Past Winners

2016

Name
Debra Campbell
Category
Citizen of the Year
Council
Lower Eyre Peninsula Council

Despite a diagnosis giving her only months to live, Debra Campbell has fought against her blood cancer diagnosis for 12 years and although still suffering from her illness has dedicated significant time for others facing the disease. This has included fundraising efforts of more than $180,000 which has contributed to the Leukaemia Foundations new Foundation Village which has 15 apartments for people who need to relocate to Adelaide for treatment. One of these apartments has been named the “Spirit of Eyre Peninsula” after Debra’s efforts. Debra has also been instrumental in the opening of the first regional office for the Leukaemia Foundation in Port Lincoln which provides additional services to blood cancer patients. Debra is an amazing example of someone who has taken the events of a life threatening illness and used it to provide better services for those suffering from the disease across the state.

Name
Eboni Frankel
Category
Young Citizen of the Year
Council
Berri Barmera Council

Despite her age Eboni is an active leader within her school and local community. A high achiever academically and in extra curricular activities at Glossop High School Eboni has been regularly elected to student representative positions and a key member of many of the schools sporting teams including Netball where she has represented the Riverland and was runner up Best and Fairest at the State Carnival.

Eboni is also a proud Gunditjimara woman and is an excellent role model for other young indigenous women in the community especially with regards to her volunteer community work including rotary and relay for life amongst others . Eboni’s commitment to school and her career goals have been recognized in her being honoured with the prestigious Dame Roma Mitchell Scholarship which is only granted to 6 indigenous students statewide.

Name
Bianca Bilsborow
Category
Young Citizen of the Year
Council
City of Salisbury

Bianca is a passionate contributor to her community, motivated to make a difference in society and selfless in wanting to improve the quality of life for others. Biancs efforts have been across a number of different areas including City Salisbury Rotaract Club where she has successfully fund raised for a number of causes including White Ribbon and Daffodil Day, Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre, the Midnight basketball program for at risk youth, Salisbury Youth Council and a facilitator for the Duke of Ed program. The City of Salisbury has also incorporated Bianca in their marketing strategy as a result of her selfless efforts to promote volunteering to young people within the community.

Name
Festival Fleurieu
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
Yankalilla Council

The Festival Fleurieu has been developed as an event across the Yankalilla Region that includes a range of inclusive visitor experiences over a 9 day period with 90 eclectic events in 50 venues. Festival Fluerieu showcases the best of the region to create a greater awareness of visitors of the beauty of the pristine environment and also celebrates the community spirit. With a population of only 4500 the diversity in experience at this Festival is incredible including contributions buy local artisans, authors, musicians, cooks, poets, historians, farmers, producers and business owners. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people visited the Yankalilla region generating significant economic and tourism impact for the area whilst effectively promoting the best the area has to offer.

Name
Side Show Alley
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
City of Port Lincoln

To celebrate Mental Health Week, West Coast Youth Services coordinated a circus themed event “Side Show Alley” held on Port Lincoln Foreshore hosing an event that was free, fun, informative, inclusive and accessible while have wide appeal and educating and promoting about mental fitness and well being. There was a wide range of activities including therapeutic art workshops, yoga and meditation sessions, community walks and presentations all highlighting mental well being. Over 1000 people of varying ages attended with a combination of local business, government and non government agencies contributing

Name
Centenary of ANZAC
Category
Community Event of the Year (Highly Commended)
Council
Light Regional Council

The Freeling RSL coordinated an incredible program of activities for the Centenary of ANZAC that had been 12 months in the planning. Commencing with a march from Freeling Post office followed by a Dawn Service that attracted record crowds ending with a light plane dropping poppies amongst those assembled. Afterwards the ANZAC Day clash occurred in AFL Football between Freeling and Kapunda, followed by the A Grade Netball with all participants receiving a commemorative medal and at the completion another flyover occurred to drop poppies on participants. The day finished with a ceremonial sunset with bugler, lowering of the flag and a fireworks display. The day was enjoyed by thousands from Freeling, Kapunda and other nearby towns and was an incredible effort for a small community.

