Communities join to honour our people and nation
LIKE many other communities in our region, Australia Day in the District Council of Mallala was celebrated with a delicious breakfast of sausages, bacon, eggs, toast, coffee and juice enjoyed by a crowd of more than 170 people at Mallala Oval – and wonderfully cooked by members of Mallala Lions Club.
It was a beautiful summer’s day and four district residents were among thousands of people across the country who made the pledge and became Australian citizens.
Local individuals and community groups were also recognised for their efforts, commitment and community spirit with the presentation of the annual DCM Australia Day awards.
In his second term as DCM mayor, Duncan Kennington spoke of how the Australian community was continually evolving and highlighted Australia Day as the perfect opportunity to appreciate all that is unique and special about our country.
“Australia Day is a great opportunity for residents to get together and celebrate as we embrace the opportunities that are available to us as part of a contemporary, diverse and democratic nation,” Mr Kennington said.
“Today is a day on which first Australians, older Australians and more recent Australians can come together to tell their stories and share their dreams.”
Mayor Kennington then invited local member for Goyder, Steven Griffiths, to speak.
“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been here or where you’ve come from,” Mr Griffiths said.
“To me Australia Day is a great day (and) as a nation it’s important we celebrate it, that we have pride in it. “We have to celebrate what’s important to us as Australia can be many things.
“(And) it does demonstrate to me, more than anything, what makes our communities great.”
Mr Griffiths praised the efforts of local community groups for working together to keep their communities strong.
Four local residents, Susan Langman, Diane Stanley, Thi Bui and David Heeley were then invited to make the pledge to become an Australian citizen.
Following the new citizens’ affirmation pledge, long-time Thompson Beach resident, Norm Trestrail, was presented as DCM Citizen of the Year for his volunteer contributions to the community and continued support of local events and projects.
Peter Seccafien of Two Wells was announced as Young Citizen of the Year, with Mayor Duncan highlighting his exemplary schooling record, police commendation and dedication to the local cricket club.
Other Australia Day awards included the Community Group of the Year award, which went to the Mallala RSL for its popular Sunday community lunches, and the Community Event of the Year award, which was bestowed upon the United Football Club for hosting the successful 2013 AOFL/APNA grand final last year.
The Community Project of the Year award was presented to the Mallala Lions Club for its Mallala Oval Amenity Block project.