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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Honours for volunteers

Samantha Taylor and Andrew Balfour celebrate their awards.

A volunteer who has worked tirelessly to “build and maintain a dynamic community” was named Baw Baw Shire’s citizen of the year last night. Andrew Balfour of Willow Grove was announced citizen of the year at the shire’s Australia Day

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