Awards

Huon Valley Council’s Australia Day and National Volunteer Week awards are presented annually to recognise the achievements and contributions made by Huon Valley residents.

Awards are presented at the following ceremonies:

Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sport Award
  • Community Event or Group of the Year

National Volunteer Week Ceremony

  • Voluntary Service Award (under 5 years of service)
  • Special Voluntary Service Award (5 – 10 years of service)
  • Outstanding Voluntary Service Award (in excess of 10 years of service)

For further information please contact us.

2019 Winners

2019 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for significant contribution to the Huon Valley community and promoting strong community values.
Eric Fernandez

Eric Fernandez of Ranelagh is remembered as a man of compassion and understanding who spent his life quietly involved in all aspects of his community.

He worked as a teacher in a number of countries and eventually settled in the Huon Valley when he retired.

Eric was heavily involved in the Huon Disability Network. In a Huon Valley Youth Services film project he was quoted as saying he wanted nothing more than for people to be thoughtful, kind and considerate of people with disabilities. This is how his community saw him.

Eric was also a long-standing member of the Lions Club of the Huon Valley and was regularly seen working the barbecue on a Saturday morning at the local hardware shop raising funds for the group.

He was a lover of music. A passion which saw him take the community on a journey of appreciation during his regular segment on Huon FM.

On top of his many commitments Eric was also involved with the Huon Valley Theatre Company and served as its president.

He would regularly visit people who were unable to get out and about and actively welcomed new people into the community. On one occasion he went out of his way to welcome an Indian priest to the community cooking meals for the visitor and taking him on a trip to the mainland to show him other parts of the country.

Sadly, Eric passed away last year. His posthumous nomination for this award is a sign of appreciation from his entire community. He will be greatly missed.
2019 YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for a significant contribution to, and as an inspirational role model for, the Huon Valley community.
Tamara Jacobson

Since she was 8 Tamara Jacobson has been a member of the Huon Districts Pony Club. For the past 18 years she has consistently represented the club in teams and individually. She has coached and ridden in the club’s games team at state level and competed in the Royal Hobart Show’s prestigious Team of Three event since she was 9. She has been successfully coaching the teams for the past 6 years.

She has served as president of the pony club’s junior committee, run its canteen and been involved in numerous fundraisers. She has donated at least 50 hours of her time year on year to her club and the sport she loves.

Tamara was recognised a high achiever award in her last competing year, at the age of 21, by Pony Club Tasmania, and has since continued her involvement as a coach and adult rider.

She was nominated for this award for her exemplary sportsmanship and values and is considered a wonderful role model to the community.
2019 COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Given for outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Huon Valley community.
Huon Agricultural Society – Huon Show

The Huon Show is one of the state’s favourite and enduring Agricultural events. Throughout its 72 years the show has been run entirely by volunteers of all ages.

While Agricultural events are on the decline around the country the Huon Show continues to thrive attracting up to 14,000 visitors every year.

The Show is a true celebration of our region with participation from the SES, local fire brigades, football clubs, Apex, Rotary and Lions Clubs and many more. It also allows more than 100 local business and groups to runs stalls giving them invaluable exposure.

It is impossible to calculate how many volunteers make the show the success that it is, from organisers, stewards, helpers, judges, exhibitors, stall holders and others the numbers would run into the thousands.

The Huon Show was nominated for this award because it truly brings the community together in a celebration of the Huon Valley Lifestyle.
2019 SPORTS AWARD

Given for a noteworthy record of achievement in Sport, or for making a significant contribution and encouraging sporting activities within the Huon Valley.
Grace Lovell

Grace Lovell’s commitment to women’s football and cricket in the Huon Valley has made a lasting impression on our community.

During last year’s football season she coached a girl’s junior team with the Houn Lions while playing for the Southern Storm. She then went on to back up in cricket season, coaching a junior team for Huon North while competing in the inaugural open women’s competition.

Supporters say Grace shows young girls that you don’t have to be the best to play a sport and is considered a great role model for girls and women in her community.
2019 SPECIAL COMMENDATIONDover South and Action Group for the Dover Seafest

Dover and South Action Group was nominated for its efforts organising the return of the Dover Seafest.

The event was praised as a resounding success with a great turnout from the Dover community and surrounding areas. It’s hoped Seafest will continue to bring many visitors to the far south for years to come.

2018 Winners

2018 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for significant contribution to the Huon Valley community and promoting strong community values.
Pam Lane

Many of you will know Pam from her extensive community work in her roles at Huonville High, the last one being Assistant Principal before her retirement.

Pam has already been recognised for her teaching being the only Tasmanian finalist to win one of the Australian Scholarship Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for 2016. Pam was selected from more than 1350 nominations in 2016, and honoured for her inspiring and innovative contribution to teaching and her outstanding commitment to education.

For a number of years, Pam (along with Nic Smith) has been involved largely as chief organiser for students from Huonville High School to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia where they visit orphanages and help build houses for needy families. Students build the houses by hand and work together to complete the project during their stay. It is not a holiday, but more an experience in gratitude and awareness and humanitarian aid.

