Residents of the Coorong District Council area are today acknowledged for their work in their communities at several Australia Day ceremonies.
Tintinara is hosting an Aussie breakfast from 8am to 9.30am at the Tintinara Health and Recreation Centre.
Meningie is holding its twenty-fifth annual Fun Run and Australia Day Breakfast from 7.30am to 12 noon at the Cheese Factory.
While Tailem Bend is holding its presentation from 12-1pm at the Coorong Civic Centre Chambers.
The 2017 Australia Day Ambassador Paul Rosenzweig will attend and speak at each event.
Mayor Neville Jaensch said he is proud of all of the winners today.
“Obviously, our three major ones are exceptionally well deserving, they are major contributors to their communities,” he said.
“They continue to be local heroes that deserve recognition.”
Tailem Bend Citizen of the Year
Long-term Tailem Bend resident Nancy Daykin has been awarded Citizen of the Year for her entertainment efforts for the community.
Ms Daykin has put on many events for the town and has been involved with many projects through Tailem Bend Singers, Tailem Bend Music Hall and community Christmas carols.
She has lived within the district for more than 50 years and been on many committees throughout her years.
Ms Daykin said she was quite surprised to learn she had won.
“He (Mayor Jaensch) said congratulations, I said ‘what for?’, I said I haven’t done anything for five years, but he told me everything I had done over the years had not been forgotten,” she said.
Her long list of achievements and willingness to have a go had contributed to the vibrancy of the town.
Meningie Citizen of the Year
Lesley Fischer has been named Meningie’s Citizen of the Year after her continued and consistent contribution to her community through her volunteer work and as an advocate for the Coorong and Lower Lakes.
Over the years, she has focused her attention on matters affecting the Lakes and Coorong which has proved beneficial for all that rely on the waterways.
Ms Fischer has an extremely long list of organisations she has been a part of, including the Meningie and Narrung Lakes Irrigators Association. Lower Lakes and Coorong Infrastructure Committee, Murray Darling Association Region Six, the Meningie Progress Association, River and Coorong Action Group as well as the Menigie Area School Council and various sporting clubs in the area.
She has been described as a strong, genuine and community-minded person who has led and motivated the community of the history and ecology if the Lower Lakes.
Tintinara Citizen of the Year
This year’s recipient of the Tintinara Citizen of the Year was Charlie Allen, for his strong presence in various community organisations.
He has been a part of the Tintinara Bowling Club and Football Club, providing services including timekeeping, gate-keeping and managing teams.
Mr Allen is a Life Member of the Tintinara Hall and has given more than 50 years of service to the Community Men’s Shed, the Colebatch Community Fire Service (CFS) and the Tintinara Lions Club.
He has been known to have a ‘can-do’ attitude which has benefited the community in a large number of ways.
Mr Allen has been identified as a role model thanks to his willingness to support local initiatives when he can and through his commitment to work hard.
The 2017 Australia Day Mayoral Award has been presented to Meningie resident Marianne Cunneen for her continued service to the community.
Highlighted in 2016 was her ongoing work for the Meningie 150 Year celebrations which was a huge success to the town and wider district.
Ms Cunneen has made a positive impact in her community through her many years of volunteering for countless community events and projects.