Local achievers celebrated on Australia Day

LOCAL residents have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at this year’s Alpine Shire Australia Day Community Awards.

Among this year’s winners were a musically-talented 11 year old, the organisers of Victoria’s second-longest running rodeo and a man who has fought three major local bushfires during more than three decades of service in the CFA.

Alpine Shire Council Mayor Peter Roper said the awards were a way for Council to thank residents who went above and beyond for their community.

“Australia Day is a great opportunity to recognise those residents who have made a positive contribution to their community, regardless of their age,” he said.

“I congratulate the winners and encourage all residents who know someone who is deserving of an award to nominate them for next Australia Day.”

Citizen of the Year was awarded to Kiewa Valley resident Doug Connors, who has been a volunteer with the CFA for 34 years and battled the 2006 and 2009 bushfires in his position as Dederang CFA captain, along with his involvement in local sport and recreation.

Myrtleford and District Historical Society president and former Myrtleford High School principal John Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless dedication to preserving Myrtleford’s past.

The winners are:

Overall Citizen of the Year – Doug Connors

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Taylor

Bright and District Achiever of the Year – Andrew Wilson

Bright and District Young Achiever of the Year – Jake Bray-Butler

Kiewa Valley Achiever of the Year – Doug Connors

Kiewa Valley Young Achiever of the Year – Jarrah Forrer

Myrtleford and District Achiever of the Year – John Taylor

Myrtleford and District Young Achiever of the Year – Saige Broz

Community event of the year – Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo

Community organisation of the year – Upper Kiewa Valley Lions Club

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