Australia Day 2015: Irene Meek is Citizen of the Year

The 2015 Ararat Rural City Citizen of the Year Irene Meek. Picture: PETER PICKERINGA COMMUNITY leader known as the ‘glue in the mix’ has been awarded the Ararat Rural City Citizen of the Year at a ceremony in Alexandra Gardens yesterday as part of the Australia Day celebrations.

Mayor Cr Paul Hooper and Australia Day Ambassador Shane Hills from Koko Black, presented Lake Bolac’s Irene Meek the Ararat Rural City Citizen of the Year Award.

“This year the successful nomination for the Citizen of the Year Award goes to a very worthy resident of one of our rural communities for her outstanding commitment to the community over many years,” Cr Hooper said.

“She is dedicated and passionate about all things local. She came into the region as a young teacher and has since been very involved in the local community in being on quite a few committees. She has been president of a mixture of committees ranging from sporting to craft groups and continues to do so.

“Known as the glue in the mix, she is a leader in most clubs and also keeps the rural community engaged.”

Ararat Rural City’s director of assets, finances and corporate services Don Cole said many individuals and organisations have made an enormous contribution to help shape our wonderful nation.

“The Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Service of the Year Awards are presented to persons who have made a noteworthy contribution during the past year and have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years,” he said.

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