Australia Day 2020 in Rushworth
2020 Australia Day award winners in Campaspe
Outstanding local individuals and groups have been formally recognised and awarded at the 2020 Campaspe Shire Australia Day Awards.
A tireless Kyabram volunteer, an inspirational youth, an umpire and coach, a music festival, a Tongala arts group and a talented young sports star were named as award winners.
Campaspe Shire Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the awards are a great opportunity to honour committed individuals and groups in our community.
Awards were presented in the following categories:
- Citizen of the Year - Dale Denham (Kyabram)
- Young Citizen of the Year - Jasmin Malham (Rochester)
- Sportsperson of the Year - Cory Nexhip (Tongala)
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Olivia Cartwright (Kyabram)
- Community Event of the Year - Winter Blues Festival
- Arts Group of the Year - Tongala Street Art
“Campaspe is very fortunate to have many selfless and talented community members working hard and dedicating countless hours to increase opportunities and improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and we thank them all,” Cr Weston said.
“In addition to the winners and on behalf of Council and our community, congratulations to all who were nominated for the awards. Campaspe is lucky to have such inspiring and generous community members,” he added.
The Village Green was once again a popular venue for the Australia Day event. It was pleasing to see a good crowd made up of all ages enjoying the lovely summer evening.
Whilst the Lions Club cooked up a storm, the SES were kept busy with water and soft drinks and the True Country duo performed some popular toe tapping songs. The Rushworth Concert Band also played some memorable tunes. Both groups had many singing along.
Rhonda Risstrom, MC, welcomed Mayor Adrian Weston and the Australia Day ambassador, Alice Pung.
Mayor Adrian Weston talked about the importance of volunteers, in particular those in the emergency services who have and are still giving so much time and effort during the recent and ongoing bushfire crisis. Particularly those who travelled interstate to help. A minute’s silence was observed for fire fighters and residents who have lost their lives in those fires.
Ambassador Alice Pung (author, lawyer, lecturer) spoke about her life as an immigrant and growing up in the West Footscray/ Braybrook areas of Melbourne. Her parents fled the Killing Fields of Cambodia and came to Australia. Her mother was eight months pregnant at the time. Alice was the first baby born to Cambodian immigrants in Victoria. Alice talked at length about her family, particularly how they coped with and adapted to a new way of life, language and customs. In fact a complete reversal of all they knew. Having escaped their homeland horrors, Alice emphasised that even the worst conditions here were like living in paradise. Alice is a proud Aussie married with two children.
Gail Corner read a verse relevant to the recent fire and thanked her fellow Committee members, Peg Taylor, Mary Beck, Steve and Sue Gregory for their help and work.
Rhonda Risstrom read a unification poem.
No Waranga Awards
There were no awards presented in Waranga as no nominations were received this year.
While there are may be many in and around our town who deserve recognition, they must be nominated by their local community to be in the running.
Thanks go to locals and not so local who attended and made Australia Day in Rushworth a success.