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Australia Day

Time to recognise our community achievers

News Article Date: 
Friday, 9 October 2015

You know who they are. They’re the people who make things happen.

They go about their work diligently, sometimes in the background, sometimes leading from the front.

They keep clubs and groups running, lead community campaigns, fundraisers. They do a job not simply because they are paid but because they know there’s work that needs to be done.

They are the people who help make Warrnambool the great city it is.

It’s time to recognise their efforts and the perfect way to do so is to nominate them for a 2016 Warrnambool Australia Day Award.

Nominations are now open with the awards recognising outstanding contributions to the local community during 2015 or over a longer timeframe.

Warrnambool Australia Day Advisory Committee chairman Andrew Suggett called on all residents to reflect on the efforts of those who strive to make Warrnambool a better place.

“It’s the people who make a place vibrant and in Warrnambool there are many instances of people who are going ‘above and beyond’ to improve the lives of Warrnambool residents.

“A nomination for a Warrnambool Australia Day Award is tremendous acknowledgement for a local champion and their outstanding efforts on behalf of the community.

“Suitable candidates might be making contributions in fields including education, health, fund-raising, voluntary services, sports, arts, the environment or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of the community.

“It’s easy to think of worthy award candidates and also easy to nominate them.”

Categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (aged 16-

30), Community Event of the Year and Local Achiever.

You can nominate someone online at or collect a nomination form from the Civic Centre, 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool.

Nominations close on Monday November 30.

Award presentations will be made at Warrnambool City Council’s Australia Day event at the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.


Warrnambool Citizens of the Year

2015 - Vicki Jellie

2014 - Russ Goodear

2013 - Peter Headen

2012 - Glenys Phillpot, Bill Phillpot

2011 – Duncan Stalker, Gerry Billings

2010 – John MacInnes, Rosalie Newnham

2009 – James Nicol, Max Smart

2008 – Vern Robson, Darrell Hose

2007 – Pat Varley, Kay Whitehead

2006 – Eric Williams

2005 – Tom Bertrand Sen., Ray Welsford

2004 – Bill Quinlan, Joyce Lehmann

2003 – Joan Brown, John Clark

2002 – Andrew Suggett, Maxine Golding-Clark

2001 – Les O’Callaghan, Nonie Smith

2000 – Cath Lourie, Clive Rayner

1999 – Agnes Russie Walters, June Plater

1998 – John McLean, Roger Brough


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