Barossa, Light and Gawler Australia Day AwardsPhotos

Barossa, Light and Gawler Australia Day Awards | Photos Barossa Australia Day Awards. From left, Dav Phuah, Sandy Rasnus and Stuart Rusted were inducted as Australian Citizens.

Barossa Australia Day Awards. From left Valerie Pellowe, Sandra Caveney, Mauren Dunkeld, Eileen Strachan, Pat Lean and Lesley Anderson from the Lyndoch Red Cross group were awarded Community Event of the Year.

Barossa Australia Day Awards. Williamstown couple, Glen and Lyn Venning were awarded the Citzen of the Year award for selfless and largely unacknowledged actions thathave enriched the lives of those in the Southern Barossa community. From left, Stephan Knoll, Member for Schubert, Steve Kaesler, runner up for Citizen of the Year, Lyn and Glen Venning, Citizen’s of the Year and Bob Sloane, Barossa Mayor.

Barossa Australia Day Awards. From left, Stephan Knoll, Member for Schubert, Nathan Bruhn, Young Citizen of the Year and Bob Sloane, Barossa Mayor.

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Light Regional Council Australia Day Awards.

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TweetFacebookBarossa CouncilTwo community groups, a couple and an individual were recognised for all the hard work they do for their local community at the annual Australia Day Awards for the Barossa Council.

Glen and Lyn Venning of Williamstown were awarded the Citizen of the Year award for the tireless work they have done in the Williamstown community.

The pair are both heavily involved with the community owned, Abbeyfield Aged Care facility, and during the recent Sampson Flat bushfire they helped evacuate all the residents of the facility.

Both Glen and Lyn’s commitment to Abbeyfield extends after hours where they volunteer, organising sing along sessions and other community events. Other groups to benefit from the contribution of Glen and Lyn include the Queen Victoria Jubilee Park Committee, CFS, and Kersbrook Church of Christ.

Glen is the ‘master of ceremonies’ for nearly every Williamstown community event, including Vintage Festival town days, the Christmas Parade and the Community Christmas Carols and his MC duties now extend to the Gawler Relay for Life for the last three years.

“I would like to congratulate all those that were nominated for the award,” Glen said. “I would also like to give thanks to our parents. They have been great examples for us.

“The way they served the community gave us a great path to follow.”

“I would also like to say thank you to all that believed in us and supported us,” Lyn added.

Also humble to win an award at the Barossa Council Australia Day ceremony was Nathan Bruhn who won the Young Citizen of the Year award. Nathan has been heavily involved with the Eudunda Show, as a committee member, and through organising the 2013 Ute Muster and providing music and entertainment.

He is the founder of NM Entertainment, based in the Barossa. Nathan co-ordinates community focused concerts, including the popular bi-monthly Eudunda Rocks. Eudunda Rocks is a showcase of local musicians and performers, with the primary focus being on uncovering and nurturing the talents of the local community. Eudunda Rocks raises money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Heart Kinds and the local Eudunda Club.

Community Event of the Year award went to the Lyndoch Red Cross for their 75th birthday celebration and the centenary of Red Cross in Australia celebration, both of which were held on Sunday, September 21.

The Lions Club of Angaston & Districts, Sturt Highway Driver Reviver project was awarded Community Project of the Year.

The road safety initiative has been operational for over 20 years and is the only community service activity in the Barossa Valley that involves all recognised service clubs, including Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Soroptomists.

Operating on all major long weekends and through the year the initiative aims to help save lives by encouraging drivers to take a break.

Member for Schubert, Stephan Knoll congratulated all the winners and said it is good that the awards recognise people that do good in the community.

Light Regional CouncilTHE Greenock Village Community Association not only took out the honours for this year’s Light Regional Council’s Community Event of the Year award for their efforts in the 2014 Tour Down Under event, they also hosted this year’s Australia Day breakfast.

In front of a large crowd at Centenary Park, Greenock, Mayor of Light Regional Council welcomed many new Australians to the Light region in a citizenship ceremony and presented the award winners with their Australia Day certificates.

2015 Light Regional Council Citizen of the Year award winner Joy Heintze of Greenock was proud as she received her award from Mayor O’Brien and ended her thank you speech with an ‘Aussie, Aussie Aussie’ catch-cry with the crowd responding with ‘oi oi oi’.

Joy said, “It’s great being an Australian and thanked Margaret Linke for nominating her.”

“I enjoy being able to help the elderly citizens in the region keep connected with the community through events such as day-trips and tours,” she said.

2015 Young Citizen of the Year Award winner Allana Danby was emotional in receiving her award.

Allana said, “I would like to thank Kathy Ryan for nominating me. I would also like to thank the Kapunda families and others in the community who supported me in my first year of running my new dance company Funke Feet and thank everyone for being here today to celebrate with me.”

Virginia Armstrong, member of the Greenock Village Community Association received the Australia Day award on behalf of her hard working committee.

