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06 September 2017

Let them know we care

The Indigo Shire Australia Day Awards open on Monday 11 September.

The Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said the prestigious awards were designed to pay tribute to those who made extraordinary efforts for those around them, and whose achievements enriched the community.

"There are so many individuals, community organisations and businesses in Indigo Shire who work tirelessly to help and support others. This is an opportunity to recognise and appreciate their contributions," Cr O'Connor said.

"We are looking for those people who do wonderful things for the community, to reward and thank them for everything they do. The Awards are a great opportunity for you to nominate a friend, family member, community leader or colleague so we can all recognise their dedication, talent, enthusiasm and contribution to society."

"The importance of volunteers in our community is something we can't do full justice to or measure accurately. Volunteers contribute so much to what makes Indigo Shire a great place to live. They are selfless in the time and effort they put in to helping others out and they make a difference to our daily lives."

Winners will be honoured on Friday 26 January 2018 at Australia Day events in Barnawartha, Beechworth, Chiltern, Kiewa-Tangambalanga, Rutherglen and Yackandandah.

"So please look at your communities and identify those people and groups going above and beyond," Cr O'Connor said.

"Politics aside, Australia Day is an opportunity for us to acknowledge people in our communities who have worked hard in so many ways to make their Indigo Shire a better place to live."

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 10 November 2017.

Award Categories

  • Indigo Shire Citizen of the Year
  • Indigo Shire Young Citizen of the Year
  • Indigo Shire Community Organisation of the Year
  • Beechworth & District Certificate of Achievement
  • Rutherglen & District Certificate of Appreciation
  • Chiltern & District Certificate of Appreciation
  • Yackandandah & District Certificate of Appreciation
  • Barnawartha & District Certificate of Appreciation
  • Kiewa-Tangambalanga & District Certificate of Appreciation
  • Emma George Junior Sporting Scholarship

All residents of Indigo Shire are eligible for nomination. Nominations forms and details on how to apply are available from Council's Beechworth and Yackandandah offices, Chiltern and Rutherglen Customer Service Centres, and from

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Last year, Rutherglen's Patricia Robertson was Citizen of the Year in recognition of her tireless work over many decades with Meals on Wheels, the Rutherglen Primary School Library, Glenview Nursing Home, Neighbourhood Watch, PROBUS Rutherglen, Albury and North East Victoria Legacy, Rutherglen and District Swimming Club and the Rutherglen Information Centre.

Pip Gill of Chiltern was the Young Citizen of the Year for her work with the Chiltern Fire Brigade and her dedication in caring for a family member and achieveing excellence in her academic record.

Swimmer Zoe Deacon from Browns Plain won the Emma George Sporting Scholarship, and the Kiewa-Tangambalanga Lions Club was named Community Organisation of the Year.



For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor
Phone 0417 126 409