Youth worker named citizen of the year

John van der Marel  Neerim Community and District Citizen of the year award 2020 presenter Jim Rae Chairman Australia Day Committee

Almost two decades of outstanding service to Neerim and district youth by John Van der Marel has been recognised with him being named the district’s 2020 citizen of the year. The award was presented during Australia Day celebrations at Neerim

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Volunteers honoured during Baw Baw Awards

Baw Baw Shire's Citizen of the Year Brett Kersten (second left) said his family was his "team" that supported him to do everything he does in the community (from left) Ben, Luke, Linda and Claire.

Volunteerism was the focus of Baw Baw Shire’s Australia Day awards last week, which acknowledged outstanding community contributions by a number of individuals and groups. Twelve separate awards were presented including citizen of the year to Brett Kersten and young

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OAM awarded to Bunyip’s Tony Arrigo

Bunyip local Tony Arrigo was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his tireless work in the community.

The awarding of an Order of Australia (OAM) to Bunyip’s Antonio (Tony) Arrigo in the Australia Day honours has come at an appropriate time. One of the numerous local organisations to which he has devoted his energies over many years,

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Celebration of diversity

Official guests at the Drouin breakfast (from left) Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power, MC and organising committee member Pauline Maunder, Drouin Rotary Club president Merv Deppeler and guest speaker Gazette editor Carolyn Turner

The annual Drouin Australia Day breakfast was a full house as community members came together to celebrate and reflect on their heritage.  It was the 40th year of the breakfast at the Drouin Anglican Church Hall. Gazette editor Carolyn Turner

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Baw Baw celebrates all things Australian

Lewis Neale shows his true colours during the Australia Day celebrations at Trafalgar.

More than 100 people gathered at Trafalgar Public Hall for an Australia Day breakfast on Tuesday, where Mark Judd and Troy Oates were awarded citizen and young citizen of the year respectively. Baw Baw Shire Crs Peter Kostos, Murray Cook

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