Australia day award winners in Karoonda district

Two dedicated local women were recognised at today’s Australia Day Awards celebration for the District Council of Karoonda East Murray area.

HARD YARDS: Karoonda resident and Young Citizen of the Year this Australia Day, Heidi Marchant, sheering sheep on her family farm.

HARD YARDS: Karoonda resident and Young Citizen of the Year this Australia Day, Heidi Marchant, sheering sheep on her family farm.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Karoonda resident Margaret Size was named Citizen of the Year for her many contributions to the local community.

Over the Years, she has been involved with ANZAC Day celebrations and heavily involved with collation of names for the new Honour Rolls at the Memorial Gates in Karoonda.

She is a member of the Memorabilia Building Advisory Group that will be developed along Railway Terrace and is a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

She also contributed to the Karoonda Centenary Celebrations, is on the School Library Board, and was a member of Council for more than 20 years.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Wool buyer and Karoonda Farm Fair Committee member Heidi Marchant was named Young Citizen of the Year for her commitment to improving her small town.

The 26-year-old lives in the heart of town, but spends many hours on her family farms just outside of Karoonda.

Heidi is the minutes keeper for the Farm Fair, sits on numerous sub committees and is a player and the secretary for the Murraylands Basketball Association.

She said her aim was to keep the town moving.

“I love this town but there are not enough young people helping out,” she said. “You gotta make time for your town and your people.”

With plans in the works, Heidi has been active in securing the Ponderosa Park and Play development in Karoonda and submitting grants for the town.

COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Celebrating a centenary of racing, the Mindarie-Halidon Races turned 100 last year and was awarded Community Event of the Year this Australia Day.

The ‘Melbourne Cup of the Mallee’ held its 100th racing event on Sunday, September 11.