King George V Gardens played host to the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Australia Day celebration on the morning of Thursday 26 January.
The event included the announcement of the Australia Day Award recipients, a citizenship ceremony which welcomed seven new Australians and live music by Chloe Hancock and the Sing Australia choir.
Wangaratta’s 2017 Australia Day Ambassador, Lindy Allen, delivered the Ambassador’s Address speaking fondly of the Rural City’s connectivity to the arts and its respect of cultural diversity.
The Rural City of Wangaratta honored three very worthy recipients of local Australia Day Awards.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
MILAWA AND OXLEY PRIMARY SCHOOLS
MILAWA/OXLEY FOX RUN
The Milawa and Oxley Fox Run is a family focused event with a foxy theme. It is a fun run with a difference, combining obstacles, mud and colour in a bush setting. The main running events are the 2.5km, 5km and 7.5km fox run and a 107m sprint, called the gift. There are also a number of novelty races and activities throughout the day.
The vision of the fox run is to implement a family event that aligns with Milawa and Oxley Primary School’s focus on health and wellbeing and to continue building a strong connection with the broader community of Oxley and Milawa.
The event had three objectives, which were all met. The first objective of raising funds for Oxley and Milawa Primary schools was achieved. Total funds raised reached approximately $33,000.
The second objective, “encourage stronger social connections with the Milawa and Oxley communities”, led to the development of a volunteer committee of parents, principals and community members. Every contribution from volunteers was valued, with people sewing fox masks, undertaking marketing activities and doing all the heavy lifting needed to make the event a success.
The third objective, “provide school students with an opportunity for family fun and healthy outdoor activity” created the event’s point of difference, a family focused event. The fox run encourages families to get outside, be active, laugh and create lifelong memories together. Over 300 children entered the event and the age range of the runners on the day ranged from 2 to 60 years of age.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Michael is an exceptional young man with an undeniable passion for the community. He is a shining star who has already made a mark on his community and one to keep an eye on in the future.
He recently completed year 12 at Cathedral College Wangaratta, where he was school captain in his final year.
His responsibilities as school captain include leading tours for prospective students, parents and visitor, as well as representing Cathedral College at the Anzac Day commemorations in Wangaratta.
Michael has been a keen participant in all the Cathedral College drama and music productions since he was old enough to join in. In the past few years he has had the lead male role in college productions, including Old Deuteronomy in the highly acclaimed 2016 production of Cats.
Michael has shown dedication to his studies and in 2014 was presented with the Holy Trinity Cathedral Senior Christian Leadership Award.
He has also taken up any opportunities to expand his learnings, including by participating in the sister School Exchange trip to Indonesia in 2013, and Cultural Exchange in Germany in 2014/15.
Michael has been an active member of the Cathedral Parish from a young age.
He joined the Cathedral Choir when he was not quite 7 and has provided 12 years of continuous service, including serving as Head Chorister for two years.
He received several awards for his time in the choir:
Michael was elected to the Rural City of Wangaratta Youth Council for 2014/15 and showed his leadership skills working in a team.
Michael has also been a member of Ostinato Community Choir, and a cast member in many Wangaratta Players performances.
As for his plans for the future, Michael hopes to eventually train to be a paramedic. And to continue singing.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Please note: The winner of the Citizen of the Year, Sue Bromilow, passed away in the week prior to Australia Day, and her award was presented to her family at the Australia Day ceremony.
Sue Bromilow (nee Ivone), the eldest of five children lived in the Whorouly Community all of her life, attending Whorouly South Primary School and then Marian College Myrtleford for her secondary schooling.
Sue married Kevin Bromilow on the 12th of October 1974 at the age of 18. They had 2 children Taryn and Shane and have 4 beautiful grandchildren, Lily, Cooper, Lincoln and Jude.
Sue and Kevin ran their family transport business for 25 years serving North East farming communities.
Sue was a true role model of a dedicated community leader and had a positive influence on everyone she made contact with. Her integrity and selflessness was exceptional. She was always positive, honest, reliable, trustworthy, generous and a great listener. Sue committed innumerable hours to the Whorouly community.
Sue demonstrated excellence in any role that she took on. She was extremely organised, efficient and skilled in communicating and liaising with all committees and their members. Sue’s detailed and accurate record-keeping of all meetings, phone calls, texts, emails and photos will benefit the Whorouly community for years to come.
Sue’s outstanding achievements in Whorouly are:
Sue Bromilow’s dedication to supporting all aspects of the Whorouly community strengthened once she had her family. Even though Sue’s children grew up and moved away from the area she not only continued her involvement in the Whorouly community but increased her contribution. In recent years due to ill health Sue sadly relinquished her executive roles, otherwise, there is no doubt she would have continued in these executive positions.
Sue is a worthy winner of this award and her passing is a great loss to not only the Whorouly community, but all of this municipality.
A range of Australia Day celebrations were held throughout the Rural City of Wangaratta and local awards presented. Recipients who received a 2017 Local Achiever Award in rural towns were:
Eldorado - Jim Buchan
Everton - George and Margaret Bennett
Glenrowan - Warren Coles, William Gent
Hamilton Park - Jeff and Joan Rowlands
Milawa - Russell Ferguson, Stephanie Grant, Alannah Baguley, Ethan Rooney, Andrea Uebergang
Moyhu - Max Baker, Josie Hogan, Chloe Cook, Viveka Pizzini-Smith
Murmungee - Howard Brown
Springhurst - Elizabeth Dunne
Whorouly - Jack Harrington, Thomas Cappellari