Over 100 people gathered at the Narembeen Aquatic Centre on Friday 26th January 2018 to share a barbeque breakfast and celebrate being Australian. Shire Councillors and staff were off to an early start getting to the pool before 7am to ensure breakfast was ready for community members on their arrival.
The event commenced with Doctor (Councillor) Peter Lines leading everyone in a stirring rendition of the National Anthem followed by the Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole presenting the annual Australia Day Awards.
Every year, nominations are sought for outstanding people and groups within our community to be recognised with the Australia Day Awards. This year’s very deserving winners were:
Community Event of the Year: S.O.C.K (Save our Country Kids) Week. An initiative developed by the Narembeen Community Resource Centre to raise awareness of road safety.
Senior Citizen of the Year: Lorraine Lethlean. Lorraine is a quiet achiever who contributes to so many organisations they could not all be mentioned.
Citizens of the Year: Emma Main and Maddie Main. Known throughout the Shire and the region as the Main twins, these ladies play massive roles in hockey both on the field and as part of the committee. Always willing to lend a hand, the Narembeen community is very lucky to have them.
Following the presentation of the above awards, the Shire President, Cr Rhonda Cole made a special announcement and requested that former Councillors Halley Cowan and Stephen Padfield come to the podium. At this point, Deputy Shire President, Cr Kellie Mortimore read out the formal citation that they both be bestowed with the title of Honorary Freeman of the Shire of Narembeen. Until now, the Shire of Narembeen has only bestowed this honour on three other occasions and it was an honour to have Freeman Mel Bristow and his wife Iris present. Halley and Stephen both gave brief speeches thanking Council for the honour but also both appeared to be somewhat lost for words.
Well done to both gentlemen!