Students and parents say the experience is life changing. In addition, Pam takes a group of adults every second year. They participate in the same house building model, sleep on the floor and work all day long to improve the life of a family in need.

Pam was instrumental in setting up the Coffee for a Cause program at Huonville High School. Started with a grant from Council, students are trained by qualified baristas and once trained volunteer at events festivals and functions. All profits raised go the School’s SWAP Program which works to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of poverty at School and within the local community and raises money to support poverty based and humanitarian projects around the world.

Pam is currently developing swim safety programs at the Huonville Pool through Royal Life Saving and is also a founding member of SOAR - Sisters on a Roll, the Huon Valley Women’s cycling group.
2018 YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for a significant contribution to, and as an inspirational role model for, the Huon Valley community.
Toby Thorpe

Toby Thorpe is a student in year 11 at Huonville High School and has demonstrated outstanding leadership, confidence, and commitment as leader of the student Zayed Huon Energy Futures Team at Huonville High School for the last two years.

In 2017 he was selected from the student team to go to Abu Dhabi and accept the Zayed Future Energy Prize on behalf of the students at the school. He has been responsible for building social media and the website, which resulted in an outstanding number of 375,000 people connecting with Huonville High School promoting the school and community as a sustainable and renewable area.

Toby has enthusiastically promoted our small rural high school on the international arena. He has spoken to a group of Principals at an education conference in Fiji and to a number of students and teachers around Australia and New Zealand.

Toby applied for a grant from Keep Australia Beautiful to build a Pet Bottle Greenhouse in the Community Garden. He has single-handedly initiated recycling in the school including toner cartridges, toiletries and beauty container waste. He also successfully applied for an Inspiring Australia grant enabling an extra 4 students to go to Abu Dhabi for International Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in 2018 when the school returns to report on their progress.

Toby is a member of the Huon Valley Council’s Youth Advisory Committee representing the youth of this community. He represented the council at the Tasmanian Youth Conference this year. Toby is also representing the Huon Valley at the upcoming Tasmanian Youth Government Conference.

Toby was also the secretary of the Huonville Lions Junior Football Club for the 2017 season working together with volunteers all around the Huon Valley to run an effective and enjoyable not-for-profit sporting club.

Toby is very motivated, dedicated and genuine and will readily accept advice. He has developed exceptional leadership talents that will continue to motivate him to represent positive on-going initiatives for the Huon community.
2018 COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Given for outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Huon Valley community.
Huon Agricultural Society – Small Farms Expo

The Small Farms Expo is run on the last Sunday in March each year and provides an outlet for hobby farmers and other primary producers in the Huon Valley to show case their goods and services. Visitors are encouraged to make a gold coin donation for entry.

The Expo began in 2015 and has steadily built up visitor numbers. The 2017 Expo saw attracted approximately 6,000 visitors. There has also been an increase in the number of businesses exhibiting on the day.

The Expo currently has the backing of the Huon Agricultural Society but is working its way to financial autonomy with a number of local businesses donating to the running costs.

The hard work, commitment and dedication of this team has brought value, recognition and community spirit to the Huon which is reflected by its success. The Expo provides a focal point for like minded persons to attend and enjoy what the Huon Valley can offer and the lifestyle it promotes.
2018 SPORTS AWARD

Given for a noteworthy record of achievement in Sport, or for making a significant contribution and encouraging sporting activities within the Huon Valley.
Meegan Tongs

Meegan joined the Huon Valley Swim Club (formally Huonville Amateur Swimming Club) at the age of 8 as her parents had purchased a boat and they needed to know that Meegan was safe on the water. Throughout the next 10 years as a competitive swimmer she represented the Huon Valley at the Tasmanian Winter Short Course, Summer Long Course, Tasmanian Age, Country Championships which has been renamed recently as the Huon Medal Meet. She was appointed Vice Captain, Team Manager and then Club Captain of a highly competitive swimming Club.

At St James Catholic College, Meegan represented her school at the Southern Primary Schools Sport Assoc. Swimming Championships 5 years in a row and was awarded the title Female Class Champion for those 5 years.

Over the years Meegan has also donated her time in taking part in many fundraising activities for the Club, including a swimathon, relay for life, selling raffle tickets outside Woolworths, and selling chocolates. I’m sure you’ll agree, Meegan is a worthy recipient of this year’s Sports Award.

2017 Winners

2017 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for significant contribution to the Huon Valley community and strong community values.
Lorraine Whelan

Lorraine’s passion is recording and preserving the history of Glen Huon and Judbury and the surrounding areas. She has lived most of her life in the Valley and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the stories of our pioneers are not lost or forgotten.

Lorraine has been involved with the Glen Progress Association, the Glen Huon Hall Committee, and the Bendigo Bank Steering Committee just to name a few.

She has worked as a coordinator of the Upper Huon Historical Society where she volunteered more than 1500 hours each year working on the history of the Valley and its people.

