THE TAMAR VALLEY is home to many community minded individuals and organisations who put their communities first. Australia Day awards are a cornerstone for community celebration around the country and this is no different for members of the West Tamar and George Town municipal areas.
The West Tamar Council official ceremony was held at the Windsor Community Precinct and welcomed fifteen new Australian citizens from the United Kingdom, United States, Tanzania, India and Ghana.
Citizen of the year was awarded to Frances Graham for a lifetime of volunteering, providing services and continuously giving back to the community within the West Tamar municipality.
Young Citizen of the Year was award to Josh Partridge for contributions to youth activities and services in the West Tamar, sporting achievements, focus and building awareness of mental health in sport, as well as playing an active part in the Youth Advisory Council since 2012.
Young sportsperson of the Year was awarded to Hayley Older for her achievements with junior Netball, Northern Tasmanian Netball Association, State League Netball and Netball Tasmania, as well as the countless hours of support Hayley provides to her local sporting clubs.
Community Group of the Year was awarded to Neighbourhood Watch (Riverside) for the ongoing support and services provided to the community.
Community Event of the Year was awarded to St Anthony’s Fireworks Night 2019 for brining a family friendly, affordable community building event to the West Tamar.
Mayor Christina Holmdahl said “The West Tamar Council Australia Day Awards recognise those in our community who have made outstanding contributions to our municipality. They come from all walks of life and give selflessly, often over a number of years. On behalf of the West Tamar Council and everyone in our community, I thank them most sincerely for their contributions”.
George Town Council celebrated Australia Day 2020 with our Awards Ceremony which saw a highly regarded citizen, a local community organisation, and a community radio station all receive Australia Day Awards and the welcoming of eight new Australian Citizens.
Jason Orr was awarded with Citizen of the Yearfull of energy, Jason is not the sort of person to sit back and let someone else do the work. He volunteers his time freely – he wears many hats through his association with the East Tamar Landcare Group, George Town Coastal Communities Action Group, George Town Destination Action Plan Leadership Group, and is the Lulworth representative on the George Town Safety Committee. In all of these roles, Jason gives 100% commitment and devotes much of his time and resources.
Community event of the year was awarded to Soroptimist International of George Town – International Women’s Day Breakfast Soroptimist International of George Town was established in 1982 and has always recognised the need for young people to be engaged in the education system and sports, which enables them to realise their potential and become future leaders in our community.
They are a small Club, but nevertheless have aproud record of serving both the local community and international communities.
In 2019, they held their inaugural International Women’s Day Breakfast. This very successful event was attended by 150 members of the community (both men and women), with guest speaker Jo Palmer.
Whilst the event was held primarily to give the community the opportunity to come together to celebrate International Women’s Day, it was also an opportunity to raise the profile of this very dedication community organisation.
Accepting the award was President, Mrs Nora Wood The community recognition award went to Tamar FM 95.3 The crucial ethos of the existence of Tamar FM is to serve the community as a voice that ensures information is heard by as many listeners within our community and the northern region.
Apart from the brilliant broadcasts heard each day, the volunteer team at Tamar FM assist the community at local events with live broadcasting, provide work placements for students way, and importantly work with all levels of the community to promote our region and tourism.
Accepting the award was TamarFM President, Warwick Eldridge.
Mayor Greg Kieser said “I am truly excited to be conducting my first Citizenship Ceremony as Mayor of George Town Council. It is just over 20 years since I undertook my citizenship ceremony in Sydney. It has taken me the past two decades to actually understand what my citizenship means to me. From a multicultural prospective, Australia unites varying ethnicities giving us the opportunity to join and respect common values that make us proud of not only of being Australians, but calling Australia, Tasmania home”