Australia Day Awards 2020

Sorell Council’s Australia Day Awards were presented on Friday 24 January 2020 at the Sorell Memorial Hall.

Four Awards were presented and 14 new citizens were welcomed in a Citizenship Ceremony.

The recipients of Sorell Council’s 2020 Australia Day Awards, as presented by Mayor Kerry Vincent were –

Citizen of the Year – Saakia Itchins

Saakia is an exceptional person, professional and completely dedicated to the development of the arts and theatre culture in Sorell. She is a founding member of Sorell on Stage, establishing the very active theatre group which is now successfully in its 10th year. Saakia is an active member of other local organisations such as Sorell History Group and South East Arts. She  works with students from Sorell School to promote arts and culture to the younger age groups. Saakia is an accomplished artist in her own right. She has painted significant murals to recognise important events in and around Sorell, one being in the Neil Davis car park that recognises the achievement of a local hero Neil Davis and his journalist work.  Saakia is an invaluable asset to the Sorell community.

Saakia Itchins recipient of Citizen of the Year 2020

Young Citizen of the Year – Orana Bolland-Shaw

Orana wrote and performed a song representing the experience of young people and children experiencing the homelessness crises in Tasmania in 2019.  She collaborated with Monique Brumby to perform at the National Launch of Homelessness Week in Hobart. This received local and national media coverage highlighting the plight of young people and their families.  She also performed live on ABC radio.  Orana is a young advocate for human rights and social justice.

Orana Bolland-Shaw recipient of Young Citizen of the Year 2020

Community Group of the Year – Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club

Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club has a membership of over 270 from ages 5 through to 78. The club patrols at Carlton and Park Beach every weekend and public holiday (even Christmas Day) from the beginning of December through to the end of March. During this time they conduct roving patrols to Park Beach and along Carlton River. The Club has the highest number of bronze medallion trainers in the state, almost doubling the second highest club in Tasmania. Last season Carlton Park members voluntarily patrolled a total of 2,518 hours. Their popular Nipper program has over 100 Nippers enrolled this year.

Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club (represented by Viv Jones) Community Group of the Year 2020

Community Event of the Year – Lantern Parade (Okines Community House)

The lantern parade was held in partnership with Dodges Ferry Primary School. It attracted approximately 350+ people to celebrate the diversity in the community.  School workshops took place in the lead up making lanterns and 28 volunteers contributed to making the event successful. South East Arts, local artists, and local musicians were also involved making it a true community event.

Lantern Parade by Okines Community House (represented by Linly Wiggins) Community Event of the Year 2020

Well done to the recipients and all the nominees.

Photos by The Sea is for Me Photography by Lucy Bradshaw –

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