Lorraine is cataloging and recording the past and present history of the pioneering families, their homes, marriages, deaths, lands, military service and recreational activities. She has accumulated and preserved vast amounts of pictorial memorabilia and now produces a yearly calendar.

We live in a time of rapid change, a time of progress. But history does matter. History is important because it helps us to understand the present. The people who settled and lived where we now live, have helped shaped our values and contributed to the idea of who we are.

Lorraine passion and dedication and that of other local historians help us keep the threads and origins of our local stories and as such, play a vital role in shining a light on our past and ensuring we can pass these on to future generations.
2017 YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for a significant contribution to, and as an inspirational role model for, the Huon Valley community.
Annastasia Bedford

In her final year of a Bachelor of Marine Science degree at UTAS, places a high demand on Annastasia's time, however she still devotes many hours volunteering in the community.

The Port Cygnet Scout Group has been a big part of Annastasia's life, joining as a Venturer Scout in 2010 when we moved to the area.

In her time as a Venturer she earned her Queen Scout Award and attained other various certificates including first aid, open water SCUBA diving ticket, day skippers ticket and motor boat licence. In 2011, Annastasia became a youth helper with the Joey section and continued on as assistant leader and eventually Joey Scout leader in 2015 and will soon be taking up the position as Cub Scout Leader.

As part of her Scouting life, Annastasia has attended camps in Tasmania and New Zealand as a Venturer, and in Azerbaijan (AZ-UR-BUY-JARN) as a leader, where she was selected as the only Australian representative to attend the camp as part of the international service team.

Annastasia is also the State Pen Pal Coordinator for Scouts Tasmania.

In May 2010, Annastasia joined the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre as a volunteer and has continued to volunteer there. encouraging children to take an interest in their environment and discussing the possibilities available to them in their future.

In November 2015, Annastasia was offered a position as a part of a group of 12 young Australians to attend 'The Ship for World Youth Leaders',

The participants board the SWY, live together, and while on board, they study and discuss common issues from a global perspective and participate in other various activities that involve multi-cultural and multi-national exchange opportunities.
2017 COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Given for outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Huon Valley community.
Geeveston Town Hall Company – Twilight Feast

To understand the success of the Geeveston Town Hall - Twilight Feast, one must first have some understanding of the background of the Geeveston Town Hall (GTH). The GTH is currently managed by a volunteer group representing the local community, that have a plan for Geeveston and more importantly the Town Hall, which the former tenants vacated after a change in direction by Forestry Tasmania.

The GTH co. as the volunteers are known, have managed the Town Hall since taking over during 2015 to create a Community precinct that encompasses a Visitors Centre, Museum and History Society, a Commercial Gallery that offers local produce to the estimated 40,000 to 60,000 visitors per annum to the Centre.

During this time the GTH co. have run a number of events that are ongoing, including local monthly markets, a Networking event in April 2016, the Variety TasBashers in October 2016. An Art exhibition during Oct - Nov 2016, Which encompassed both school age and open categories that was held in conjunction with the Blossoms in the Valley Festival, that is held in Geeveston. These events along with providing services and advice to local businesses has led to a "whole of Community" benefit, emanating from the GTH.

The Jewel in the Crown of the GTH co. is most certainly the Geeveston Town Hall Twilight Feasts, that have been held regularly on the first Thursday of the month. The Geeveston Town Hall Twilight Feasts, have been incredibly well patronised and each twilight feast itself is generated by local businesses and community groups, which work together for the benefit of the community and their businesses. Some of the funds raised assist "Geeveston Cares" a group that assist those in short term need in our Community. The food varies at each feast, with interest always very high and food quality and price range exceptional and affordable.

The reason Carol and I feel so strongly about the Twilight Feasts, and their value to the Geeveston Community, hence this nomination, is that the event has been incredibly important to Geeveston. Geeveston has had an image of being a difficult town in which to integrate for new residents, many of whom are new to Tasmania.

Without delving too much into the socio economic issues and past history within the region as a whole, this event is the one event that is patronised by long standing residents and very recently arrived residents, from all levels of our community and because of the nature of the event and the close proximity of each person in the Hall, the community is more welcoming, more understanding and certainly a more friendly environment for all our residents to meet and gain a greater understanding of each other our past and our future. We have seen this occur regularly at the Twilight Feast.
2017 SPORTS AWARD

Given for a noteworthy record of achievement in Sport, or for making a significant contribution and encouraging sporting activities within the Huon Valley.
Nicola Smith and Pam Lane – Sisters on a Roll (S.O.A.R.)

On behalf of S.O.A.R I wish to nominate Nicola Smith and Pam Lane for their initiative, support and ongoing dedication to our women's bike riding group.

Women on Wheels now known as S.O.A.R (Sisters On A Roll) first started in March 2016, with just a handful of women. Most of us hadn't ridden a bike in years and we were totally lacking in confidence and ability.

