On Australia Day annually, Adelaide Hills Council bestows a number of awards on members of the community for outstanding and inspiring contributions to the region.
In 2018, the Citizen of Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the Year awards were presented at celebrations in Stirling by Mayor Bill Spragg.
Matt Thomas (Inglewood) was presented as the Adelaide Hills Council Citizen of the Year for his various roles in his local community, particularly his current undertaking in the building of a new community centre at the Houghton Inglewood and Hermitage Memorial Oval.
Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to 17 year old Isaac Tinéy from Gumeracha, who was nominated in particular for his commitment to the continuation of Anzac and Remembrance Day commemorations amongst his school community.
The Beersheba Commemoration Event won Community Event of the Year, where attendees commemorated the centenary of the WWI charge of the Light Horsemen in Palestine.
A large crowd convened on the lawns of the Coventry Library as 20 new citizens were officially recognised and welcomed to the community during the celebration. Australia Day Ambassador and Peramangk Elder Ivan Copley OAM also gave a stirring speech and a Welcome to Country appreciated by everyone in attendance.
Celebrations were also hosted by community groups in Mylor, Woodside and Gumeracha where 10 Civic Awards were presented to acknowledge outstanding contributions in our communities.
Australia Day community celebrations are made possible thanks to Mylor Oval Management Committee, Onkaparinga Lions Club, Torrens Valley Lions Club, and East Torrens Historical Society. The 2018 Uraidla event was cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions forecast.
Civic Award Winners
Julie Erwin, Mt Torrens
Rachel Cordes, Stirling
Gwen Hewett, Stirling
Silvio Apponyi, Balhannah
David Furner, Balhannah
Barry Windle, Balhannah
Nigel Steele Scott, Mt George
Malcolm Hale, Scott Creek
Richard Wallace, Uraidla
John Tate, Birdwood