Adelaide Plains Council (APC) has named Dublin local Pat Thompson as its Citizen of the Year for 2021.

APC announced its annual Australia Day award winners earlier this month and highlighted Pat’s lengthy community service and tireless volunteer efforts for the past 25 years, including being a founding member of the Dublin History Group.

Pat is a well-known and much appreciated member of her community as well as the broader Adelaide Plains region.

The Young Citizen of the Year award went to Two Wells CFS volunteer, Jack Harris, who has been admirably serving his community as a firefighter.

Jack has attended more than 200 emergencies in this role, including significant bushfires in the 2019-2020 season.

The official opening of the Two Wells Community Garden was named the Community Event of the Year.

The event attracted more than 200 people in October this year and highlighted a transformation of what was once a derelict and forgotten space, into a vibrant, inviting and purposeful community garden.

The Adelaide Plains Equestrian Club (APEC) was named the Community Group of the Year for the district.

Over the last 18 months volunteers and club members have transformed the underutilised space of Clara Harniman Reserve in Lewiston into a much admired equestrian facility.

APC’s final award, the Community Project of the Year, was given to the Mallala and Districts Lions Club for the establishment of the Mallala Campground.

Lions Club volunteers and members spent many hundreds of hours building a camping ground at the Mallala Oval, hoping to attract tourists to the town.

Adelaide Plains Council will hold its official Australia Day breakfast at the Dublin oval on Tuesday, January 26.

Breakfast will be served from 8am followed by a Citizenship Ceremony and presentation of the 2021 Citizen of the Year and Australia Day Awards.

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