However with gentle encouragement and endless amounts of support Nic and Pam managed to coax us out for our first few rides. Loaning us their own bikes and providing reflective safety gear they took us on short rides that quickly gained in length and difficulty - "just a small pinch here and a gentle climb there".... What at first seemed impossible soon became challenging, rewarding and fun. It didn't take long before we were hooked!

Our numbers continued to grow each week so Nic and Pam secured Community Grant Funding which enabled them to purchase several loan bikes (for our new-riders). With these funds they also arranged a bike maintenance workshop where we were shown how to change flat tires and service our bikes etc. With the knowledge and gear needed we then felt empowered!

Thanks to Nic and Pam we now have 44-Sisters On A Roll. Our group is strong, self-sufficient and continues to welcome new members.

Riding provides me with an excellent form of exercise, it is gentle on my joints and is great cardio. But the group is more than just a means of exercise it has also been a great way of connecting with new people and making new friends. There is no way that I would have even considered bike riding before and I am so very grateful to Nic and Pam for getting the group going.

Nic and Pam have a proven history of service to the Huon Valley Community through various programs and they work tirelessly to fund raise for many ongoing projects both locally and internationally. Their involvement in S.O.A.R is one example of their wonderful work, but one that that has positively impacted many people. We sincerely hope that their amazing contribution towards women's health, wellbeing and fitness can be formally recognised with an Australia Day Award.

2016 Winners

2016 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Given for a significant contribution to, and as an inspirational role model for, the Huon Valley community.
TRENT COWEN

A fair go. A concern for the environment. A desire for prosperity with a share for all. Participation in sport. Cultural diversity. The importance of strong community values and support systems, and a keen sense that we each have our own contribution to make the community – all characteristics displayed by the 2016 Citizen of the Year, Trent Cowen.

Trent has been nominated for his ongoing enthusiastic dedication and commitment to the Huon Valley community, especially in his home town of Cygnet.

Trent’s commitment to the Huon Valley dates back to the late 1980s. From his participation with the Slab Road Cricket Club, Cygnet Football Club, youth work in Cygnet, participation on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, Cygnet Tennis Club, Cygnet Mini League Football Club, Southern Storm Football Club to the Huon Valley Council Cygnet Township Committee, The Cygnet Association and St James Catholic College Board of Management, Trent is always willing to put up his hand to help anyone in need or any local organisation.

Someone you will always find with a smile on his face, Trent takes everything in his stride whilst supporting his wife Michelle, four boys and being involved in two successful businesses.

Trent is being recognised as Citizen of the Year for the huge amount of time that he has volunteered to the Huon Valley community over the past 30 years.
2016 COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL BUILDER AWARD

Given for outstanding service and positive contributions to the Huon Valley’s community.
DOVER COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
HARRY SAVAGE; YVONNE SAVAGE; RON WELLS

In 2010, discussion between residents progressed to a meeting of interested citizens with the idea of commencing a ‘Men’s Shed’ in Dover. A committee was formed with Harry, Yvonne and Ron taking lead roles in researching, planning and obtaining resources to establish the Dover Men’s Shed. During establishment it was decided that such a venue should be available to both men and women within the community, therefore the Men’s Shed evolved into the Community Workshop.

Over the past 6 years, Harry, Yvonne and Ron have all contributed many hours into the establishment and ongoing running of the Community Workshop, securing significant funding from both Council and the State Government and seeing some great projects through to fruition.

Harry has been a regular attendee on the Workshop wood working day every Thursday and participates in creative workshop projects such as wooden toys, painting and staining. He also makes trays shelves and other items for family and friends, and has made numerous small individual woodwork creations which have been distributed to local businesses for sale. Harry has also participated in the restoral of La Chaloupe, an old wooden boat found derelict lying submerged in the sea at the Far South Wilderness Camp, donated to the Community Workshop in early 2014.

Yvonne has been an active member of the Community Workshop since its inception; in fact we are told that she has only missed two craft mornings over the past five years and is the one who opens the workshop every Wednesday morning for craft group. As well as elected Treasurer, Yvonne sews, knits and creates items for Workshop fund raising, participates in activities with the Dover District High School (a very keen “knitting teacher” we hear), whips up delicious morning teas and lunches, and has introduced the Uthando Dolls Project to the Community Workshop.

Ron has played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Dover Community Workshop. Taking a lead role in researching, submitting and successfully obtaining numerous grants and funds, Ron is always willing to lend a hand to progress a project. As the Dover Community Workshop continued to flourish, Ron obtained more funding and established a “hot works” extension to activities, incorporating metal work and pottery. Ron also played a key role in the restoration of La Chaloupe, assists with countless projects for local residents as well as fund raising projects for the Workshop.
2016 SPORTS AWARD

Given for a noteworthy record of achievement in Sport, or for making a significant contribution to sport as a Coach, Official or Administrator.
ELLIE DOYLE

Ellie has been nominated by members of the Huon Netball Association for her dedication, passion and commitment to the sport of netball in the Huon Valley.

