The Adelong community saluted some of is champions as it celebrated Australia Day on Saturday.
Wagga Wagga MP Dr Joe McGirr addressed the good-sized crowd at the Adelong Services and Citizens Club to kick off proceedings.
“I remember being in Adelong on the day of the by election, and people weren’t happy to be voting,” he said.
“I was handing out flyers and people let me know what they thought I could do with them. However, you have so many people that give in this community, and this is what makes it so great.”
Dr McGirr said that the increasing debate over having January 26 as Australia Day had been good, that he understood it caused distress to some and that it was something that could be thrashed out further in the future.
Moira-June Avery received a Service to the Community award, her citation reading “Moira-June Avery (known as June Avery) is one of Adelong’s stalwarts for her generosity and volunteering in all facets of our community over many years. She deserves to be recognised for her valued contribution.
“She supports Adelong Preschool, St Joseph’s School, Adelong Public School, Adelong Rural Fire Service, Can Assist, SMART and the Adelong Men’s Shed and many others over the years.”
Also receiving a Service to the Community award was Hannah Speers.
“Hannah has an extensive list of involvement with the community and always does her work with pride and with great organisation,” her citation reads.
“In between all her activities and commitments Hannah is a beautiful mum and works full time at Elders.”
Rowena Carey also was honoured with a Service to the Community award.
“Rowena has been a member of VIEW for considerable time, including as treasurer for over eleven years,” her citation reads. “She has assisted with arranging and catering for Australia Day ceremonies with VIEW.
“Rowena serves the community of Adelong in a quiet and unassuming manner and her willingness to give of her time and talents is an example to all.”
The citation of Service to the Community Award winner Fiona Matthews reads “Fiona, as part of both the Adelong Progress Association and also as a committed community member has tirelessly coordinated, drafted, consulted and submitted a number of grant applications benefitting the Adelong community.
“She is an inspiration to those in community groups and not-for-profits who can see through her efforts that great things can be achieved by working together in the community.”
Amanda King’s Service to the Community Award citation reads “Mandy is an extremely kind and selfless person, volunteering so much of her time, to both Adelong Public School and also within the Adelong community.
“Mandy often lends her time to other areas of the community too, she is a member of the volunteer group that fundraise and donate profits back to the community. She lends her support to many other organisations and is often seen at events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
The Adelong Services and Citizens Volunteer Group won another of the well-earned Service to the Community awards, and had many members there to receive it.
“This group of ladies give up their time to cater for wakes at the Adelong S and C Club,” the citation reads.
This group of ladies go beyond the call of duty to provide such special days for the loss of loved ones in the community. They also have the Biggest Morning Cup of Tea for Cancer Council and are a deserving group of individuals caring for the community of Adelong and beyond.”
Ronan Crain and Lily Rosetta were named Young Citizens of the Year.
“Ronan has demonstrated a high level of leadership as Vice-Captain of Adelong Public School in 2018. He has taken his role seriously with a high level of responsibility. He has been a great role model for his fellow peers and readily takes on the role of supporting the younger students across the school.”
“Lily has developed a high level of leadership qualities since taking on the role of Vice-Captain at Adelong Public School in 2018. Her confidence in public speaking has improved immensely.
“Lily is also a great sportsperson and has represented her school in swimming, athletics and hockey, the latter of which she also made the Riverina team. She displays great sportsmanship and team work.”