POPULAR local group ‘Beggs to Differ’ will entertain the crowd during the Australia Day awards ceremony to be hosted by South Gippsland Shire Council in the Leongatha Memorial Hall tonight (Wednesday, January 21) at 7.30pm. The event is free and all are welcome to come along to applaud the amazing nominees who give so much to our communities.
“The awards ceremony is deliberately held a few days before Australia Day so that nominees can celebrate in their local communities on the day,” explained Council’s communications officer, Jeannie Hicks, who co-ordinates the Australia Day celebrations.
Twenty-five nominees from across the shire will be presented with certificates while MC Ned Dennis, Council’s community strengthening manager, profiles their contributions to the community. The Citizen of the Year, the Community Event of the Year and the Achievement Awards will then be announced prior to the serving of refreshments to end the night.
“We’re particularly delighted to include the seven nominees for the Achievement Award for a Person with a Disability in our Awards this year,” said Jeannie. “The award, which began in 2010, is usually announced in December but we wanted to honour it more appropriately in a bigger forum.”
With ample parking in the precinct, guests can enter through the hall foyer or the more easily accessible side door near the Safeway carpark. The hall doors will open at 7pm and guests are asked to be seated by 7.25pm for a 7.30pm start.
“It’s an unashamed feast of patriotism and we love to see families coming along to enjoy the evening and to support their friends who have been nominated. It’s a ‘feel good’ night and a great prelude to the local celebrations on Australia Day when events will be held at Leongatha, Loch, Meeniyan, Mirboo North, Dumbalk, Kongwak, Foster and Tarwin Lower,” said Jeannie.
Woolworths is once again generously sponsoring the Australia Day Ambassador Program, bringing Mr Nigel Dick as a guest speaker to Meeniyan and Mr Matthew Christie to Mirboo North. Details of these and other local events are in the Council Noticeboard ad in this issue.