2015

Name
Robert Stacey
Category
Citizen of the Year
Council
Northern Areas Council

Robert is a wonderful example of the importance of local voluntary contribution to improve facilities and accordingly the health and well-being of the community. He has made an extraordinary contribution to the Jamestown community- the two biggest achievements being the role he has played in establishing Belalie Lodge, a district home for the aged and the Jamestown Hydrotherapy Pool, a state of the art facility. Robert has served on the Board of Belalie Lodge for 27 years- most of them in leadership positions and the hydrotherapy pool was his brainchild and he has worked passionately on it from inception to completion.

He has also made significant contributions to other community organisations in the Jamestown area including the Football Club, Uniting Church , Hospital Board and Show Society.

His passion for working to improve and health facilities in Jamestown is based on his belief that regional areas should have the same access to health and well-being facilities as their city counterparts is an amazing example of what passion and hard work can achieve.

Name
Daniel Spencer
Category
Young Citizen of the Year
Council
City Of Mitcham

Five years ago Daniel put his university studies in music on hold to devote himself to his passion for the environment. Working with the Australian Youth Clime Coalition he has been a passionate campaigner and advocate for greener and cleaner energy solutions . This is most evident when be re-located to Port Augusta to campaign and advocate for solar thermal power plants replacing coal fired plants and took part in numerous activities to raise awareness and established working committees to organize and facilitate necessary advocacy and capacity for the Port Augusta community. This resulted in the Repower Port August Alliance consisting of many stakeholders including the local community, unions, environmental groups, non-government organisations and local businesses achieving a full feasibility study currently been undertaken,

Daniel has showed amazing dedication to his passion for the environment which has had significant impact on the Port Augusta community and the nation.

Name
Tom Kruse Centenary Celebrations
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
Clare & Gilbert Valley Council

The Waterloo Hall and Peak Body Committee have decided that it was important to recognise significant citizens of the area and accordingly conducted the Tom Kruse centenary celebrations to remember the famous outback mailman on the Birdsville track. The celebrations included unveiling of the new Tom Kruse commemorative panel, production of a documentary, book readings by author Kristin Weidenbach.for the public, and naming the new park and community shed, which the committee have played a key role in developing, after Tom Kruse. Not only was the event a great success in attracting hundreds of people to the area to remember Tom Kruse it also resulted in the establishment of community facilities and historical monuments that will benefit and educate the community for generations to come.

2014

Name
Peter Ancell
Category
Citizen of the Year
Council
Coorong District Council

Peter Ancell is an enthusiastic, inspirational and dedicated person inspires and encourages others to become involved in community activities and volunteers for numerous organisations within the Meningie region, to such an impact that there are not many people in the Coorong District Council of Coorong that haven’t benefited from Peter’s efforts.

Name
Zachary Caudo
Category
Young Citizen of the Year
Council
District Council of Loxton Waikerie

Zac is an avid promoter of the Riverland and a young man who has achieved much already despite his years. Through his families winery he has invited international wine groups from Asia to the Riverland to promote regional products and received countless wine medals over the years. He also introduced the True Grit event to Waikerie- the first Australian Military inspired Obstacle Course in 2013 which brought 9000 visitors to the Riverland.

Name
Clare Valley Carnival of Music
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
Joint: Clare & Gilbert Valley Council

HATS Incorporated is a not for profit cultural organisation involving a large group of volunteers who organized the Clare Valley Carnival of Music which incorporated professional musicians, singers and dancers whilst giving amateurs and young people experience Utilising the Courthouse Cultural Centre in Auburn, which the group established as a unique 100 seat heritage performance venue, the festival is a huge success increasing tourism and visitation to the region.

Name
Kodomo-no-Hi Japan Festival
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
City of West Torrens

The Kodomo-no-Hi (which means Children’s Day) Japan Festival has been held annually for fifteen years and is now the largest community based Japan festival in the country attracting an excess of 5000 people who enjoy a variety of performances, demonstrations, and exhibitions on Japan including martial arts, tea ceremonies, ikebana and bonsai, Japanese craft workshops and a variety of Japanese cuisine.

2013

Name
Marie Davis
Category
Citizen of the Year
Council
Town of Gawler

Marie Davis is an enthusiastic, inspirational and dedicated person who inspires and encourages others to become involved in community activities and volunteers for numerous organisations within the Gawler region. Despite being a mother and working in a senior management role at the Gawler Hospital, Marie still finds a significant amount of time each week to volunteer to the local community as she has done for the last twenty years.

