The Australia Day Awards were presented at a special event on Thursday 25 January at the Sorell Memorial Hall. The Australia Day Awards recognise those individuals in our community who make a significant contribution or achieve something special. Council was pleased to receive so many quality nominations across the four categories.
The recipients of Sorell Council’s 2016 Australia Day Awards, as presented by Mayor Kerry Vincent and Deputy Mayor Brett McDonald, were –
Citizen of the Year – Marsha Batchelor
Marsha has been involved with many community groups over the years including Sorell Cricket Club, Sorell Play group, Sorell School Parents and Friends and after school and ladies social netball. She is an active and committed member of South East Little Athletics of which she was awarded Life Membership in 2013. Marsha founded the South East Netball Association (SENA) in 2014 and has been the President since its inception. SENA has grown from 8 teams in its first year to 21 teams with over 500 current members.
Young Citizen of the Year – Makayla Claxton
Makayla has set a fine example for young people in our municipality through her commitment to ongoing personal education and learning in the face of very challenging circumstances. She was successful in completing direct portfolio entry to UTAS – to study a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Makayla was awarded the Sorell School Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Years 11 and 12.
Community Event of the Year – Old Mates Day
Old Mates day was started in 2016 by Terry White with the purpose of getting ‘Old Mates’ together for a time of renewing and re-acquainting old friendships over a meal and a drink. The 2017 event saw the Rotary Club of Sorell and Sorell Lions Club come together to support him in organising the event to allow an opportunity for more people from across the municipality to attend. The event was also well supported by many local young famers providing meat and produce as well as preparing the food on the day. The day was a great success with over 300 people attending and enjoying the fellowship and meal.
Community Group of the Year – Southern Beaches Regional Arts
SBRA was established in 1996 with the group taking part in Australia Day Events, Community Events, Art Exhibitions and Community Workshops in the years since. For the past 5 years SBRA have organised the annual Sorell Regional Art Exhibition and held annual art retreats. In 2013/2014 they established a co-op, the 3 Peaks Gallery, a small art/gift artisan shop in Gordon Street which is the only art place in Sorell.
Council sincerely congratulates these individuals and groups on their well-earned recognition.
Nominations for the 2019 Australia Day Awards will open later in 2018.
Australia Day Ambassador Heather Francis
Mayor Kerry Vincent