Citizens of the Year, waving for wellbeing and a dance in a lightning storm: Inspirational people of 2017

Twenty seventeen was a year for inspirational people.


26: The Murraylands' outstanding citizens – including Graham Hallandal of Murray Bridge, Nancy Darkin of Tailem Bend, Lesley Fischer of Meningie and Margaret Size of Karoonda – were recognised on Australia Day.


9: Bill Andrews, of Murray Bridge, spoke about his long road to recovery from what was believed to be a flesh-eating virus he contacted in the River Murray.

18: A garage sale raised $6000 for Murray Bridge woman Jacqui Clarke, whose life took a drastic turn when she contracted meningococcal.

24: The body of World War I digger Miller Mack was returned to Ngarrindjeri country at Raukkan.


2: Several dozen people broke out of the cycle of unemployment through a program called Jobs 4 Murraylands, which went on to win a number of awards.

14: Tyler Lange, a motocross rider from the Riverland, lost his life after crashing during the state championships at Monarto.


13: Murray Bridge-born actress Danielle Catanzariti shot to stardom in Channel Nine TV show Love Child.

15: Peter Squires started Tailem Bend's popular "wave for wellbeing" campaign.


9: Murray South East became the first team to win football's SA Country Championships at home in Murray Bridge.

13: Murray Bridge teenager Gracie Ayers vowed to raise $3000 for the family of her friend Brooke Minks, dying from cystic fibrosis, by shaving her head. Brooke's final wish later proved to be the gift of a front yard full of purple roses for her family.


9: Imperials' Olivia Scholz won her seventh River Murray Netball Association best and fairest award.

11: Meningie's Brodie Martin won The Standard Medal as the River Murray Football League's outstanding player.


6: Peter Smithson stepped down as CEO after 40 years of service to the Karoonda East Murray council.


23: Murray Bridge cricketer Annie O'Neil spoke about her signing with the Adelaide Strikers.

28: Murray Bridge's Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was picked up by Essendon in the AFL draft.


7: A video of Dougal Stallman dancing atop a header during a lightning storm became an online hit.


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