MRC lists its Oz Day superstars

By Riverine Herald

MURRAY River Council has announced its Australia Day Awards recipients for 2019.

Six individuals and groups have been honoured for their contribution to the local community:

■ Citizen of the year: Sandra Andrews

■ Young Citizen of the year: Leonard McClay

■ Young Sportsperson of the Year: Alvin Cooper

■ Community Event of the Year: Moulamein Football Netball Club- Golden Rivers Football League Grand Final

■ Community Group of the Year: Barham Boardwalk Committee

■ Arts/Culture Award: Narelle Whitham

MRC mayor Chris Bilkey said the awards acknowledged the achievements of individuals and groups who worked so tirelessly to make our community a better place.

“On behalf of council, I would like to acknowledge all the nominees and congratulate this year’s award winners who are a shining example of how we can all have a positive and lasting impact in our community,’’ he said.

“From community volunteering, community events, sporting achievement, and artistic contributions, this year’s awards reflect the vast and varied number of contributors across our area.

“It is their efforts that add to the story of Murray River Council and make it such a great place to live.’’

The 2019 recipients will be presented with their award at the Murray River Council Australia Day ceremonies on January 26, with breakfasts to be held in Echuca-Moama, Barham, Mathoura, Wakool, Koraleigh, Tooleybuc and Moulamein.

The seven MRC breakfasts will form part of more than 780 local community celebrations to be held on the day across the nation.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate all the valuable and passionate community members we have in our council than joining together at our Australia Day breakfasts,’’ Cr Bilkey said.

“I urge all of our community to get out and about on January 26th to celebrate our country and have a great day of fun with family and friends.’’

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