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Marlene Pearce named Tumut Shire Citizen of the Year

Tumut Shire Citizen of the Year Marlene Pearce had her children, daughter and son in law and many lively grandchildren with her to celebrate her win.
Tumut Shire Citizen of the Year Marlene Pearce had her family with her to celebrate her win.

Proud Tumut Shire residents congregated at Stockwell Gardens for the annual Australia Day awards ceremony this morning. Treated to delightful Australian-themed tunes by Tumut Town Band and Sing Australia, residents enjoyed a bite to eat and a chat with friends and family before the ceremony got underway.

Tumut Shire Council mayor Sue Bulger opened the event with a Welcome to Country before 1st Tumut Scouts raised the Australian flag and the national anthem was sung. A thought-provoking address by Australia Day ambassador Hugh Mackay AO followed, before attendees eagerly awaited the announcement of awards winners.

Citizen of the Year went to Marlene Pearce and young citizen to Chelsea Jacobson.

Individuals and teams who received awards follow, together with their citations:

Citizen of the Year

Marlene Pearce

Marlene has a commitment to ensuring that the Adelong community is a vibrant place. She has given many hours to the Adelong Show Society, the Adelong Treasure Chest (Op Shop), and spent time on countless street stalls.

Marlene was an active member of the Adelong P&C committee event after her children had left the school and is now a member of the Adelong Progress Association, the Visy Community Consultative Committee and the Adelong Alive Museum.

Marlene has been involved in many beautification projects within Adelong and surrounds including Adelong Falls Walk, revegetation of the Adelong Creek, rejuvenation of the Tennis Clubhouse. Marlene also regularly cleans the Anglican Church and tends to their garden, and provides transport for those who need it. Marlene truly demonstrates the saying ‘that every little bit counts’.

Achievement Awards

Laine Burnett

Laine has been Manager of New 2 U the Anglicare Op Shop for four years. She also helps run Kiddylink at the Anglican Hall and puts in a lot of time helping the Anglican Church being a Parish Counsellor for many years. Laine has shown that if you love what you do and are not afraid to get in there and dot the hard yards, things will fall into place.

Bryan Hammond

Bryan is an excellent communicator and team leader with a great willingness to organise fund raising for non-profit organisation in our local community. He is an all round fundraiser selling raffle tickets, organising the next 000 raffle, trivia night or Bowls Day. He has been the backbone of the 000 committee always encouraging members to participate with over 24 gazebos donated to schools and sporting venues in the Tumut Shire.

John “Jack” Beattie

Jack has always been an outstanding citizen, a keen lawn bowler and has spent countless hours tending to friends. He is a foundation member of the Adelong Men’s Shed, a long time member of the Masonic Lodge, and a valued member of the Adelong RSL & Citizens Club.

Jack is an inspiration through his kindness and willingness to help anyone who may need a little bit of help or a shoulder to lean on.

Leonie Donnelly

In 2016 Leonie will be celebrating 40 years in the nursing profession with her accomplishment and dedication deserving recognition. Leonie has a strong work ethic, is professional and committed and does her job with grace and compassion. Leonie is always ready to help wherever she can and is an inspiration to anyone who may wish to enter the Nursing profession.

Jean Brown

Jean has led by example throughout her entire life through her passion, dedication and enthusiasm for her causes.

She has actively supported the communities of Batlow and Tumut throughout the 65 years she has resided in the Shire.

These have included the Girl Guides, Batlow Mothers Group, CWA, View Club, Batlow Agricultural Society, Probus and Tumut Toastmasters. On the creative side Jean is involved in 5-ways, Folksy Art Studio, quilting and craft groups and teaching handicraft at school. Jean has a can do attitude and possesses a natural ability to inspire others with her zest for life.

Diane Arentz

Diane contributed to the Tumut Community in some way, shape or form for the past 35 years.

She was inspirational in the development of some of the organisations in existence today – particularly the Tumut Basketball Association where she contributed in a voluntary capacity for 30 years.

She was also an active member of the Tumut Bulls Rugby Union Football Club, contributed to the running and organisation of the Tumut High School canteen, and involved in the Tumut Gun Club. Dis inspirational service to her community is an inspiration for others. Diane’s nomination was accepted by her daughter Brooke.

Dion Manning

Dion is a man with a passion to help the Kids Kidney Foundation. For the last five years he has worked tirelessly fund raising all year round. Dion has passionately supported this charity striving to beat his total of money each year. This takes a lot of time and commitment to make this happen. With his ongoing efforts he has made a difference to a lot of children’s lives.

Barbara Manning

Barbara has been a valued volunteer throughout her life from mothers help in the classroom, as a canteen worker, a P&C member and teaching scripture through schools in the Shire. Barbara was involved with the All Saints Youth Group in the 1990’s and with organising the annual Anglican Fete. Barbara is also a dedicated Legacy Lady, assists her son Dion with his fundraising efforts for the Kids Kidney Foundation, and is involved with CanAssist, Tumut & District Community Transport, the Montreal Theatre and New 2 U Anglicare Op Shop. Barbara is a lady who loves to give time, love and her heart to those that need it.

