COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
Business Euroa are a really important community group that is focused on acheiving positive outcomes for the Euroa area's business community. If the businesses are successful then the entire community benefits as well. Business Euroa have a strong committee who are keen to instill positive change in the businesses. Business Euroa is currently leading and working closely with Council and Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce to run a business survey across the whole shire to gauge businesses' needs and requirements for future growth and investment. Business Euroa has delivered three very successful Business Award/Dinner events for the past three years. Business Euroa believes in working with Council to create an effective synergy.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
Twilight Hawker's Market
Twilight Hawker's Market was a highlight for Euroa with 1200-1500 attendees. What a great community builder it was, where people ate together and sat and enjoyed music and films. A great variety of food stalls added to the community spirit as people queued and conversed with each other. Indigenous dancers welcomed the crowds, the local youth committee DJ'd.
JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR & SHIRE-WIDE JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Archie personally wrote and illustrated the book 'Refugees - Protect or Perish'. He chose to write the book after being inspired by Jess Hacket who walked from Melbourne to Canberra for the 'Welcome Petition' to hand in signed petitions for more humane ways to treat refugees. Jess then went on to sell his book at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Archie also volunteers at the Euroa Library, he loves art and reading and would like to be an author one day. He has also managed to reach 'The Grey Wolf', the highest award in Cubs.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Jade has been an active member of the Euroa Secondary College community and the local Euroa community for the six years of her schooling here. She volunteered collecting for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, was involved in Relay for Life, volunteers her time knitting for Kint One Give One (KOGO) which is a not for profit organisation who distribute scarves to the disadvantaged. She is also a member of EVOLVE Youth Committee. Jade was also secretary of the school SRC and on the school debating team for three years.
He keeps the light on at the Euroa Train Staion, when it's dark and cold, up there alone. He tries to keep the old building open that no one cares about. He has been doing this now for years for every train that stops at Euroa.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Kevin is a volunteer worker at The Hub Visitor Information Centre. It is a pleasure to see him in action, he is ever alert and a visitor just has to change his way and he immediately engages them in conversation. He goes a long way in 'selling' the town and district for these tourists, and he does it well - not at all 'pushy', just extremely friendly and helpful. He even puts out a water dish for dogs and always has doggie biscuits handy. I call in to the Hub to have a rest and a chat and personally watch Kevin in action. He is a great asset to the area. Kevin has quite a good knowledge of local history and a good knowledge of all walking tracks, even in the Ranges. I am surprised at the people who decide to stay overnight to see our beauties. Kevin also takes lots of walking groups to various plaecs within the Shire, I would suggest that the committee ask around about the good work this man does and reward him accordingly.