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Australia Day Awards

Australia Day was celebrated across Indigo Shire on Friday 26 January 2018 with events in Barnawartha, Beechworth, Chiltern, Kiewa-Tangambalanga, Rutherglen and Yackandandah.

Each venue featured entertainment, community meals and a flag ceremony, followed by the presentation of Indigo Shire Australia Day Awards.

The awards celebrate the contribution of individuals, community organisations and businesses. They pay tribute to those who make extraordinary contributions to society or who are outstanding achievers in the Indigo community.

We can all be proud of this year's award winners.

Citizen of the Year, Peter Croucher

Citizen of the Year, Peter Croucher

Every community needs someone like Peter Croucher, everybody in the district knows and admires what Peter does. Peter gives his time to almost every aspect of our community life: sport, culture, education, the elderly, service clubs and fulfilling civic responsibilities. His involvement in and commitment to the towns of Kiewa and Tangambalanga add enormously to the quality of life of residents. Peter was an Indigo Shire Councillor for eight years, founded and co-edits the Kiewa River Gazette, he is a member of the Kiewa Tangambalanga Lions Club, the Tangambalanga Tennis Club, Kiewa Sandy Creek Football Club, bowling club, the Atauro Island Friendship Committee and past Junior Council coordinator. He has played music for 42 Deb Balls and was the secretary of the Kiewa District Tennis Association for 34 years. Peter has lived locally for almost all his life and has been a tireless worker for both his local community and beyond.

Community Organisation of the Year
Black Dog Soup Kitchen, Chiltern

Every Wednesday the Black Dog Soup Kitchen provides tasty and nutritious meals to those who need it. It is a social nexus that generates a true connection within the Chiltern community for people from different backgrounds. They also deliver meals to around 26 disabled and elderly residents who are unable to leave their homes to attend. The benefits are numerous -- healthy meals and a chance to have a conversation and catch up with old friends.

Young Citizens of the Year
Tangambalanga Action Crew

The Tangambalanga-Kiewa Youth Action Crew was born out of the Indigo Shire Youth Action Crew Strategy to inspire, activate and train young people in the community to create and lead events and activities, and be the voice for young people in their community. The Youth Action Crew came together in June 2017 to organise and run their first community activation project, the Kiewa-Tangambalanga Mini Music Fest in November last year. The festival at the Kiewa Memorial Park included local artists such as Chelsea Knight from Staghorn Flat and the Tallangatta High Jazz Band, alongside established artists such as Twin Peaks from Canada and Aria award-winning artist Nicky Bomba and The All Stars.

Australia Day award winners
ABOVE: Beechworth and District Achievement Award winner Kathryn Chivers and Emma George Sporting Scholarship winner Martin Miranda with Cr Larry Goldsworthy and the Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor.

Certificates of Achievement

Kathryn Chivers, Beechworth and District

Community volunteer and mentor. Kathryn is a founding member of Plasticwise Beechworth and a member of Plasticwise Indigo. She was instrumental in bringing soft plastic collection to Beechworth. Kathryn has strong pride in her Chinese heritage and the history in the Beechworth area, and a passion to educate and share it with others.


Bill Meagher, Rutherglen and District

Tireless volunteer with the Rutherglen Lifesaving and Swimming Club, Rutherglen Neighbourhood Watch, Rutherglen Primary School and High School, Rutherglen Junior Football Club Glenview at Indigo North Health, Indigo Shire Community Grants Committee and St Stephen's Anglican Church.


Rita Ryan, Barnawartha and District

School, church and community friend. Rita is well known around the Murray Valley School for the disabled, the Barnawartha Primary School and Wodonga Secondary School. Rita is also a very fine cook!


Dave Crook, Yackandandah and District

Dave spends many house maintaining the beauty of Yackandandah's streets. With his wife, Rose, other Yackandandah Garden Club members he is frequently seen weeding the garden beds, spreading mulch, and maintaining the planter barrels. Visitors and locals often remark on how the garden beds in the main street improve the town. Dave has been in the garden club for 10 years and was secretary of the Scouts for six years.


Emma George Sporting Scholarship

Martin Miranda

Martin Miranda is a 16-year-old Soccer Player from Beechworth. Martin has dedicated a lot of time to his local club the Wodonga Diamonds and was selected to be part of the Seniors Team. Congratulations on your achievements, Martin!