Virginia said, “I would like to thank the Light Regional Council for their support with the events run by the committee. I would also like to thank my committee members and the people of Greenock for supporting the Tour Down Under event and the many other events run by our group.”

The morning continued on with a scrumptous bacon and egg burger breakfast prepared by volunteers and members of the Greenock Village Community Association.

Town of GawlerThe annual Gawler Australia Day Breakfast was a raging success on Monday, with another “full house”.

As per usual, people dressed for the occasion, with a range of clothing and accessories to celebrate the day.

Sponsored by the Apex Club of Gawler and the Town of Gawler Council, the breakfast was a big hit, with not only locals but visitors from far and wide – including several from interstate.

With tummies full and friendships renewed, the Australia Day awards commenced, with the captain of One Tree Hill CFS Tom Walsh giving a poignant Australia Day message, honouring the way the community got behind the recent bushfire effort.

Australia Day ambassador Wayne Anthoney gave an interesting address on his time in central Australia, and the plight of indigenous Australians from 1888 to the present day.

The citizen ceremony saw in excess of two dozen people take the “affirmation” from the stage, then get presented with their certificates and a gift bag by Mayor Karen Redman.

“Affirmation cards are an intrinsic part of Australia Day and I encourage participants to reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen,” the mayor said.

The Gawler community event of the year was International Women’s Day, while Gawler Girl Guides was named as the group of the year.

Gawler Youth Advisory Council president Ashlee Jensen was named the Gawler young citizen of the year.

In her acceptance speech, she encouraged the community to “Keep giving young people opportunities, so they can shine.”

The final award was made to the Gawler citizen of the year, Brian Thom (pictured), for his hard work over many years serving the town.

“I dedicate this award to all the fire-fighters at the recent Sampson Flat bushfire,” Mr Thom said.

“Secondly I would also like to dedicate it to my wife Bev, and members of the Gawler History Team.

“You often hear people talk about ‘making a difference’ in communities. I would encourage people to ‘make a positive difference’ to the community.

“For people over 18, get involved with groups such as Apex, and perhaps for younger people, get behind the skate park and form a ‘friends of’, to help look after the facility.

“There are so many hard-working people in the community, and, as for Gawler, it is the best place to live in.”

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Basketball’s rising stars shine at junior classic

FIRED UP: Rebecca Kellett in action during the basketball tournament at the Bendigo Stadium. Picture: PETER WEAVINGABOUT 5000 players, coaches, parents and officials took part in the Skin Ski N Surf Junior Classic tournament in Bendigo over the past three days.

The annual tournament culminated in grand final deciders for both the boys and girls divisions on Australia Day at Bendigo Stadium.

Several junior Bendigo Braves teams won through to finals.

The under-20 boys title ended in a dramatic 30-29 win for Bendigo Braves against Melton.

The Braves won the under-18 boys final against Warrnambool, 52-35.

Bendigo’sunder-12A boys team defeated theSouthern Peninsula Sharks 35 to 31 in the grand final.

Jacob Nihill scored 13 points in the win, Liam O’Brien scored 10.

In the under-14A boys competition theBendigo Braves had a big win against the Warrnambool Seahawks, winning 48 to 26.

The Bendigo Braves won a tight contest against the Ballarat Rush, 38 to 32 in the under-16A girls.

Fresh from the under-16 Australian Country Basketball Championships,Laura Anderson starred for the Braves with 11 points.

Danielle O’Toole and Jessie Rennie scored seven points each.

The Ballarat Rush prove too strong,defeatingthe Bendigo Braves 20 to 11 in the under-12B girls final.

Jayda Drummond scored seven points for the Braves.

Other wins for Bendigo included the under-16 girls B, 35-25 againt Melton.

The under-14 girls B final ended in a 38-14 win for Bendigo (2) against Echuca.

To see more photos from the tournament visit the Bendigo Advertiser website.

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Australia Day Shellharbour style

Shellharbour City residents recognised

Xavier Andrew, Jacob March and Gabriel Andrew enjoy celebrations. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

SHELLHARBOUR City Council’s Australia Day celebrations have again proved popular, with hundreds of people turning out to mark the occasion.

Australian flags, beach shelters, eskies and folding chairs dotted Reddall Reserve for the annual Breakfast By The Lake, which had everything from motor sports, live music, theatre performances, creative artistic sessions, competitions and games.

The morning also saw the presentation of the council’s Citizen and Young Citizen of The Year Awards and a citizenship ceremony, in which 15 Shellharbour City residents officially become citizens.

Shellharbour’s Australia Day ambassador for 2015, TV and film actor Nicholas Bishop, said Australia Day is an occasion to celebrate what makes-up the Australian persona.

‘‘When I’m asked what these qualities are, I believe that that the Australian persona is one of openness, honesty, charm and certainly dedication to hard work,’’ he said.

‘‘This lies in the heart and soul of all Australians, it is there in the Australian sense of humour which is satiric and full of wit and irony.

