Alexandrina Council decides on its Australia Day Award winners

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Rotary Club Goolwa's Alan Williams is Goolwa's Citizen of the Year. He is pictured with Roger Sheldon promoting a local art and photographic event.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Rotary Club Goolwa's Alan Williams is Goolwa's Citizen of the Year. He is pictured with Roger Sheldon promoting a local art and photographic event.

Alexandrina Council has revealed the winners of its upcoming Australia Day Awards.

Awards to be handed out this year are Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Active Citizenship of the Year, and Mayor's Community Service Award.

One award will be handed out for both the Goolwa and Strathalbyn areas.

Goolwa's Citizen of the Year is Alan Williams, while Strathalbyn's Citizen of the Year is Mary Wilson.

Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes congratulated the pair on their awards and their contributions to the community.

He said Mr Williams was an avid volunteer and great mentor who helps wherever he can.

"In particular, he has made significant contributions via Rotary over many years - including organising defibrillators for key locations around Goolwa," Mr Parkes said.

"Alan is also a major driving force behind the Christmas decorations throughout Goolwa, the Goolwa Art and Photographic exhibition, and has been involved in many tree plantings in the region."

Mr Parkes said Ms Wilson, who is 98 years old, had dedicated a lifetime of service to the community - particularly Strathalbyn's healthcare system.

"Training as a nurse, she raised funds in the 1950s for a new Mothers and Babies Health Association building," he said.

"She was heavily involved with the Strathalbyn hospital - volunteering for the Women's Auxiliary for many years, and sitting on the Auxiliary Board and the Hospital Board itself for over a decade.

"Mary was a founding volunteer at the Hospital Op Shop in 1987 and worked there for 25 years, and delivered Meals on Wheels from the start of the service in 1975 for over 30 years."

Young Citizen of the Year for Goolwa is Rory Tyrrell and for Strathalbyn is James Leigh.

The Community Event of the Year in Goolwa is the Southern Surf Festival, and at Strathalbyn it is the Strathalbyn Bands Festival.

Goolwa Active Citizenship for 2022 goes to Jane McHugh, while the Strathalbyn award goes to Gilbert's Motor Museum.

Mr Parkes' nominations for the Mayor's Community Service Awards for 2022 were approved by the Australia Day Awards Committee.

The winners of this award are Todd Treacy (Goolwa) and Keith Turner (Strathalbyn).

Mr Parkes said was proud of the award recipients from the Alexandrina district.

"I'm incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to recognise the many people in our community so willing to share their time, energy and skills to make Alexandrina a great place," he said.

"The award winners are those standouts who really do go above and beyond, but I also believe they're the tip of the iceberg in a thriving, interconnected, selfless community."

He said it was important to acknowledge the people in our community through these awards for a few reasons.

"Firstly, these people do contribute selflessly, so they deserve acknowledgement and a bit of celebration," he said.

"Secondly, they set a high bar for the rest of us, and publicly recognising their efforts inspires others in the community.

"And finally, gratitude is strongly associated with increased happiness, so by taking the opportunity to thank the winners, we do ourselves much good as well."