Many people in the region have received Australia Day recognitions for their contributions to our communities.
Across the region, there were several Australia Day events in which citizens, organisations and events were recognised following a challenging year.
Victor Harbor's Citizen of the Year Award has gone to Dennis Kluske in recognition of 50 years service to the CFS.
Tintinara’s Keith Harkness has been awarded for his many years of volunteering, particularly with the Lions club and Golf Club.
Sherlock celebrated their own community hero, Kevin Poole for being actively involved in numerous organisations for many years and for being the town’s ‘unofficial’ repairman.
Meningie’s Peter Doolette - an avid recorder of local history - has been recognised for his work and volunteer activities with Meningie’s Lakelander publication.
Denis Roberts took out Karoonda East Murray’s citizen of the year for working with the local Historical Society and the CFS for over 40 years.
The Adelaide Hills Citizen of the Year has gone to Adam Weinert, who lost his family home during the Cudlee Creek bushfire (2019-20), but took a leadership role in community recovery, coordinating volunteers to help with emergency accommodation, mental health first aid and animal welfare.
Goolwa has awarded Scott Nottle for his work with the Port Elliot Tennis Club as President for a decade and mentor to young players.
Brett Cleggett from Strathalbyn has been recognised for his community work with the CFS and the Langhorne Creek Football Club.
Tailem Bend’s Angela Tomkinson has been recognised for her unwavering commitment to the local Netball Club as well as her integral role in establishing the local Historians Association.
John Scarvelis is Murray Bridge’s Citizen of the Year for more than 35 years volunteering for local initatives. He has been recognised for initiating and leading dozens of projects, including introducing new plant species to horticulture, and for his multiple roles with the Murraylands Multicultural Network and local sporting clubs.
Many young people in the region were also recognised, along with community events and organisations.
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