Congratulations to Australia Day Award recipients - Coleambally and Darlington Point
The recipients of this year’s Australia Day Awards for Coleambally are:
- Citizen of the Year: Monika Burgess
- Young Citizen of the Year: Danielle Mannes
- Sportsperson of the Year: Phoebe White
- Junior Sportsperson: Laura Mannes
- Sub-junior Sportsperson: Dallas Hickey
- Sporting Team of the Year: Coleambally Bowling Club Men’s Pennant Team
- Cultural Award: Lucy Bolton
- Event of the Year: Toby Price Challenge
Pictured (Back) L-R Australia Day Ambassador Warren Potent, Young Citizen of the Year Danielle Mannes, Event of the Year Stephen Hardy Toby Price Challenge, Mayor Ruth McRae, Ian Sutherland Coleambally Bowling Club Men’s Pennant Team, Junior Sportsperson Laura Mannes. (Front) Sportsperson of the Year Phoebe White, Sub-junior Sportsperson Dallas Hickey, Cultural Awards Lucy Bolton. Absent: Citizen of the Year Monika Burgess.
Coleambally Australia Day Committee Chair Penny Sheppard warmly congratulated the recipients and nominees.
Mrs Sheppard said each and every one of you are amazing. You all play an important part in making Coleambally such a wonderful place to live.
“You have done yourselves and your community proud and it is a great honour that you have been recognised for your exceptional achievements,” Mrs Sheppard said.
The recipients of the 2020 Australia Day Awards for Darlington Point are:
- Citizen of the Year: Tegan Volleberg and Annie Mitchell (tied)
- Young Citizen of the Year: Shania Hughes
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Thomas Fattore
- Sporting Team of the Year: Darlington Point/Coleambally First Grade Rugby League Team
- Event/Group Achievement of the Year – 2RG Sunshine Club – Darlington Point Branch
Pictured (Back) L-R Australia Day Ambassador Warren Potent, Group Achievement of the Year 2RG Sunshine Club Sue Porter, Citizen of the Year (joint) Tegan Volleberg, Mayor Ruth McRae. (Front) Sporting Team of the Year Darlington Point/Coleambally First Grade Rugby League Team Cindy Eldridge, Citizen of the Year (joint) Annie Mitchell and Young Citizen of the Year Shania Hughes. Absent: Junior Sportsperson of theYear, Thomas Fattore.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae congratulated all of the recipients on their awards.
Cr McRae said the recipients should all be very proud of their achievements. It’s a terrific honour to be recognised by your peers and the community.
“You have all made a big difference to the community. Whether it be in a voluntary capacity, such as our Citizen of the Year, Monika Burgess, or on the sporting field, like our Sportsperson of the Year, Phoebe White.
“I also congratulate all those who were nominated because that in itself is a great achievement and shows just how big a mark you have made on your community”.
“I’d like to thank this year’s Australia Day Ambassador, Warren Potent, who has so generously given his time.
“I hope Mr Potent and his partner have enjoyed their trip to regional NSW”.
Cr McRae thanked the Australia Day committees at Coleambally and Darlington Point who have worked so hard to make the Australia Day events a reality.
Read all the Messages from our Mayor here.
Winter is upon us and the year is passing way too quickly! Much anticipated follow up rainfall is trickling in, and we live in hope that it does in fact arrive.
Water and better management of the Murray Darling Basin has been on the agenda this week with the release of a key position paper on water. The paper recommends major changes to the way water is managed.
I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has provided feedback on the Town Revitalisation Project. Throughout the last two weeks we have received a tremendous amount of input and ideas about ways to revitalise our townships.
Another week at the coal face. While acknowledging the very real challenge and urgency of trying to contain this insidious virus, we must continue to do all in our power to support those trying to conduct business, those delivering our aged care and health services and those educating and caring for our children. Our community’s sustainability depends on it.
It’s Local Government Week 2020, and at Murrumbidgee Council we are using the event to highlight the broad range of services we offer to our community, including some surprising and little-known services.
We have certainly had an icy blast in the last week, which thankfully brought with it some good follow up rains. It is exciting to see the lights up and working at Jerilderie’s Monash Park. This project was funded by Council through a $158,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. The junior teams and key personnel are using the lights, which is great.
We’re already in September and are certainly getting on with things. Needless to say, we’re still very much in a state of uncertainty. The everyday need to conduct business is challenging and frustrating. Our geographical location quite clearly demonstrates strong pathways and linkages both to the east and south. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, a considered rationale will enable our region to move again. At Council, we, like other businesses, are continuing to deliver our essential services. We’re also continuing to advocate for movement with every other aspect.
Spring is with us, and as we slowly emerge from our very unnatural year, our countryside certainly speaks to renewal, optimism and opportunity.
Spring has certainly brought some challenging conditions. We wait, with optimism, at what promises to be a great harvest – let’s hope the weather Gods play nicely and allow the area to fulfil its potential!
It is all hands on deck as we move towards the close of 2020. Business “as usual” sees us busy but adapting to a different way of delivering what we need to. Our harvest is in full swing and a hive of activity with machinery, trucks and people working long hours to get the crops off. From all reports it is producing some outstanding returns.
On behalf of Murrumbidgee Council, we offer our best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year to all in our Council and greater region. It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of 2020. It’s been a roller coaster and the ride is one we don’t wish to revisit any time soon.
The start of 2021 has been busy and we are already into autumn! Our region has received significant rain, and the country and our waterways have been replenished. A bountiful harvest was a very welcome reward in a year that had been seriously challenging. Our small businesses continue to press on with resilience and optimism, and it is my hope that we are supporting them as best we can and that the new normal will provide us with a sustainable way forward.
The seasons are progressing quickly and 2021 is disappearing at a rate of knots. After a very warm Easter break - perfect for camping and family gatherings - we have moved onto shorter days and cooler evenings and mornings.
This month we have been blessed with some very welcome and timely rain - almost too good to be true. We are, however, mindful of the havoc that was caused by the torrential rains, particularly for our coastal counterparts. It is our hope that the damage and chaos can be managed as best it can.
May has been hectic, to say the least, with a lot of time spent on the road engaging with our representative bodies. This has included appearing before the Parliamentary Inquiry into Health Outcomes and Access to Health and Hospital Services in Rural, Regional and Remote New South Wales. In our brief appearance, and the follow up that we have witnessed, it is glaringly apparent that the way our health care is delivered, by whom it is delivered and our equity in this space, all require serious remodelling.