Council celebrates Australia Day in Mulwala

Published on 27 January 2019


Residents, friends, family and visitors celebrated everything that’s great about living in Australia at this year’s Federation Council Australia Day celebrations.

A crowd of more than 300 people were joined by Australia Day Ambassador Jeremy Jones AM, Federation Council and the Mulwala Progress Association to participate in festivities at the Mulwala Water Ski Club on January 26.

Jeremy Jones AM delivered an inspirational address, speaking about his experiences and views on the importance of multiculturalism and conflict resolution.

Mr Jones was the 2016 winner of the NSW Government's Stepan Kerkyasharian Medal for promoting Community Harmony, the winner of the 2007 Australian Human Rights Medal, is a Member of the Order of Australia (conferred in 2005) and has participated in dialogues and conferences on human rights issues in 30 countries. A fifth-generation Australian, he is a graduate of the University of Sydney, majoring in History and Government.

A member of the NSW Police Commissioner’s Multicultural Advisory Council, he was awarded the FECCA Medal for his contribution to Multiculturalism in 2004 and made Honorary Life Member of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry in 2006 (having served as its President from 2001-2004). He was a People of Australia Ambassador (for the full life of that programme).

Mr Jones said it was a privilege to join the Federation community as their Australia Day Ambassador and described the Federation story as “truly unique”.

In his welcome address, Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said each year Australia Day provides us with a day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.

“On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia; land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy, and particularly our people,” he said.

“Today we celebrate our people, the people of Federation Council who go above and beyond in their respective areas to ensure our communities thrive and grow. Our nominees are very special people, whose donation of time and effort warrants this type of special celebration. The commitment to our communities shown by our nominees is truly heart-warming, and these people along with many others throughout the Federation Council region make me so proud to be Mayor of this great shire.”

Council would like to congratulate all the award recipients and nominees for the 2019 Federation Council Australia Day Awards

Citizen of the Year: Glenys Davis.

Glenys founded the Eva May Foundation and is responsible for a lot of charity work within Mulwala and within the Federation Council.
The funds from the Eva May foundation helps to assist those in financial and emotional aid.  Some examples are local families who are suffering from medical problems, families struggling to meet travel and accommodation expenses, utility bills, purchase clothing and food items.

Young Citizen of the Year: Mitch Adkins.

Mitch’s contribution to the local community stems from a selfless act of seeking to assist those who are less fortunate. Being a passionate football player and fan of the Richmond Tigers, Mitch identified that people in central Australia were not able to purchase the sporting equipment that he has access to on a daily basis. Mitch created a pay it forward campaign to help provide equipment to indigenous communities in central Australia collecting football boots, and drink bottles. Mitch was successful in receiving over 200 pairs of boots.  Mitch was a great leader in community engagement, social impact and is a great role model for our community in caring and respecting others.

Local Achiever of the Year Awards: Craig Waldron, Glenys Davis and Bill Allen.

Community Project of the Year: ‘Who is My Neighbour’ project.

The ‘Who is My Neighbour’ Project was a weekend long project welcoming refugees and empowering locals to connect with new refugees to Corowa. Our local community opened their hearts and homes to strangers and have now formed many new friendships as a result.  The project had involvement of all Corowa Churches (St Marys, St Johns, Baptist, Uniting & Presbyterian) the Corowa Community Garden and the Corowa Landcare Group.

Community Event of the Year: Annual Corowa Swim-In and Military Vehicle Gathering.

Since 1980, the Corowa Swim-In & Military Vehicle Gathering has been held annually and has become an iconic event with the largest gathering of Ex-military vehicles in Australia. The event draws historic military vehicles and enthusiasts from across the world and has become the number one event for military vehicle owners to display their treasures.

Student Achievement Awards:  Jessica Linehan, Maddison James, Rosie Blain, Olivia Hughes, Nicholas Sandral, Liam Curran, Charlie Patey, Lachlan Routley, Laura Urquhart, Sommers Hogan, Sophie Clifton, Clodagh Blain, Ashlee Davey, Blake Keenes, Eloise Black, David Smith, Toby Pearson, Bonnie Hamilton, Penelope Bruce, Eva Butler, Gabriella Coghill, Mia Lavis, Harrison Just, Isabella McCartney and Marlee Julian.

Light Up Federation Awards:

Best Decorated House – 8 Hay Street, Corowa.

Best Decorated Street - O'Brien Court, Corowa.

Best Decorated Business – Corowa Ambulance Station.  

Council would also like to thank the Mulwala Water Ski Club and the Mulwala Progress Association for their event management support.