The Murchison Australia Day Committee do a really great job in organising a wonderful event every year and it just seems to get better and better!
This year we had Dr. Sharman Stone as our guest speaker. Sharman is now the
Ambassador for Women and Girls with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In her address Sharman related the stories of two hard working ‘ordinary’ Australians who made an impact on many lives and received officially recognition of their achievements; Pastor Doug Nicholls who was knighted for his work to promote Aboriginal rights and Albert Borella, whose bravery earned him a Victoria Cross during WW1. Both men persevered against all odds to succeed.
We were entertained by Bec Hence firstly leading us in the National Anthem and then singing two great songs with very suitable themes following on from Sharman Stone’s address about the privileges of living in Australia, showing tolerance between many different cultures, valuing what our country provides, and that we can all achieve great things by good honest work, and mateship.
Denni Bathman was the Junior Speaker this year. Denni was one of the Murchison Primary School Captains for 2017 and counted it an honour to represent the school at many functions throughout the year. Denni said she had a great year in this role and learnt many leadership skills. She is passionate about her local community and all that the town offers. Denni will attend Notre Dame College this year.
It was delightful to see the littlest members of our town confidently walk up the dais steps to receive prizes and certificates for colouring and essay competitions. The photography competition had 54 entries this year – some wonderful images on show for the theme ‘3610 – Love Where You Live’. The judges had a tough time deciding the winners. First prize went to Sandy Sullivan for a photo entitled ‘Perfection’ – an image of relaxing by the river.
The Junior Soccer Team had a very good year with very few matches lost and also received recognition with the Sports Award.
Young Citizen of the Year of the Year was awarded to Sara Louise Niglia, a very talented 25 year old teacher with many qualifications and accomplishments associated with sport. Sara’s outstanding achievement in 2017 was coaching a local teenager to win the Under 20 Oceania Weight Lifting Championship. Sara is taking up a teaching position at a Secondary School in Kew this year.
Citizen of the Year was our wonderful senior citizen, Una Stone who is indeed a deserving recipient of the honour. Una has been a caring supporter of people and every organisation in the town for many, many years. She is renowned for supplying superb food and baking when there is an occasion or fundraising event, without ever receiving any payment. Her jelly slices and ginger fluff sponges are mouth-watering! But more than this she is a quiet, behind the scenes supporter for those in need.
It was a very hot day and being at the swimming pool was a great location and of course the Duck Grand Prix was a suitable event to hold in the heat. The children in the water had a splashing good time!
Lining up for the beginning of the Duck Grand Prix!