COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR & SHIRE-WIDE COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
Asia Pacific Open F3K 2016
Australia won the hosting rights after a bid prepared by committee members Jon Day and Shona Guest. The decision was made to hold the event in Longwood the home of pilot Jon Day who represented Australia at the inaugural competition in China 2014. The Radio Control Gliding Association (RCGA) committee of Marcus Stent, David Milward, Jon Day, Shona Guest, Wendy Jones and Jamie Cannon worked for over 12 months to prepare.
The event saw more than 30 pilots from seven different countries come to Longwood, many brought their partners. The event was held over three days and saw massive community support from the 'donated use of the field' by the Naughton family, volunteer caterers and Longwood residents. The event allowed us to showcase the Shire of Strathbogie with evening meals held at various locations such as Maygars Hill Winery, The Flour Mill and the White Hart Hotel.
The event attracted more than 100 spectators. The event was supported by local organisations and residents loaning eskies, tables, chairs and shade marquees. The event featured in local newspapers, radio and WIN News as well as media in countries of overseas competitors eg New Zealand and Hong Kong.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Richard is a friendly, funny, dedicated family man, never afraid to 'say it as it is.'
The following points are why Richard is Longwood's Citizen of the Year:
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR & SHIRE-WIDE YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Tyson is a keen member of the Longwood Rural Fire Brigade joining the day he turned 16 and is an eager learner. At the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the brigade, he was elected the brigade's IT developer and trianer - a position created specially for him. In April 2016, Tyson organised a vehicle accident simulation exercise at Euroa Secondary College. This involved Euroa SES, Longwood Fire Brigade, Violet Town Police and Euroa Ambulance. Students witnessed what happened in a car crash and in particular how trapped passengers are rescued from the vehicle. His aim was to help students make sound choices about driving or getting into a car with a friend when alcohol has been consumed. Tyson is a year 12 student and also studying at TAFE to become an electrician. Tyson was a finalist in the 2016 Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Town Sustainable Communities Award - Young Leaders Section and was highly commended.