Some of Marie’s key roles have included involvement with the Wasleys Netball Club and the Gawler Central Football Club, where she spends almost every evening and most of the weekend organising and coordinating club activities.

Marie has also had a significant role with the Gawler Relay for Life Charity events which have raised money for Cancer research including $85,000 just in 2012. Marie is a wonderful example of the importance of local voluntary contribution to the betterment of the community

Name
Dayna Duncan
Category
Young Citizen of the Year
Council
District Council of Cleve

Despite her age Dayna has already shown a great deal of enthusiasm and passion for her community volunteering for more than a dozen extra curricular activities and committees at her school, including St John and Country Fire service.

However, Dayna’s key accomplishment this year was winning the ABC Radio Competition “Haywire”, with a piece highlighting the role technology has played in reducing isolation especially for rural regions, and that personal contact and involvement face to face with your community is irreplaceable and cannot be downplayed or ignored.

Dayna’s winning piece has been played nationally on radio, and has now seen her take a role in leadership and community building activities with members of parliament & community leaders, and this has already had an impact on policy related to these issues. Despite her young age Dayna is a wonderful role model for young people who can have a role in their county’s future direction.

Name
The Eyre Peninsula Field Day
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
District Council of Cleve

The Eyre Peninsula Field Days are an enormous community event, relying heavily on the involvement of almost all service groups, sporting clubs, religious groups, businesses and other organisations in the community for its existence.

Field Days showcase the very best that the Eyre Peninsula has to offer, combining a vast array of industries, technologies and information and lessening out the communities’ geographic isolation of these products and services.

Field Days are a major source of fundraising for local non-profit organisations, and many infrastructure developments would not have been possible without the event. It also displays what is possible when local government, business and the not for profit organisations of a community work together.

2012

Name
Ophie Renner
Category
Citizen of the Year
Council
Town of Gawler

Ophie Renner is a retired principal who has volunteered an enormous amount of time assisting children with reading difficulties. Every week he voluntarily tutors children in the Gawler region to help them with their studies and English comprehension. His tutoring includes children who suffer from dyslexia and he has organized many public information sessions to educate the community about Dyslexia, assisting students, parents and educational professionals. He is also an active community contributor volunteering with organisations such as Heartbeat, Gawler Probus, U-Care and the Lutheran Church committee. Ophie's work assisting students to overcome their learning difficulties has had a positive impact on hundreds of children and their families.

Name
Cameron Forster
Category
Young Citizen of the Year
Council
Campbelltown City Council

Cameron is a hard working, energetic and responsible person, demonstrated through his commitment to his studies and work output. He is extremely passionate about the environment, volunteering on the Youth Advisory Committee of the Campbelltown City Council and as a Nature Conservationist for Trees for Life. He also volunteered with the Australian League of Immigration Volunteers as a Team Leader with the Northern Immigration Detention Centre in Darwin. Cameron gained an to the environmental sector at Government level by completing an industry placement as an Environmental Support Officer with SA Water. Cameron is a motivated young person and has accomplished a great deal in his short career.

Name
25th Anniversary of the Clare Quilters
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council

The Claire Quilters Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary with an exhibition in late last year. More than 600 people attended the exhibition over the 3 days, raising enough money for the event to be self-sufficient, plus donate $2000 to the Clare Hospital, $500 for Relay for Life and $100 to Rotary. A cocktail party on the Friday evening celebrated two members being awarded life membership.
Throughout the year, the club also made quilts for the Stockport Flood victims and donated money to the victims of the Queensland floods. The club provides a community service to women in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys and is a vital piece of fabric in the patchwork quilt of South Australia.

Name
Lochiel Hall Centenary Celebration
Category
Community Event of the Year
Council
Wakefield Regional Council

Lochiel Hall Centenary Celebration, held in March 2011 brought together the town of Lochiel by restoring the 100-year-old hall, improving usage of the hall and conducting an event to celebrate its place in the community. The process involved participation by 44% of the Lochiel population; over 1000 volunteer work hours, and now provides an important historical record for the current and former generations of residents of the community. Overall it is a wonderful example of community spirit that proactively brought the Lochiel community together.

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