The 2020 Citizen of the Year Award Winners on the Fleurieu Peninsula

City of Victor Harbor Citizen of the Year Vic Walter and Young Citizen of the Year Jai Modra with Mayor Moira Jenkins.
City of Victor Harbor Citizen of the Year Vic Walter and Young Citizen of the Year Jai Modra with Mayor Moira Jenkins.

The City of Victor Harbor 2020 Citizen of the Year winners are Victor Walter - Citizen of the Year and Jai Modra - Young Citizen of the Year and will be officially announced at a ceremony on Australia Day at Warland Reserve.

The festivities will commence from 8am with a free community breakfast followed by a formal ceremony from 9am. Visit www.victor.sa.gov.au/australiaday for more information about this event.

Alexandrina Council Australia Day festivities will be held across the region at Goolwa and Strathalbyn, on Sunday, January 26, commencing with traditional breakfasts in the morning followed by Citizenship Ceremonies and Australia Day Award presentations.

Strathalbyn will open the festivities at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens at 7:30am where you can purchase a hearty Australian breakfast, proudly prepared by the Rotary Club of Strathalbyn. This year, the Club will charge $7 for their breakfast with all proceeds going to bushfire relief efforts.

Following breakfast, the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony will commence at 9am, with the Australia Day Awards to be presented afterwards.

Goolwa's celebrations will commence at 8am with breakfast available for purchase at the Goolwa Bowling Club on Goyder Street, thanks to the Lions Club of Goolwa. Breakfast in Goolwa will cost $10 (adult), $5 (child under 7) or $20 (family) with proceeds allowing the club to continue their contributions to the community.

The festivities will then shift to Centenary Hall on Cadell Street at 11am, where Goolwa's Citizenship Ceremony will take place and Australia Day Awards presented.

The Citizen of the Year awards will be presented to Anthony Baker of Mount Compass, and Leonie Henderson of Clayton Bay.

The Young Citizen of the Year awards will be presented to Ebony Brackstone of Goolwa, and Tabitha Lewis of Strathalbyn.

The Community Service of the Year Awards will be presented to Allan Pomery of Port Elliot and the Strathalbyn Rotary Club for the Great Duck Race.

The Community Event of the Year Awards will be presented to The South Coast Jazz Festival and the SA Rural Women's Gathering.

The District Council of Yankalilla will be holding its Australia Day ceremony at Bungala Park, Normanville from 9am.

Along with award presentations, there will be a presentation by Australia Day Ambassador and vet surgeon Bob Irving, a citizenship ceremony, and the handing out of the council's community grants.

The winners of the Australia Day awards are Larissa Barry (Citizen of the Year), Daniel Schubert (Young Citizen of the Year) and the markets run by Melissa Andrews (Community Event of the Year).

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins said the awards program provides an opportunity for Victor Harbor residents to be recognised for the important and valuable work they do within our community.

"Our Citizen of the Year Awards are an important way we can pay tribute to the commitment and dedication of individuals and groups across Victor Harbor that go above and beyond to better our community," Dr Jenkins said.

"Our City is fortunate to have so many generous volunteers who give their time to ensuring Victor Harbor remains a great place to live, work and visit. It's a privilege to highlight these each January."

Victor Walter has been awarded City of Victor Harbor Citizen of the Year as a result of his decades of outstanding contribution to Victor Harbor's music and arts community, the Lutheran Church, the Country Fire Service, and a number of sporting groups and community associations.

Mayor Moira Jenkins said that Victor Walter was a worthy winner with his work benefiting multiple generations of the community.

"We acknowledge the long-term contribution Victor Walter has made to our city and the positive role model he is across the whole spectrum of our community," Dr Jenkins said.

At the age of 19 Jai Modra has been awarded the City of Victor Harbor Young Citizen of the year as a result of his dedication to the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee, the City of Victor Harbor's Youth Theater project 'Wet Paint', and as an active volunteer fire-fighter with Hindmarsh Valley CFS.

"Since a young age Jai has been committed to achieving great things for his community and on a personal level has pushed through many boundaries. It is a privilege to have this young man in our community," Dr Jenkins said.

"I look forward to having the pleasure of meeting these remarkable members of our community on Australia Day and awarding them for their valuable contribution."

2020 Citizen of the Year - Victor Walter

Local farmer, Victor Walter has made an outstanding contribution to Victor Harbor through his love and commitment of music, being a key senior member of the Victor Harbor Lutheran Church, previously playing a key role as Chairman of the Victor Harbor Lutheran Homes board and, along with his wife Helen, as a local and overseas missionary.

Victor's community work also extends to Chairman of the Willow Creek Progress Association, long term membership of the Waitpinga Branch of the Victor Harbor CFS group and active Blaze Aid member with his wife Helen helping communities to rebuild after bushfires.

Victor has been awarded with Life Membership of the Encounter Bay Football Club and the Victor Harbor City Band for 65 continuous years of service to the band; and is an active long-term member of the Inman Valley Tennis Club and founding member of the Fleurieu Campdrafting Association.

2020 Young Citizen of the Year - Jai Modra

Teenager Jai Modra is a dedicated and valuable Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee Member assisting with planning and implementing numerous youth events and was a respected participant in the City of Victor Harbor's Youth Theatre project Wet Paint.

Jai is an active volunteer Fire-Fighter with Hindmarsh Valley CFS, completing a range of CFS courses and previously being named Cadet of the Year, he's been in CFS for over eight years.