Ellie has followed in her mother’s footsteps, playing at the club since she was a child. She represented Tasmania for 3 years as a teenager and has represented the Huon as Captain in the Combined Australian Netball Association for over 15 years.

Not only has Ellie been an exceptional player for Huon, she is also known for her coaching and umpiring skills, and a respected Committee Member for the Huon Netball Association. She took on the role of President for two years and most recently accepted the role as Marketing/Publicity and Grants Officer.

Ellie is a passionate and proud member of the Huon Netball Association, always putting the players first and dedicating her time to the future of the club and development of the junior players.

An enthusiastic and selfless community member, Ellie has also taken on a role on the Huon Little Athletics Committee, proving her commitment to the future of Huon Valley sport. All of this whilst working, and with a young family in tow, she is most worthy of this Australia Day Sports Award.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
MARITA BENNETT

Marita has been nominated by Vinnies, Huonville, for her compassion and dedication to the Huon Valley community.

This special lady opened the first Vinnies store in Huonville over 40 years ago and has been helping the community ever since.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
KATHY CANE

Kathy has been nominated by the Huon Girl District Manager for her incredible contribution and dedication to the Huon Valley District of Girl Guides over the past 35 years.

Her commitment to, not only Guiding, but Huon Eldercare and the Huon Valley community as a whole, is immeasurable.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
WAYNE DOWLING

Wayne has been nominated by the SES Unit Manager for his 23 years of dedication and commitment to the Huon Valley SES Unit.

A member they can always rely upon, Wayne has been of considerable assistance in many storm and flood events, search and rescue, vehicle accidents and community events.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
ALVIN DOWLING

Alvin has been nominated by the SES Unit Manager for his 19 years of dedication and commitment to the Huon Valley SES Unit.

Another trusty member the unit can rely upon for many SES volunteer call outs & events. What would we do without our dedicated SES volunteers like Alvin!
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
RAE HOWARD

Rae has been nominated by Huon Eldercare for her dedication to the residents of Huon Eldercare and the Huon Valley community since 1980.

She is well known in the Huon Valley community for her tireless commitment to community work and roles.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
DENIS LARKINS

Denis has been nominated by the SES Unit Manager for his 10 years of dedication and commitment to the Huon Valley SES Unit.

Denis is one of the other trusty members the unit can rely upon for many SES volunteer call outs & events.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
CAROLYNE MILNE

Carolyne has been nominated by Huon & Kingston FM President, Steve Perrin, for her enthusiasm and dedication to Huon FM since 1999.

She has played an important part in many areas of broadcasting, keeping the station running smoothly and is committed to supporting other volunteers within the station.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
JOY ANGELA STRIDE

Angela has been nominated by her daughter, Lil, for her dedication and loyalty to the Huon Valley community.

This special lady has committed over 35 years support to Meals on Wheels, 40+ years to the Huon Show and at least of 40 years service to the Country Womens Association. Angela’s devotion is an inspiration to everyone within the community.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the Huon Valley community for over 10 years.
SHIRLEY TONGS

Shirley has been nominated by her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, for her unbelievable commitment of over 55 years to the Country Women’s Association.

Not only is Shirley a proud and dedicated member of the CWA, she also volunteers as on the Ladies Committee at the Huon Show. And I hear she’s not a bad cook either!!
SPECIAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given special voluntary service to the Huon Valley community over the last 5 to 10 years.
FIONA HILL

Fiona has been nominated by the Huon Girl District Manager for her loyal commitment to the Huon Girl Guide unit.

With quiet dedication she has supported both leaders and Girl Guides in all aspects of guiding over the last 10 years.
SPECIAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise those who have given special voluntary service to the Huon Valley community over the last 5 to 10 years.
SARAH WATSON

Sarah has been nominated by the SES Unit Manager, Naomi Cassidy, for her dedication and commitment to the Huon Valley SES over the last 10 years.

She has been of great assistance in many storm and flood events, community events, search and rescue and vehicle accidents.
VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise individuals who have provided voluntary service to the Huon Valley community over the past 5 years.
KIMBERLEY ASHWORTH

Kimberley was nominated by the Huon Girl District Manager for her dedication and commitment to the Geeveston Girl Guide unit.

She is an energetic yet quiet and unassuming lady who has been warmly welcomed into the Girl Guide family.
VOLUNTARY SERVICE

These awards recognise individuals who have provided voluntary service to the Huon Valley community over the past 5 years.
KARAN SPILLING

Karan has also been nominated by the Huon Girl District Manager for her dedication and commitment to the Geeveston Girl Guide unit.

We are told Karan is a vibrant and energetic lady, joining the unit like a whirlwind and hasn’t stopped since!

2015 Winners

Citizen of the Year 2015

Rod Gray

Rod has been nominated by a number of community members for his significant contribution to a large number of voluntary groups in the Huon Valley.

During the last 37 years Rod has volunteered his time for a huge range of community groups, including the Huon Valley Players, the initial Huon Valley Theatre Company and its replacement, the Huon Valley theatre Company Inc., the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Cygnet Singers, Huon FM, the Geeveston Historical Society, and Huon Valley Council’s Arts and Heritage Committee.

