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Celebrating local heroes and new Australian citizens on Australia Day

Tuesday 28 January 2020

A group of teenage charity fundraisers, a war veteran and an all-female boat crew are among the City of Holdfast Bay's Australia Day award recipients for 2020.

The winners were celebrated at the Australia Day ceremony held on the Glenelg foreshore, which also saw 80 new Australian citizens - who originate from 17 different countries – officially welcomed into the community.

The highest Australia Day honour - Citizen of the Year for the City of Holdfast Bay - was awarded to Ian Grant, who dedicated 12 years as president of the Glenelg Community Club.

Described as a “helpful, considerate and thoughtful community-minded person”, Mr Grant volunteered up to six days a week at the club, as well as at his local church and at council events, among performing other charitable and fundraising activities.

“We are privileged to have such a hard working resident in Ian, who contributes so much service to our lovely city,” City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson said.

Alex Miller received the Young Citizen of the Year award for her tireless work over four years, which resulted in the North Brighton Community Garden, located at Bowker Oval. Mayor Amanda Wilson commended Alex for her dedication to this “outstanding initiative and wonderful community asset”.

Community Recognition Award winners included:

  • Community Event of the Year - Glenelg Brass Band
    The band, which turns 135 this year, has performed four free concerts a year for the past 25 years, bringing the community together and providing wonderful entertainment.
  • Community Recognition Award - Anthea Williams
    Anthea has focussed on her local environment, and in one month, collected nearly 2,000 discarded cigarette butts and rubbish from the Brighton sand dunes.
  • Community Recognition Award - Jonty Belfield, Sam Patterson, Bryce Gassner, Sam Young, Alex Triplow, Austin Edwards from Be the One
    A group of young men, aged just 19 and 20, formed Be The One to raise money and awareness for charities and current issues including the nation’s bushfire crisis. They launched Project Kindness in 2020 and will perform a random act of kindness every day of the year, which they share on their social media channels.
  • Community Recognition Award - Tamara Aitchison, JDRF South Australia One Walk
    The world’s biggest Type 1 Diabetes awareness and fundraising event has been held in the City of Holdfast Bay each October for the past 20 years.
  • Local Hero Award - Barry Heffernan
    Barry is a Vietnam veteran who founded the William Kibby VC Veterans Shed at Glenelg North. The shed is a place for all veterans and ex-service personnel to discuss concerns, past trauma, health issues and welfare issues in a safe environment.
  • Local Hero Award - Diane Donaldson, Katrina Meehan, Stephanie Wyatt, Dayna Blyth, Ken Screen (Brighton Surf Life Saving Female Boat Crew)
    During a training session three kilometres from shore, the boat crew of volunteer surf life savers rescued a fisherman who had fallen out of his moving boat and was not wearing a lifejacket.

The City of Holdfast Bay’s Australia Day celebrations also included the citizenship ceremony for 80 new Australian citizens, who hail from 17 different countries including Afghanistan, Ecuador, Poland and South Africa.

Mayor Wilson said she was proud to welcome the new Australian citizens while honouring past generations of migrants who have helped to create our nation as it is today.

“Being a multicultural country and community is one of our strengths and should be celebrated, particularly on Australia Day,” Mayor Wilson said.

“Today is the perfect time to reflect on the generations of migrants who chose to call Australia home, and who in turn, have enriched our lives and helped to create the community we live in.”