‘‘Australia Day means so many things to all of us, but for me it is really about a day to stand up and be proud of not only who we are, but what we have.

‘‘This country is full of culture and diversity and we are full of open minded people, hard working people.’’

Throsby MP Stephen Jones said while Australia Day is an important celebration, it was important to acknowledge Australia’s history past European settlement.

‘‘We belong to a country and a culture of over 40, 000 years, a country and a culture that has existed continuously for longer than any other culture on earth,’’ he said.

‘‘We as European or Australians of non Aboriginal background join with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in sharing their culture and saying we are so very, very proud of it. ‘‘In 2015 we should renew our efforts to ensure we fix up some of the things we didn’t get right 200 years ago when we drafted our first constitution by recognising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our nation’s founding document.’’

Shellharbour mayor Marrianne Saliba said the day was a special one, especially for those who received their citizenship.

‘‘It’s always great day here and it’s great to see so many people here today,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the things that always moves me is the citizenship ceremony, I received my citizenship in 1974 and it reminds me of that and how big a step it is to be considered a citizen of our country.’’

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On the Bulga

No fear of fire on soggy Oz daySTRAIGHT after I finish writing this column I’m taking the family to Ellenborough falls to have a sausage sandwich and a chat with out fearless and fabulous bush fire brigade members. There’s a certain irony involved when the fire brigade’s fundraising Australia Day sausage sizzle is hosted in such wet conditions, but at least they can be sure they won’t be called out to a blaze. May I take this opportunity to praise their dedication and hard work, and to remind all rural readers that donations to your local bush fire brigade are always welcome and very well-earned. I hope that they get home in time to listen to Triple J’s hottest one hundred, which may or may not include a certain song by Taylor Swift.

School resumes for the yearEXHAUSTED parents who have spent the past six weeks chauffeuring children to sleep overs, movies and swims are breathing a collective sigh of relief as book packs are bought and schoolbags are re-packed for yet another year of learning. Here on the Bulga we have a couple of students up for the HSC this year, and there are a few new enrolments at Elands Public. Welcome to the new children, and best of luck to those facing the HSC.

Jai returns from GermanyLOCAL lad Jai Harrison has returned from a very exciting trip to Germany over the holidays, when he caught up with his grandparents who were all too happy to cram a year of spoiling into six weeks. Jai travelled with his Mum Connie and her partner, and reportedly had a wonderful time. He was, however, very happy to return to his girlfriend Grace, and the musical pair wasted no time getting back into the swing of things, performing two gigs on Australia Day as their popular duo “Sweet Nothin”. The busy pair performed at the Manning Entertainment Centre for Australia Day celebrations and then moved on to the Top pub in Wingham to entertain punters in the afternoon. Welcome back Jai. We look forward to hearing tales of your travels soon.

Rhonda and Made’s trip delayedHERE in Elands we were all looking forward to catching up with ex-Elander Rhonda Jones, who had planned to visit from abroad this week with her Balinese husband Made. Unfortunately Made has fallen ill and so the Bulga reunion will have to wait until he’s fit to travel. This news must have been particularly frustrating for host Jane Watson who has cleaned her house to within an inch of it’s life. We may have to devise a roster of local visitors so that Jane’s magnificent housekeeping may be truly appreciated and admired.

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2015 Triple J Hottest 100: which songs will top the iconic music list?

2015 Triple J Hottest 100: which songs will top the iconic music list? Hilltop Hoods

Vance Joy

Peking Duk

Chet Faker

Glass Animals



Ed Sheeran

Alt J

TweetFacebookAccording to their lists there’s a host of artists in contention, with Chet Faker, Peking Duck andHilltop Hoods among the favourites.

Will Cosby Sweater, Talk is Cheap or Stolen Dance take top billing? Only time will tell.

We’d love to hear your input as well.

Vote for your choice in the following poll and/or submit your top five predictions in the comments section below the story.

All right, enough stalling: here’s our Fairfax Media “expert” opinions:

1.High – Peking Duk (video below)

2.Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

3.Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

4.Gooey – Glass Animals

5.Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

1. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods (video below)

2. 1989 – Chet Faker

3. High – Peking Duk

4. King and Cross – Asgeir

5. Do I Wanna Know You – Chvches

1. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

2. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

3. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (video below)

5. Shake it off – Taylor Swift

1. High – Peking Duk

2. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

3. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance (video below)

4. Take Me Over – Peking Duk

5. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

1. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

2. Left Hand Free – Alt J (video below)

3. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

4. Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

5. West Coast – James Vincent McMorrow

1.Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker (video below)

2.High – Peking Duck

3.1989 – Chet Faker

4.Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

5.Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods

1. Take me to Church – Hozier (video below)

2. Mess is Mine – Vance Joy

3. Talk is Cheap – Chet Faker

4. Tightrope – Illy

5. Chandelier – Sia

Do you agree or disagree with these lists? We’d love to hear from you, so please submit your comments and alternative lists in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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