Indigo citizens recognised at Australia Day Awards

Published on 25 January 2019


Indigo Shire’s outstanding citizens were recognised at Australia Day Awards ceremonies across the region on Saturday 26 January.

Indigo Shire Mayor Bernard Gaffney said Australia Day is the day we recognise some of the unsung heroes of the Indigo Shire community.

“Congratulations to everyone who received an award and to all of those nominated this year,”

“I am particularly honoured to announce Mary Dunn as Indigo Shire’s Citizen of the Year. Mary has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping others and bringing people together. Her unwavering support and friendship for many underprivileged families is an inspiration.”

“All of the award recipients are passionate community members and organisations, committed to serving others in their own unique way,”

“It is their community spirit that makes Indigo Shire a great place to live,” said Cr Gaffney.

A full list of award recipients is included below.

Indigo Shire’s Citizen of the Year

Mary Dunn

Having lived in Rutherglen for over 50 years, Mary’s community involvement spans more than a dozen organisations, including Rutherglen Primary and High School, Rutherglen Hockey Club, Rutherglen & District Garden Club and Meals on Wheels.

Amongst a long list of valuable contributions to these organisations, Mary played an integral role in developing the annual Rutherglen & District Garden Club Flower Show, bringing regional gardeners together and highlighting Rutherglen on the map for visitors to the region. Mary has been awarded life membership in a number of these organisations as a result of her continued passion and efforts.

Certificates of Achievement

Val White

Kiewa- Tangambalanga District

Val is the first contact for all bookings and enquiries at the Tangambalanga Community Centre. She is on duty 24/7; often sets up and packs up for functions, cleans floors and toilets, organizes maintenance, liaises with Council and synchronises the many hirers of the facility. With over 40 years of service, Val continues to be a valued and proactive member of the Coulston Park Committee of Management that manages the recreation park. Val also makes time to drive the local community car.

Jan Morey

Beechworth and District

Jan Morey has a long history of volunteering in the local community, including ten years as group leader of the Beechworth Nursing Mums Association, coaching swimming, coaching the girls and women’s local soccer teams, and volunteering as a member for a number of local committees. Val has also dedicated over 700 hours to supporting young learner drivers through the Vic Roads Indigo Shire L2P Program.

Eileen Collins

Chiltern and District

Eileen is a passionate and committed ambassador for the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park and has become renowned both nationally and internationally for her knowledge of the human history, flora and fauna of the park. Eileen has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Friends of Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park group, building it to be a diverse and productive group of people committed to making the park a better place for everyone.

Kiewa Fire Brigade

Community Organisation of the Year

The Kiewa Fire Brigade is considered an outstanding community organisation. Not only does it perform the expected tasks of putting out fires and keeping the community safe, but it is an integral and well respected part of the community. The Fire Brigade is always willing to assist, whether through its promotion of youth and community events such as Carols by Candlelight or its efforts in collecting for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. The organisation’s wholehearted involvement in the Kiewa community adds to the liveability of the town.

Callista Race-Stelling

Emma George Sporting Scholarship

Callista is a 15-year-old running and athletics champion from Beechworth. Callista loves distance running and competes in various track and cross country events at regional, state and national levels. Her main events are 2,000m steeplechase, 3,000 metres track running, and 3-4km cross country. In April Callista will be competing in the Australian Track & Field Championships in Sydney, before she takes on the Australian Junior Cross-Country Championships in Adelaide in August.

For a full list of Australia Day events across the shire go to: