDEO

Moruya celebrates Australia Day: PHOTOS / VIDEO Max, Shirine and Trinity Troeth
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Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

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Elsie-Jane Stanley and Olivia Strachan

Elise, Annabelle and Hayden Paull

Max Berthold-Peadon from Tura Beach

Col Jay, Geff Fleming and Keith Armstrong

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Nathaniel, Marie, Matilda and Amelia Traynor with Karen, Jasper, Max and Jaymz Motyka

Vern Drew and Jenny Calver

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Elsie-Jane and Richard Stanley with their best-dressed dog Sarge

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Reg and Marlene Forwood from Sydney

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

Moruya’s 2015 Citizen of the Year Kathy Shields and Moruya Rotary President Keith Armstrong.

Australia Day was celebrated with a barbecue, live music and games in Russ Martin Park at Moruya.

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Lower yield, but high hopes

BUSY: Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia executive director Ruth Wade is expecting another good year for crops, despite smaller water allocations.
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THE Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has predicted this year’s rice harvest in the MIA will be down on the 2014 crop.

Growers in the Leeton shire region are experiencing a crucial time for their crops in terms of weather conditions, but they have had mother nature on their side.

Humid days have assisted many of the rice crops in the region, with recent rain also helping the cause.

Last year around 700,000 tonnes of rice was harvested, but RGA executive director Ruth Wade believes it will be a lower number for the upcoming harvest.

“I don’t want to put a number on it this year because it’s hard to say,” Mrs Wade said.

“Growers have just 40 per cent of their water allocation this year, so not as many have put in as much rice as they would like.

“This year it will be all about the quality.

“It’s a critical period at the moment because temperatures need to be just right.

“It’s still going to be a decent year … prices are good.

“It’s not doom and gloom.”

Late last year SunRice chairman Gerry Lawson announced a price increase for growers that is now in place.

There has been a $20 increase to the full year paddy price, lifting it to at least $360 per tonne for medium grain and $490 per tonne for Koshihikari.

Mrs Wade said while growers may not have the biggest rice crops this year or have opted not to grow the product, the industry was looking positive.

“There’s generally a really positive feeling out there,” she said.

“The low water allocations is a problem, but growers are doing what they can with what they have.

“They are a resilient bunch and will hope for better allocations next year.

“I do know many have enjoyed good winter crops, so that’s good, but the general feeling out there is good.”

Mrs Wade said harvest would likely begin earlier this year, perhaps in late March.

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Top honour for dedicated surgeon

Dr Andrew Gatenby. Picture: Simon BennettWhile Australia Day might be time for a barbie, wearing patriotic attire and debating the Triple J Hot 100 List, it’s also the day to recognise the best and brightest of Australia society.
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One such bright spark is local medical expect Dr Andrew Gatenby.

On Monday, Dr Gatenby was named in the Order of Australia for his services to the field of medicine, specifically colorectal surgery, and to the community of the south west.

‘‘The honour has blown me away, I didn’t expect it at all,’’ he told the Advertiser.

‘‘It caught me completely by surprise.’’

Dr Gatenby was nominated by his colleagues for the honour, which was awarded to only 156 people across Australia this year.

The Mount Annan based surgeon, who will turn 70 next month, underplays his many achievements in the field and community, which include establishing colorectal services in Campbelltown and Camden hospitals, forming the South-West Colorectal Surgical Group in the 1990s, assisting in the development of Campbelltown Hospital as a teaching hospital in the 1980s, helping establish and serving on the council of Macarthur Anglican School (‘‘against all odds it’s now a successful and flourishing school’’), and developing Anglican churches in Narellan and Minto.

‘‘I thought I was just doing my god-given job to the best of my ability and touching the lives of people with bowel cancer,’’ Dr Gatenby said.

‘‘I’ve been passionate about providing the best type of medicine I can, doing what I do with the highest level of compassion and care that I can.

‘‘This award should be shared with a team of very good people that I’ve worked with; there are a whole lot of other people that have made great inroads to improving colorectal services in the area.

‘‘With a team approach we’ve improved the services in the south west quite a bit.

‘‘I think the award was only offered to me because I’ve been here for so many years!’’

Dr Gatenby said he was among the first in his field to recognise the benefits of treating bowel cancer with radiation and chemotherapy, and still works with patients on the early treatment of bowel cancer, though he is considering bringing his surgery days to an end.

Starting his career in Sydney Hospital, Dr Gatenby has practised in Tanzania and the UK before returning to Sydney and taking a position at Campbelltown Hospital in 1978.

‘‘At the time Macarthur was a very new community with lots of new people coming in, and I wanted to make a difference in the community — I’m proud to be involved in the Macarthur medical industry,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve seen the hospital grow over nearly 40 years, it has been very special.’’

Dr Gatenby lived in Leumeah for fifteen years before settling in Mount Annan, and describes himself as a ‘‘very proud Macarthur resident’’.

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Kaniva Car and Bike Show

IT’S less than two weeks until the 13th annual Kaniva Car and Bike Show.
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It will be held at the Kaniva Recreation Reserve from 9am to 4pm on February 7.

Organised by Kaniva Lions Club, the show has been a great success in the past, and it promises to be entertaining again this year.

Gate admission is $5 per person with children primary-school age and under admitted free.

All makes and models of cars, utes, and motorbikes are invited to enter one or more of the categories for individual vehicles.

Also contested will be the categories of overall People’s Choice Car or Ute, People’s Choice for Motorbike, and People’s Choice for the feature make for this year Holden. Vehicle clubs are also catered for as there is a “best club display” award.

There are several new events this year, including one for motorbikes under 100cc, including mini and pee-wee.

There will be plenty of activities and displays for the whole family at the show.

Visitors will have the chance to test their racing skills on two racing simulators.

Food will be no problem, with a choice from the barbecue or sandwiches and salad rolls.

There will be plenty of cold drinks at the canteen, hot coffee and cappuccinos from the coffee stall, as well as the bar provided by Kaniva/Leeor United Football Club (no BYO alcohol allowed at the show).

There will be the opportunity to win a lucky prize as the local Lions club will be conducting the only raffle at the show with multiple great prizes to be won.

All proceeds of this raffle will go towards a local community project.

This family day has proven itself a popular Wimmera event for the entertainment of locals and visitors alike.

Proceeds of the day go to the Kaniva Lions’ projects and the local club is grateful for the financial support from its 42 sponsors, the loan of facilities and equipment from local groups and individuals, and the labour on the day provided by community volunteers.

If you have any enquiries or you are interested in setting up a stall or entering a vehicle, contact Eddy Rowe on 0428 922 335 or [email protected]

Come along on February 7 and enjoy a great day.

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