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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.
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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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