Living with Autism, Epilepsy & Neurofibromatosis Jai continues to work on his processing and co-ordination skills through Sailability (competing in State Championships), playing the violin and showcasing his skills in concerts, competing for many years in mounted games and dressage with Riding for Disabled.

Jai has completed Certificates in Agriculture and Land Management through Investigator College, Certificate 3 in Retail through a traineeship with Victor Harbor Hardware, and is currently working as a qualified barista in the family business.

Alexandrina Council Citizen of the Year Awards

Australia Day is one of the most rejoiced days on the national calendar.

It is a day for our diverse community to unite and celebrate what makes our country great. It is a day for us to welcome new citizens and recognise the amazing people in our society who have earned the honour of receiving an Australia Day Award.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved in the celebrations, welcoming Australia's newest citizens and congratulating our deserving Australia Day Award recipients.

Citizens of the Year - Anthony Baker of Mount Compass, and Leonie Henderson of Clayton Bay.

Anthony Baker has been an active member of the Mount Compass Community for many years; having volunteered at the CFS since moving to the town, where he is currently group captain of the brigade.

He has also been vice chairperson and an active committee member of the Mount Compass War Memorial Community Centre, and was involved in the community drive for a recreation park in Mount Compass.

Anthony volunteers his time for the betterment of the community at the many working bees, fundraising BBQs and helping out wherever required, also being involved in co-ordinating ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services in Mount Compass.

Leonie Henderson has been described as the 'thread and glue that holds the wider Clayton Bay area together.' She has volunteered at the Clayton Bay Boat Club for many years, is the former president of the Clayton Bay Community Association Committee, has volunteered with the Clayton Bay Environmental Group, and created the Clayton Bay Calendar for the past eight years; raising money for the Clayton Bay Community Association.

Leonie has also been responsible for securing a number of grants for various projects around Clayton Bay, including the 'Colouring Clayton' project, in conjunction with local artist Annabelle Collette (1955-2019), to decorate power poles and shelters around the town.

On top of all this, she was also one of the main organisers of the 2019 Rural Women's Gathering in Strathalbyn and has co-ordinated many other events and fundraisers for the community.

Young Citizens of the Year - Ebony Brackstone of Goolwa, and Tabitha Lewis of Strathalbyn.

Ebony has been a passionate and enthusiastic volunteer and member with the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee and the Strathalbyn Community Youth Group for a number of years.

She has been a key planner in many regional youth events including Fusion, Youth Week, and many other community events. Recently, Ebony was part of a group who won a Local Drug Action Team Grant to provide a 'natural high' event in Strathalbyn, engaging the youth and promoting a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

For the past three years, she has represented the region at the United Nations Youth Conference and last year also attended the State Government Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy Summit.

For over a decade, Tabitha has been a mentor and advocate for youth in the Strathalbyn community.

She has fostered confidence and life skills to countless young people through her involvement in the Strathalbyn Youth Theatre Group, Strathalbyn Players and the Church of Christ. Tabitha has also taught many people to swim through her role as swimming coach at the Strathalbyn Swimming Club and planned many entertainment events for the Strathalbyn Rotary; epitomising kindness, diversity and community mindedness.

Community Service of the Year Awards - Allan Pomery of Port Elliot and the Strathalbyn Rotary Club for the Great Duck Race.

Allan has been a long-standing contributing member to the Alexandrina community. Having worked with Alexandrina Council for almost 40 years, he has developed many skills through various roles which have seen him develop a detailed knowledge of the area.

Allan is also captain of the Port Elliot CFS Brigade and has volunteered his services both locally and interstate as required for many years, also training volunteers in all facets of the role.

For over 45 years, Allan has meticulously wound the clock at St Jude's Church in Port Elliot on a weekly basis and is a wealth of knowledge in local history.

The Strathalbyn Rotary Club has successfully run the Great Duck Race for over 30 years, raising significant funds to donate to local groups and charities. The ever-popular event is well supported by local businesses and community members, and attracts many people from outside of the region, who enjoy the spectacle and fanfare associated with the event.

Community Events of the Year - The South Coast Jazz Festival and the SA Rural Women's Gathering.

The inaugural South Coast Jazz Festival was held in Goolwa in October 2019, bringing a significant and much needed boost to the retail and hospitality sectors.

Featuring an eclectic program of quality jazz musicianship and entertainment, the festival was enjoyed by 500 delegates and attendees. Many came from around the country to enjoy the music of the festival and tourism offerings of the wider region.

The organising committee worked from the beginning of 2019 to secure musicians and involve local community groups and businesses; fostering inter-generational participation and support.

The SA Rural Women's Gathering was held in Strathalbyn in October 2019 and provided the opportunity for over 180 women from around the state to meet for three days of workshops, recreation and fun.

The organising committee worked tirelessly for 8 months to present a program which also included catering and entertainment for the participants.

Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes, congratulated all award recipients, and acknowledged the positive impact they have on our community.

"It is a privilege to recognise our 2020 Citizen of the Year award recipients. Through their generosity, tireless work ethic and humble nature, they exhibit the genuine identity of Alexandrina." Mr Parkes said.

"On behalf of Alexandrina Council, I acknowledge the exceptional involvement of these community groups and individuals, who are stalwarts of the region and selflessly offer their skills, experience and services to benefit our residents and visitors."

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