Citizens celebrated

January 26, 2018

Marilynne Cleveland and Mackie Mustica on hand to watch the 2018 Moira Shire Australia Day Awards.

Neil Kerr of the Rotary Club of Cobram.

Rapt: Citizen of the Year Neil Lonie and Young Citizen of the Tristan Grinter.

Keeping up with the Watsons. John Watson and Gerrard Watson from the Numurkah RSL.

Good catch up: Sally Rice and Mary Mansfield.

The many outstanding contributions made by our most selfless community members have been formally recognised at the 2018 Moira Shire Australia Day Awards.

The ceremony was held at the Civic Centre on Thursday.

Citizen of the Year was awarded to Neil Lonie from St James.

Mr Lonie runs a highly successful farm with his wife Trish and son Brett. The loss of his niece in 2008 at the Royal Children’s Hospital inspired him to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal.

In nine years he has helped raise more than $150000 and just last year raised $24000.

Mr Lonie is a member of the St James Fire Brigade and a charter member of the Tungamah Lions Club, among other things.

Muckatah’s Tristan Grinter was named Young Citizen of the Year.

Tristan is a Venturer Scout and assists and volunteers as a junior leader with the younger Scout section. He volunteers at the Cobram Show and has assisted the Cobram-Barooga Commemorative Committee in running its yearly ceremonies.

Trees Please Conservation Awareness Project took out the award for Environment Project of the Year.

The project was initiated by William Giltrap, a Year 11 VCAL student at Yarrawonga College P-12, and involved planting 30 one-metre River Red Gum trees at Chinaman’s Island Nature Reserve.

Will nurtured the trees from seedlings and he recruited year 7 and 8 students to carry out the planting of the trees.

Event of the Year went to Relay for Life — Oasis Movers and Shakers. The event raised more than $10000 last year.

The relay alternates between Cobram-Barooga and Yarrawonga-Mulwala and encourages socially isolated people to participate.

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