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Big Aussie celebrations across Strathbogie

By James Bennett

Violet Town, Nagambie and Euroa all claimed top honours for the Strathbogie Shire Australia Day awards on Sunday.

Euroa singer-songwriter Greg Dudley took the shire's Citizen of the Year award, while two award winners came from Nagambie and two from Violet Town.

Mr Dudley performs for Euroa Senior Citizens, district nursing homes and Euroa U3A plus his ‘Sund’y by the Sevens’ free concerts have been running since November 2012.

He also is a committee member of the Euroa Wool Week Committee and Euroa Museum.

Long time volunteer for the Nagambie on Water Festival Ashleigh Butcher was named Strathbogie Shire Young Citizen of the Year.

Ashleigh Butcher was named Strathbogie Shire Young Citizen of the Year.

She was recognised for her enthusiasm, coordinating and engagement.

She has also been an active member of Evolve Youth for many years and Seymour College school captain last year.

Go Nagambie has been described as the voice of the Nagambie business community.

Its promotion of Nagambie's tourism opportunities including GoFish Nagambie and the High St beautification project earned it Community Organisation of the Year.

The Southern Aurora's Commemorative Weekend's timeless tribute to the 50th anniversary of the train crash in February 1969 was deemed the Community Event of the Year.

Australia Day Ambassador for Nagambie Fabian Dattner, Nagambie Citizen of the Year Norm Cahill and Mayor of Strathbogie Shire Amanda McClaren.

The Violet Town committee brought people associated with the tragedy together to recognise the the nine people killed and 117 injured.

On February 7, a minute’s silence was observed at the precise time of the collision, 7.03 am, and coincided with the railway authorities lowering the boom gates in recognition.

A $250 000 memorial garden was opened to recognise one of the worst train disasters in Australia's history.

Macey Ross helps out whenever she can for the Violet Town Football Netball Club.

New Australian citizen Thi Bich Hyong Nguyen with her certificate and plant to celebrate being awarded Australian citizenship at Nagambie on Australia Day by Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren.

Whether it's playing, scoring, working the canteen, or carrying water, Macey is there to help out.

For her efforts she was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

The Australia Day award winners for Euroa, Nagambie and Violet Town are as follows:

 

Euroa

Citizen of the Year: Greg Dudley.

Community Organisation of the Year: Euroa SES and Euroa Basketball Association.

Community Event of the Year: Euroa Chamber of Business and Commerce.

Junior Citizen of the Year: Grace Kemp.

Young Citizen of the Year: Euroa Secondary College captains Tess Manson and Robert Paradzayi.

Nagambie

Citizen of the Year: Norm Cahill.

Community Organisation of the Year: Go Nagambie.

Community Event of the Year: GoFish Nagambie.

Junior Citizen of the Year: Campbell Baker, Charlie Cubbin, Brodie Miller, Eliza Shelton, Jacinta Swan and Hugh Traynor-Murphy.

Young Citizen of the Year: Ashley Butcher.

Violet Town

Citizen of the Year: Karen Dunn.

Community Organisation of the Year: Southern Aurora Memorial Committee.

Community Event of the Year: Southern Aurora Commemorative Weekend.

Junior Citizen of the Year: Macey Ross.

Young Citizen of the Year: Sharon Kaup.