Uraidla local Tom Feinle-Bisset has been named Adelaide Hills Council Citizen of the Year at this year's Australia Day event in Stirling.
A member of the Imagine Uraidla community group, actively involved in Camp Anzac, Uraidla's Red Shed, CFS Long Table Dinner and community street parties, Tom is a well-known Uraidla resident. His achievements across a number of community groups, including developing and updating Contitutions, facilitating committees and even running coffee stands, were deemed worthy of attention by Council's Australia Day Awards Committee in 2016.
The 2016 Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to 25 year old Milly Howell from Inglewood. Milly's determination and commitment to developing a fundraising event for those affected by the Sampson Flat Bushfire early in 2015 was a credit to her leadership skills and community spirit. The event, after exceeding the limit of her family's business, was moved to Houghton Oval and saw 1,800 people raise over $79,000 for the State Emergency Relief Fund and Paracombe and Hermitage CFS.
Community Event of the Year was awarded to the established Stirling Market which, after 25 years in operation, has continued to support local artisans and community groups. A total of $150,000 in donations has been returned to the community and the market's reputation has made it a true tourist destination once a month in Stirling.
Hundreds of people attended Australia Day events across the Adelaide Hills where a number of Adelaide Hills Council Civic Awards were also bestowed upon worthy local heroes for their contributions to the Adelaide Hills community. Congratulations to everyone acknowledged in 2016.
Bec Francis, Bridgewater
Leighton George, Oakbank
David Hersey, Skye
Ben Hopkins, Uraidla
Trevor Johnson, Mount Torrens
John McMahon, Inglewood
Warren Murdoch, Lenswood
Brianna Neeson, Stirling
Han Robat, Houghton
Sandra Rolfe, Heathfield
Dave Wark, Paracombe
Gumeracha Response Volunteers
Vibe - Hills Bushfire Appeal, Gumeracha
Australia Day Award nominations open in November annually and are a great way to recognise the heroes in your life. Council encourages all community members to participate in this important process again for Australia Day 2017.
With thanks to the Mylor Citizenship Friendship Club, Onkaparinga Lions Club, Torrens Valley Lions Club, and East Torrens Historical Society for their coordination of the community events around the district.