The voice of the Tumut region, Dave Eisenhauer, was named our Citizen of the Year at today’s Australia Day awards ceremony in Tumut.
Mr Eisenhauer is the manager of Sounds of the Mountains and was responsible for setting up the community radio station some 16 years ago.
He combines on-air hosting with management, technical and teaching roles within the station and on most days he’s at the Capper Street studio working in some capacity to ensure the community is up to date.
His vast industry experience lends Sounds of the Mountains a professionalism which most community radio stations can only envy.
He plays a vital role in times of emergency, something that has come to the fore over the past half a dozen years as the region has endured historic flooding and some large-scale bushfires.
A member of the Local Emergency Management Committee, he is also involved in the community as a regular master of ceremonies at events.
Mr Eisenhauer said he was surprised and honoured to receive the award, humbly deflecting attention away from himself to show his appreciation for the region’s support.
“The people of the community are what makes any community radio station and that’s certainly the case at Sounds of the Mountains,” Mr Eisenhauer said.
“We have huge support across the district, particularly in times of emergencies, but that’s by no means all.
“We’re now in our 16th year on air and the radio station is a team effort. It has been from the start.
“I see this award as a shared reward for the community.”
Other citizen of the year nominees were Jackie Nicholes, Bruce Giles, Dr Osman Darwiche and Colin Akers.
The Stockwell Gardens ceremony recognized a raft of outstanding achievers who have contributed to the community.
Josh Veitch, a dedicated member of the Tumut Youth Council, was named our Young Citizen of the Year.
Dr Osman Darwiche received the Service to Community Award, while the history-making mixed netball state champions from Tumut Public were the sporting team of the year.
Bruce Giles, who competed in the world transplant games this year, was named senior sportsperson of the year, and talented horse rider Catelin Crawford was presented with the junior sportsperson trophy.
Rugby union powerhouse Tara Arnall received a sporting achievement award as did the Tumut Public School girls basketball team.
Service to the community awards went to Leah Ferguson, Greg Kabar, Andrew James, the Lions Club of Tumut, Mr Eisenhauer and Col Akers.
Leading television writer and producer Peter Herbert delivered an entertaining address and Len Connolly gave the welcome to country and a stirring message about unity.