Australia Day 2020 awards in West Wimmera Shire

Feb 04, 2020 News

Outstanding volunteer and community groups in West Wimmera Shire were recognised on Sunday as part of the 2020 Australia Day celebrations.

Council presented awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year, and Community Event of the Year at Australia Day events across the shire.

Longstanding and dedicated Harrow volunteer Ron Penrose was awarded Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Bruce Meyer said Mr Penrose was an outstanding community contributor, who was never afraid to lend a hand.

"He has volunteered countless hours of his time to assist many groups in the Harrow community," he said.

"He is well known in the community for his commitment as a volunteer actor in the Harrow Sound and Light Show, which he has been doing for more than 20 years."

Mr Penrose is also a long-serving volunteer at the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre, Harrow Fire Brigade, Harrow Uniting Church and the Harrow Promotion and Development Group.

He also mentors young people, teaches art classes, is a community bus driver and assists with school holiday camps and activities.

Goroke A&P Society president Tyler Hayden was awarded Young Citizen of the Year.

"At just 19, Tyler is the youngest president in the society's history, and probably one of the youngest A&P society presidents in the state," Cr Meyer said.

"He is an extremely dedicated and motivated young person, who isn't afraid to get involved wherever he can.

"He sets a great example to other young people in the shire and has shown a willingness to work and help out from a very young age."

Tyler is also involved in the Goroke Apex and the Border Districts Football Club.

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The 2020 Community Group of the Year award was presented to Kaniva and District Progress Association.

The group has had an exciting 12 months, leading the way on high profile community projects.

"The group took on developing Sheep Art in Kaniva, which has had a transformative effect on the town and has created interested from visitors across the country," Cr Meyer said.

"The project is entirely created and funded by the community and has helped renew business confidence and attract new residents."

The 2019 Goroke Rodeo was named the West Wimmera Shire Community Event of the Year.

The event, which was on the long weekend in March, attracted people from all over and provided great family entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

The success of the event was thanks to the enormous contribution by the committee and the wider community.

"We commend all of the award winners for their selfless and proactive contribution to our local community," Cr Meyer said.

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