During this time Rod also worked as the Principal or Vice-Principal of Judbury Primary School, Geeveston District High School, and Huonville High School. While working for these schools Rod volunteered to teach and conduct local school choirs, and he continued to volunteer in this role well after he retired. Rod was also well-known for giving his own personal time to assist students with personal or academic problems.

Rod is being recognised as Citizen of the Year for the huge amount of time that he has volunteered to a wide range of groups, and to his students, over the past 37 years.

2015 Australia Day

2015 Australia Day

Young Citizen of the Year 2015

Keryn Gane

Keryn has been nominated by Sally Doyle for her exceptional community work.

Keryn is an active member of the Huon Pony Club and is always willing to help new, young riders. Keryn takes an interest in the Riding for the Disabled group, volunteers for the Kermandie Football Clubrooms Steering Committee, and she regularly involves herself in community events, such as the 100th Birthday Celebration event at the Geeveston Town Hall.

Keryn also participated in last year’s National Indigenous Youth Parliament, and was a finalist in the 2014 Sustainable Communities Awards for Youth Leadership.

Keryn is being recognised today for the volunteer and community work on behalf of a wide range of groups.

Australia Day 2015

Australia Day 2015

 

2015 Voluntary Services Awards

Voluntary Service Award in excess of 2,000 Hours

The next award recognises individuals who give more than 2,000 hours of voluntary service to their community.

Josephine Brungs Josephine was nominated by the Geeveston Community Hall Management Committee and the Pensioners Association of Tasmania for her exceptional volunteer work.
 
Michael Wing  Michael has been nominated by Huon Eldercare for the thousands of hours of voluntary service he has given since 2010.

Voluntary Service Award in excess of 5,000 Hours

The next award recognises those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the community for a number of years, in excess of 5,000 hours.

Robyn Hickey Robyn has been nominated for more than 48 years of service to the Kermandie Football Club.

2014 Winners

Citizen of the Year 2014

Craig Saunders (dec)

Craig Saunders is being commended for a life time of commitment to his community.

Over many years, Craig was an active volunteer in his community, and is acknowledged for his enthusiasm, organisational talent and energy that he displayed in the many facets of his volunteer work.

Craig’s volunteering involvement included the following groups:-

  • President of the Huon Valley Concert Band
  • Treasurer with Wildcare Inc
  • Voluntary Editor with Wildtimes
  • Tasmanian Sea Canoeing Club – where he was made a life member in 2010
  • President of the Pelverata Hall Management Committee
  • Member of the Hobart Wheeler Dirt Devils Cycling Club

Craig became involved in the Huon Valley Concert Band in 1995 and since this time the Band has grown into a dynamic team, where more than 200 members (present and former) owe a large debt to him for his organisational ability, foresight and leadership.  The Huon Valley Concert Band is involved in many concerts throughout the Valley, and is an annual contributor to ceremonial occasions such as ANZAC Day and the Australia Day Awards event.  We welcome the band here today.

Craig also had a passion for the environment, and was the Regional Volunteer Facilitator South with the Parks and Wildlife Service.  He was involved with Wildcare Inc and was instrumental in this group accessing grants for environmental projects.  Craig was also a voluntary Editor for Wildtimes which promotes and highlights the efforts of others.  With his enthusiasm and energy, Craig had the ability to inspire others, and as a result many people have volunteered within their community.

Craig gave an extraordinary amount of time, energy and enthusiasm to the Tasmanian Sea Canoeing Club and introduced many people to sea kayaking.  Craig was Commodore of the Club for four years from 1998 to 2001 and Vice-Commodore during 2002 and 2003.  In his large shed at his family home in Pelverata, Craig assisted many people who couldn’t afford to buy a sea kayak to build their own boat and design and make the associated gear.  Craig was made a life member of the Tasmanian Sea Canoeing Club in 2010 in recognition of his generous and enthusiastic efforts.

Craig and his family moved to Pelverata and Craig became involved with the hall management committee and was elected President of the committee at his first meeting.  Craig inspired the small community and brought it back to life.  The hall committee is a hard working group of volunteers, and without it and similar committees, the Council would be hard pressed to provide facilities to the communities of the Valley.

Craig joined as a member of the Hobart Wheeler Dirt Devils cycling club in 2007 and played a significant role in the group’s activities over many years.  Craig became Volunteer Coordinator at a number of National Series events in Hobart between 2009 and 2011.  He was held in such high regard for his organisational abilities that when the internationally recognised Oceania MTB event was run in Hobart earlier this year, the Cycling Australia event manager asked for Craig personally to assist at the event.

We are proud to extend the Huon Valley Citizen of the Year Award to Mr Craig Saunders.

Young Citizen of the Year 2014

Natalia Clark and Samantha Kluga

Natalia Clark and Samantha Kluga (Sammy) were nominated for this Award by Trish Doyle and I would like to read the nomination as it was received.

