Community Members and Groups Recognised on Australia Day
Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 10:45
This Australia Day, Council hosted its annual Citizen Awards Ceremony in the Botanic Park, where a community member, a group and an event were recognised for their positive impacts on the community.
Announcing the winners at the ceremony, Mayor Mark Holcombe acknowledged how fortunate the Shire is to have such passionate residents who make significant contributions to our community.
This year, Gill Belle was named Mansfield Shire’s Citizen of the Year for her support of and dedication to the community.
“Gill gives a tremendous amount of support to local artists, artisans and food producers,” Mayor Mark Holcombe said.
Gill is also a board member of the Mansfield District Hospital, and has been so for the past 8 years. As a board member, she is actively involved in fundraising efforts and chairs the Governance, Nominations and Executive Performance Committee.
The Community Event of the Year was received by the Jamieson Community Group for the Fanny Lumsden Country Halls Concert.
“There was a significant advertising and fundraising campaign to get the event up and running,” Mayor Cr Holcombe said.
The concert generated a profit of over $15,000 which has funded maintenance works on the Jamieson Memorial Hall.
The new Community Group or Organisation award, which seeks to recognise the service provided by a volunteer group, was awarded to Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS).
“MASS offers such a broad range of services, and has seen enormous growth in both capacity and demand,” Mayor Holcombe said.
“Their expansion project, Operation Gamechanger, will generate 130 local jobs and double the organisations capacity to deliver.”
The award recipients were selected by a judging panel consisting of Mayor Mark Holcombe, Cr Steve Rabie and Cr James Tehan, as well as last year’s award winners, Noel Willaton (Senior Citizen of the Year), Peter Coffey (Citizen of the Year) and Rory Jenkins (Young Citizen of the Year).
“When judging the awards, I was really impressed at the dedication shown by our nominees and what they, individually and collectively, contribute to strengthen our community,” Mayor Holcombe said.
“It is the people who put up their hands and give their time and energy generously who help to make Mansfield Shire such a wonderful place to live.”