Young Citizen of the Year – Chelsea Jacobson

Chelsea is a role model by being there to help others. She is a leader in the Tumut Swimming Club and is currently their Club Captain. At present Chelsea is training to become a swimming coach so she can volunteer her time to teach others to swim. Chelsea has been a member of the RFS Cadet program since 2011 and the inaugural Captain of the Riverina Highlands RFS Cadet Brigade that was formed in 2014. During her time with the RFS she has grown as a leader and developed her skills as a Fire Fighter and mentor assisting the other cadets. Chelsea has volunteered for the Hospital Auxiliary since 2012 offering her time at street stalls, carrying hampers and delivering raffles to winner. Chelsea joined the Hospital Auxiliary in March 2015. Chelsea is a true leader and is always willing to put her hand up to help.


Service to the Community

Tikirah-Ann Douglas and The Talbingo Rural Fire Service (joint recipients)

Tikirah-Ann Douglas

Tikirah-Ann has been contributing to her local community for many years in several ways including volunteering to assist with the Red Cross Breakfast Club three mornings a week.

After the death of her Pop in September 2014 Tikirah initiated her idea of “Shave for Pop” with the purpose to raise awareness of cancer sufferers and to thank the Tumut Hospital. In September 2015 Tikirah had raised $26,529 which has been presented to the Tumut Hospital, more than doubling her goal of $10,000. Shaving her head was the culmination of a year’s fundraising which involved many sections of the local community. Tikirah’s enthusiasm has inspired other members of the community to donate goods, time or services to a local cause.


Talbingo Rural Fire Service

The Talbingo Brigade members are all volunteers who spend many weekends training to meet training in stressful circumstances as well as attending practise every Tuesday night. Members work long hours in mountainous country for the safety of the Talbingo Village and have done so over many years. The Brigade has been deployed to Tumut, Gundagai, Tumbarumba, Narrabri, Shoalhaven, Sydney, Tooma, Brungle, Tumorrama, Bookham, Gilmore and as far as Victoria. These tireless volunteers also assist the community through ambulance patient retrieval, cleaning homestead gutters, and working for charities in Talbingo such as the Charity Golf Day, Talbingo Tattoo, Opening of Health Path and the Jounama Classic.


Achievement Awards

Lanterns on the Lagoon Committee

Lanterns on the Lagoon is a local event that is being built up to be one of our major tourist and local attractions. This event brings all ages together and provides a wonderful artistic venue that people can enjoy for free. The Community needs to continue to encourage and support the volunteers who selflessly give up numerous hours of their time for us to be entertained.


Sports Team of the Year

Tumut Public School Boys Basketball Team

The Tumut Public School Boys Basketball Team participated in a team based competition winning each game played in the Riverina making them the Riverina Champions.

From here the team travelled to the State Championships in Bathurst having some wins and ended up placing 4th in the State. The Tumut Boys Basketball Team consisted of Andy Dodds, Malik Aitken, Nathan Butt, Jake Duedney, Tom Denson, Jimmy Booby, Jack Beavan, Haidan Ings and Ethan Parker.


Swimming prodigy Kade Knight received Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
Swimming prodigy Kade Knight received Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Junior Sports Person of the Year

Kade Knight

As a member of the Tumut Swimming Club, Kade has been the dominant male swimmer for the area of South Western district and Southern Inland swimming in his age group since 2012. Kade’s swimming achievements include many area titles and records both within swimming NSW and primary school PSSA swimming.

Kade has represented at state level meets since 2012 and he has finalised in at least 1 event at event state meet he has attended. In July 2015 Kade received Bronze in Butterfly at the NSW Country Short Course Championships, as well as reaching the finals in the other 6 events he competed in. From here he went on to final and place 10th at the NSW State Age Championships for 100m Butterfly.

Sports Achievement Awards

Piper Duck

Piper is a dedicated basketball player and this year was selected in the Under 16 NSW Basketball Country Touring Team to play in the Australian Country Basketball Junior Cup. This has placed her in the top 20 under 16 players in NSW Country. NSW Basketball also selected Piper to play D-League, as one of the State’s top 40 under 16 players from NSW Metro and Country. Piper represented the Southern Sports Academy in April at the Clubs NSW Academy Games where the team brought home bronze and from this was named in the girls All Star 5 – one of the best 5 female players for the competition.

Ethan Gilchrist

Ethan has played Rugby League since the age of 6. This year Ethan represented in the following areas for Rugby League – Mortimer Shield (Franklin Public School), Highlands Representative School Team, Group 9 Under 12’s Representative Northern Pool, Riverina School boys State Comp over 12 years, and the Tumut Minor League under 12’s.