Jan 29, 2019 News

West Wimmera Shire Council presented four Australia Day 2019 Awards today, during Australia Day celebrations around the Shire.

"I am delighted to announce that Alan Miles is our Citizen of the Year for 2019" said Mayor Jodie Pretlove.

"Alan lives in Serviceton and is a long standing community contributor" said Mayor Pretlove.

Over the years Alan has used his specific trade skills to assist local building projects, and has contributed to a wide range of community organisations. He spent 42 years as Groundskeeper at the Serviceton Bowling Club, and remains active to this day.

"Justin Merrett is our Young Citizen of the Year" said Mayor Pretlove. "Justin also lives in Serviceton, and is currently undertaking a Certificate in Agriculture at Longerenong Agricultural College".

Both Awards were presented at the Kaniva Australia Day Event.

"This year in the Community Event of the Year Award category we have joint winners" said Mayor Pretlove. "The theme of both events was the 150th Anniversary of Australia's First XI Indigenous Cricket Team's Tour to England in 1868".

The Edenhope Tourism Committee staged commemoration events over the Easter Long Weekend last year, in Edenhope and Lake Bringalbert. The Harrow-based First XI of 1868 Inc Steering Committee organised the First XI Legends Concert, held on the banks of the Glenelg River in Harrow on the Labour Day long weekend.

These awards were presented to their respective committees today in Edenhope and Harrow.

"We commend all of today's award winners for their selfless and proactive contribution to our local community" said Mayor Pretlove.

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