I would like to nominate Natalia Clark and Samantha Kluga (Sammy), as young citizens of the year. If they are not eligible for this award I would love for them to have some form of recognition or acknowledgement as I think that they are very deserving.   Also it is very important that they are both recognised or not at all as they are best friends and do everything together.

Natalia and Sammy make it cool to be kind. They are both very family orientated and are happy to help out young and old.

As long as I have known both girls they have always been lovely, kind and willing to lend a hand.  Both girls are involved in school sport with Sammy being named school athlete for 2012. Both are willing to represent their respective schools for sport or other duties. Natalia has been chosen to represent hers for the Beacon Foundation for 2014.

They have both represented their school for both Anzac and Remembrance Day services.

Both are very involved in Geeveston Girl Guides and went to Sydney with them this year. Before this trip they fundraised for the trip by selling raffle tickets, had a sausage sizzle and stall.

When my husband Gary passed away they were non-stop helping at his wake, making sure that everyone was fed and helping out at our Hardware with cleaning and running errands.

They helped to raise funds for the Steenholt family and helped with the Tom Duggan fundraiser.

Cultural & Community Builders Award 2014

Huon Valley Expo

The Cultural and Community Builders award is about acknowledging contributions made to the lives of residents through promoting skills, creating community and making connections through involvement in meaningful activities.

This award in 2014 is being awarded to the Huon Valley Expo.

In 2013 the Huon Valley Small Business Enterprise Centre along with the PCYC and Huon Valley Trade Training Centre organised and put on the second Huon Valley Expo showcasing the small businesses in the Huon Valley.

The event not only brought together many volunteers to plan and organise the event, but to implement and direct the event on the day.  The Expo enabled businesses to exhibit and promote themselves to not only locals, but people from further afield, who were at times amazed at what a variety of products and services are available in this wonderful area.

More than 2,300 people attended the event, which is testament to the work the organisers did in promoting the Expo.

Sports Award 2014

Rex Voss

The first award is our Sports Award and is being presented to Rex Voss.

Rex has been involved with the Huonville Lions Football Club, helping in one way or another, for well over 50 years.  No Club could ask for a more dedicated volunteer than Rex.  He was made a Life member of the Club in 1969, and is still going strong.

Rex attends every training session during the football season, including the nights that the juniors train, and this takes up five nights a week.  He also attends every junior game held at Franklin and helps wherever he is needed – whether that be in the kiosk or with the timekeeping.

Not only does Rex help out with the juniors, he is always available to help the senior players.   During training sessions, whether it is pre-season from November, or throughout the regular competition season, he is found at the oval, recording the names of those who train – which is very helpful to the coaching staff.  He makes sure drinks are available for all players, and helps clean up and put away all equipment used.

On home game days during the season, Rex is at the ground by 8am to make salad rolls, and assist the kiosk staff.  Later in the afternoon, he will be in the interchange box recording players going on and off the field, which is a requirement of the Southern Football league governing body.  He acts as an umpire escort when required.

Each Friday afternoon he goes to the clubrooms to help sort out the jumpers needed for the teams playing on Saturday, and cleans up and around the ground, also sweeping down the grandstand and checking all is in order to make a good impression for visiting teams.

After football season has finished, Rex dedicates his time to the Huon Show committee, helping to get the grounds and surrounds ready for Show Day.  Not only that, for the past four years, he has helped the committee of A Taste of the Huon with their preparations.

 2014 Voluntary Services Awards

 Voluntary Service Award in excess of 500 Hours

The voluntary service awards acknowledge those people who have provided at least 500 hours of voluntary service within the community.

Brent Hardy Brent has been nominated by the Huon Netball Association in recognition of his efforts with the Association over the past 8 years.

 

Voluntary Service Award in excess of 2,000 Hours

The next award recognises individuals who give more than 2,000 hours of voluntary service to their community.

Lance Peterson Lance has been nominated by the Huon Valley PCYC to acknowledge his exceptional contribution to the administration of the Huon Valley PCYC over the past two years.
 
Alton Bond Alton Bond (affectionately known to everyone as Tubby), has been nominated by the SES Huon Valley unit to acknowledge his diligent service and support to his fellow SES members and the wider community.

 Voluntary Service Award in excess of 5,000 Hours

The next award recognises those who have given outstanding voluntary service to the community for a number of years, in excess of 5,000 hours.

 

Dorothy Thurley (dec) Dorothy has been nominated for her devotion to her family, friends and the community.  She is especially remembered for her tireless work for Huonville’s McMullen Abbeyfield House.
Dianne Van Tienen Dianne has been nominated by the Cygnet Singers, which was formed in 1984. Dianne’s volunteer service to the group began in 1985.
Rex Voss Rex has been nominated for his years of work with the Huonville Lions Football Club.  Rex was made a life member of the Club in 1969 – 43 years ago!
 
John Ryan John Ryan (affectionately known as Bluey) has also been nominated by the Huon Lions Football Club.  Bluey has been providing volunteer service to the club for well in excess of 40 years and was made a life member of the club in 1984.

