Published: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at 10:27:37 AM

Over 360 residents and visitors joined to celebrate Australia Day at the Foreshore Park, enjoying breakfast cooked by the Nannup Lions Club and Brett Furniss. Shire President Tony Dean spoke of what goes into making a community, of how the past influences the future, and how Nannup is a great example of people coming together for the common good. Thanks to the Nannup Key Notes for leading everyone in the Australian anthem, the Nannup Lions Club and Brett Furniss for the catering, Nannup Fresh Fruit for the donation of fruit, Richard Linden for the music and the Nannup Men’s Shed for set up and pack down.

Shire President Tony Dean presented the Australia Day Citizenship Awards for the following categories:

Australia Day Active Citizenship Award

Moving to Nannup in 2009, Neville joined the Historical Society and has assisted to raise the profile of this organisation. This includes helping to digitalize the photographic collection and ensuring that the building is open consistently throughout the year for residents and visitors to view the historic collections. Currently the President, Neville regularly mans the Historical Society and is on call to talk to residents and visitors who may have queries outside of the opening hours. Neville in the past contributed articles to the Nannup Telegraph and continues to take photos of progress in the town and interesting activities for cataloguing in the Historical Society collections.

Neville reinvigorated the Badminton club which continues to meet each Monday morning and Tuesday evening in the Recreation Centre. He has also assisted to coach and mentor  young players.

Neville was a driving force in the 125 year celebrations of the Nannup Town Hall and continues to be a strong supporter of the Nannup Friends of the Foreshore Group, gathering the troops for work every Wednesday morning.

Neville was a dedicated partner through the Historical Society of the Nannup Heritage Trail project and now assists with guided walks through town for visiting groups interested in learning more about the history of the region. More recently Neville has undertaken research on significant trees for a Council project.

It must be mentioned that behind every good man stands a great woman. Thank you to Val for enabling Neville to take on these roles. Neville and Val are active members of the Nannup Car Nuts, Nannup Flower & Garden Festival, and the Blooming Wild Festival.

Your energy, laughter and enthusiasm for life is wonderful and Nannup is a better place as a result of your involvement and dedication. We thank you for this.

Australia Day Youth Citizenship Award

Since living in Nannup, Logan has been an active community member, volunteering each week at the Community Kitchen and helping with events and festivals. At the Community Kitchen Logan is the youngest volunteer and helps with the setup, greeting people, serving and cleaning up as well as dish duty. Logan helps out with waitering at community events such as the Nannup Flower & Garden Festival and the South West Foodbowl Festival Long Table lunch.

During the year Logan was a principal coordinator of the ‘Neural Knitworks’ project and managed the grant application and acquittal process.

Logan helps out with youth activities after school and on school holidays. He always has a smile on his face.  He is never late, is very dependable and takes everything in his stride.  He makes us smile and we appreciate his help.

Australia Day Active Senior Citizenship Award

Pat has been a CWA member for over 40 years and when she moved to town she worked with Yvonne Bishop and Jo Clews to reinstate the Nannup branch. The Association is now very active in providing a friendly and supportive environment for women of all ages. Through the CWA Pat has travelled around the world as a delegate and member of the Associated Country Women of the World. She has raised funds and other means of support in particular for South Pacific Island women and those from Papua New Guinea.

Pat has been involved with the Nannup Community Op Shop for many years, helping to raise funds for community projects and to assist the Nannup District High School P&C. Pat also helps with the seniors bingo each Monday and has been a representative on working parties for Council projects involving seniors.

Pat is the local representative on the Blackwood District Health Advisory Council. At these meetings she is able to raise concerns from local residents regarding any health and hospital service matters.

In 2016 Pat was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the CWA. This is the highest award of the Association. This year Pat was invited to be a representative for the  Associated Country Women of the World on a United Nations Committee. This entails two trips a year to the UK. As a committee member the work that she undertakes is related to  the UN Millenium goals, in particular health for young women, education, gender equality and climate change.

Pat has a huge heart and is an active community member, both in Nannup and in a global environment. She is an asset to our town.

Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event

Since 1958 a very small team of volunteers has been available to the residents in the Shire of Nannup 24/7. They attend many community events (Family Fun Day, Forest Rally, festivals, events and sports days to name a few), all giving freely of their own time.

St John Ambulance provides their premises for some local organisations to meet, and provide their venue for First Aid training to members of the community as well as the town’s local emergency services. St John Ambulance Nannup volunteers have through  their tireless efforts managed to raise funds for three defibrillators that are strategically located throughout the Shire.

This essential service to our community would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers. To these people, we are all extremely grateful for their commitment.

Peter Clarke 
Chief Executive Officer

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