Cobden’s Kelvin White is Corangamite Shire’s 2022 Citizen of the Year.
He was presented with the award at the official celebrations at the Cobden Recreation Reserve.
The Young Citizen of the Year award was presented to Darcy Tribe, of Port Campbell.
The Community Event of the Year award went to the Anzac Commemoration Service 2021—Cobden Technical School & Cobden Cemetery Trust.
Australia Day Ambassador Sue Calwell gave the keynote address.
Mr White has a long history of mentoring young people as an educator at Cobden Technical School and with South West LLEN, Beyond the Bell and Corangamite L2P program.
He has a long administrative history with local and regional cricket, volleyball, the Cobden Recreation Centre and Cobden Sports Club. In community development he is active in Progressing Cobden, the Cobden Business Network, events, festivals and bushfire recovery. He was involved in developing the town’s Twenty20 Vision and the Cobden Story project.
“I’m feeling very humble and privileged to be acknowledged in this way,” Mr White said.
“I’m pleased to accept the award on behalf of volunteers both in Cobden and across the Shire.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with so many great people in many different organisations.
“There are personal benefits for people who volunteer as well as for the communities themselves.
“I hope it encourages people of all ages to help where they can so Corangamite Shire can remain strong and be an inviting place to live.”
Young Citizen of the Year Mr Tribe is Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club Captain and has launched new initiatives to increase patrols and encourage female involvement and engage schools. He is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team and on the call-out list for Coastal Rescue Service.
Mr Tribe said he had been very lucky to grow up in Port Campbell.
“Volunteering has just been a part of life down there. I’ve had a lot of great family members and cultural figures around the town who have led the way before me.
“I’m just carrying the baton ready to give on to the next generation.
“The great thing about volunteering is you can take bigger roles or just do your little bit to contribute to the town and the community.”
Cobden Technical School Community Engagement Coordinator Andrea Stoddart said the Anzac Day project grew from a mission to connect students with the community. Students found and marked the graves of 37 veterans with an Australian flag for the Anzac Day service.
“What was amazing about the project was the willingness of the community members to embrace this event. The interest and pride grew exponentially.
“It was born in March and happened in two months. It brought together so many people from different walks of life.
She praised the students on their efforts and mentioned the invaluable contributions of the Cobden Cemetery Trust’s Trevor Roberts and Gerard Gleeson, RSL Camperdown Sub-Branch President Alan Fleming, Trevor Gardner and the Progressing Cobden Community Podcast, Vietnam veteran Ron Greagen, 30-year naval officer and school electrical teacher Michael Nixon, the late Alma MacDonald and Bernie Dunn and the Lakes and Craters Band.
Corangamite Shire Mayor Ruth Gstrein congratulated the winners and 40 recipients of Australia Day achievement awards.
“We are very fortunate in our Shire to have so many community-minded people who are willing to give their time and energy to supporting the wider community,” Cr Gstrein said.
“Together they have made contributions across a wide range of caring, sporting, cultural and supportive activities.
“Today we recognise them—the committees they work with and the families who support them—and say: ‘Thank you for your role in making Corangamite Shire a great place to live’.”
• Helen Arundel – Port Campbell
• Lesley Barnewall – Port Campbell
• Maureen Bond David Newman Adult Day Centre, Camperdown
• Julie Brazier – Port Campbell
• Thomas Brett – Lismore
• Avon Buchholz – Lismore
• John Cheslett – Camperdown
• David Clarke – Scotts Creek
• Sharon Cotton – Port Campbell
• Maureen Crameri, David Newman Adult Day Centre, Camperdown
• Lee Edge – Timboon
• Lara Falk – Cooriemungle
• Cathy Frusher, David Newman Adult Day Centre, Camperdown
• Fiona Hawkes – Simpson
• Heytesbury Horse Trials – Heytesbury Pony Club
• Jordyn Hickey – Camperdown
• Nigel Hooker – Lismore
• Angela Kemp, David Newman Adult Day Centre, Camperdown
• Gary Kimber – Cobden
• Jo Leatham – Port Campbell
• Lions Club Of Lismore & District – Lismore
• Tess Lourey – Terang
• Amanda Nash – Port Campbell
• Betty O’Brien – Port Campbell
• Janet O’Hehir – Camperdown
• Jenny O’Keeffe – Terang
• James O’Shea – Camperdown
• Barbara Pett – Skipton
• James Rylance – Timboon
• Ivan Sanders – Skipton
• Annie Schofield – Port Campbell
• Loris Shannon – Lismore
• Anne Smith – Camperdown
• Doug Smith – Skipton
• Kathy Sproules – Skipton
• Natasha Swayn – Camperdown
• Throwing A Lifeline During COVID-19 – David Newman Adult Day Centre
• Noorat Terang Fun Run & Walk – Terang & District Lions Club
• Vintage Fashion Parade – Garden Club Progress
• WDEA Works Clean Cut – Terang