Celebrating inspirational residents this Australia Day

INDIVIDUALS and community groups have been recognised for supporting their communities and excelling in their chosen fields this Australia Day.

The annual Alpine Shire Australia Day Community Awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of local volunteers and outstanding residents.

Alpine Shire Mayor Ron Janas said Australia Day is a time to recognise the achievement of people who give their time and resources to make our communities special.

“Congratulations to everyone who received an award, and to all those nominated,” he said.

“We rely on nominations from our community to help us recognise these unsung heroes, who often give so much of their time to help others, so thank you to everyone who nominated.

“It’s fantastic to see the diversity of individuals and groups who have been recognised - from the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club Search and Rescue Group volunteers to the organisers of the Dederang Picnic Races.

“We have some truly inspirational residents in the Alpine Shire, like our Alpine Shire Citizen of the Year Ian Stapleton, who was also awarded the Local Achiever of the Year Bright and District.

“People like Myrtleford’s Tiffany Iaria and Tawonga South’s Keith Pike are the reason our communities are supportive and vibrant places to live.

“These awards also recognise our young people for excelling and playing an important part in their communities, so congratulations to Kenton Ford, for receiving a Local Young Achiever award.”

Winners of the Alpine Shire Australia Day Community Awards are:

Local Achiever of the Year Kiewa Valley - Keith Pike - Tawonga South

Local Achiever of the Year Bright and District - Ian Stapleton - Harrietville

Local Achiever of the Year Myrtleford and District - Tiffany Iaria - Myrtleford

Local Young Achiever of the Year Kiewa Valley - Kenton Ford - Mount Beauty

Community Event of the Year - Dederang Picnic Races - Dederang

Community Organisation of the Year - Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club Search and Rescue - Mount Beauty

Lifetime Achievement Award - Dederang Picnic Races - Dederang

Alpine Shire Citizen of the Year - Ian Stapleton - Harrietville



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