2013 Winners

Citizen of the Year: Mrs Diana Clark

Community & Cultural Builder: Huon Valley Relay for Life

Voluntary service awards: Derek Beaumont, Michael Phillips, Keith Presness, David Sales, Greg Griggs, Nicole King, Emma Oates, Anne Rothwell.

Citations

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

2010 Winners

2009 Winners

2008 Winners

2007 Winners

2006 Winners

Thanks to the Australia Day Ambassador Program comedian and actor Jeremy Kewly presented Huon Valley Council’s annual Australia Day Awards for 2006 at the Huonville Bowls Club on Friday 20th January 2006.

Citizen of the Year
Herbert William (Bert) Price OAM

Young Citizen of the Year
Kylie Ashlin

Community Event of the Year
Southern Exposure 2005 Exhibition

Volunteer Recognition Awards

500 Hours Voluntary Service Awards

Colleen Wilson Kath Vanderaa Ian Borrie
Kees Van Ruth Kathy Quinn Colleen Strong
Marlene (Merle) Ford Pauline Cannan Angela Stride
Ted Hayes Shirley Glanville Marita Bennett
Mandy Franklin Doug Clark Jill Campbell
Lisa Watson James Bender Colleen Shield
Cathy Swan

1000 Hours Voluntary Service Awards

Simon Williams Brent Marley Alan Stevenson
Rosalie Murray John Mansell Cameron Smith
Rosemary Bennett Wayne Townsend Cathy Townsend
Kent Wells Wendy Roberts Caroline Amos
Gary Doyle

5000 Hours Voluntary Service Award

Suzette Seabourne Diannah Paramour Don Seabourne
Rosie Baker Lindsay Ryan David Hay
Gary Cooper

Special Voluntary Service Award

Dorothy (Kaye) Coulson Recherche Baybes Geeveston Online Access Centre Volunteer Team
Dudley (Brownie) Glass Pauline Kile Terry Wright
The Late Eleanor Clennett Nonie Carr

2005 Winners

Thanks to the Australia Day Ambassador Program world renowned long distance swimmer Susie Maroney, presented Huon Valley Council’s annual Australia Day Awards for 2005 at the Huonville Bowls Club on Friday 21st January 2005.

Citizen of the Year
Angela Stride

Young Citizen of the Year
Kate Stockford

Community Event of the Year
Hands Across the Generations

Volunteer Recognition Awards

500 Hours Voluntary Service Award
Frances Needham Alvin Dowling Kenneth Phillips
Jill Hayes Cyril & Nell Edwards Clare Bond
Edie & Paddie Dawson Leah Harrison
 1000 Hours Voluntary Service Award
Scott Wilcox Lynne Dow Peter Perry
Alton Bond Trent Cowen Martin Wohlgemuth
David Hay Gary Cooper Wendy Ward
Lindsay Ryan Bernie Renner Marie (Tilley) Riley
5000 Hours Voluntary Service Award
Tim Griggs Russell Malham Roger Oates
 Special Voluntary Service Award
Huon Valley State Emergency Service Unit John O’Toole Cath Mills
Jack Mills Mary Renahan Betty Joseph
Christina (Robyn) Bishop Louise Shaw Wren Fraser Cameron

2004 Winners

Citizen of the Year
John Driessen

Young Australian of the Year
Joanne Polley

Local Community Event of the Year
Music On The Beach Party

Special Service Award (in excess of 5000 hours)

Esperance Multi Purpose Health Centre Auxiliary Sandra Kelly Emily Granger Roslyn Skinner
Beverely Cowen Cygnet Singers Dulcie Bolton Lions Club of Huon
Marion Woodward John Marshall Huon Concert Band Perry Lovell
Franklin Fire Brigade Kathy Cane Jan Woolley Ray Cowen

Volunteer Recognition Award 5000 Hours

Phillip Wilcox Tasman Cordwell John Gillham Peter Pitt
Shirley Casey Alison Morrisby Lorene Bouffard

Volunteer Recognition Award 1000 Hours

Peter Driessen Jean Supplice Brian Coulson Vikki Pickering
Rita Casey Eleanor Clennett Dorothy Rowe Ron Salter
May Salter Peter Bennett Jim Wilson Barbara Cordwell
David Griggs Wayne Lovell Peter Marmion Denis Woolley
Kent Wells Rhona Burgess Reg Riley Grant Godfrey
Trudy Griffiths Mary Laing Sue Manning Rose Cane
Kathy Norris Bernice Halloran

Volunteer Recognition Award 500 Hours

Wayne Thorpe Neville Quarrier Tracey Bomford Judy Dale
Cyril & Nell Edwards Peter & Jill Howard Brian Rolls Sue Townson
Bruce Hodge Bev Woods John McArdle Gwen Ward
Marlene Batchelor Dick Geeves Shirley Pritchard Jean Burgess
Edna Cato Andrea Brittain Mary Jarvie