On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Congratulations to the 2017 Australia Day award winners:
Citizen of the Year: Grahame Old, for his work in preserving the history of Collie’s servicemen, especially those who served in the Great War.
Young Citizen of the Year: Brianna Harrison-Brown, for her many years of service to the Collie Community Radio station, as well as her involvement with the Anzac Tour Group and Bendigo Bank’s Magic Moments programme.
Community Group of the Year: Collie Heritage and Men’s Shed Group, for its ongoing contribution to the community including building a Monet-styled bridge for Our Community Garden, six benches for the recently opened Karak (Red Tail) Trail, benches for the Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool, and cleaning up tiles for the Donnybrook Cycle Race memorial.
Environmental Award: Megan Cain, for her commitment to keeping Wellington Weir and surrounding natural environment as litter free as possible.
Nominations for Sportsperson of the Year, Young Sportsperson of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Special Achievement Award will be advertised later in the year.
Community Small Grants Fund
Applications for the Shire’s small grants fund will be advertised when the next funding round is open. Recipients of grants from Round 2 in the 2016/17 financial year are:
Collie Eagles Football Club
Our Community Garden
Amaroo Primary School P&C
PCYC Small Grant
Pioneer Day Lodge