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From left Australia Day ambassador Joel Taylor, Local Achiever Kaye Slater, Warrnambool City COuncil Mayor Michael Neoh, Local Achiever Lorraine de Kok, a rotary representatvive for the Community Event of the Year, Local Achiever Ann Krause, Young Citizen of the Year Sam Maloney, Citizen of the Year Vicki Jellie, Local Achiever Wayne Rooke, Local Achiever Julie Eagles and Local Achiever Megan Nicolson

2015 Warrnambool Australia Day Awards

News Article Date: 
Monday, 26 January 2015

Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie is the 2015 Warrnambool Citizen of the Year.

Ms Jellie received the accolade as part of Warrnambool’s official Australia Day event at the Botanic Gardens on Monday.

Her hundreds of hours of volunteer work and government lobbying will soon come to fruition, with work on Warrnambool’s $30 million cancer treatment centre to begin soon.

Community radio enthusiast and young media leader Sam Maloney won the Young Citizen of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Warrnambool East’s summer hole-in-one competition won the community event of the year. Having run for the past decade, its popularity has boomed in the past four years with over 5000 competitors.

Ann Krause, Julie Eagles, Lorraine de Kok, Kaye Slater, Wayne Rooke and Megan Nicolson were also recognised with Local Achiever Awards for their efforts to enrich Warrnambool.

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Michael Neoh said that all of the winners had made significant contributions to the Warrnambool community.

“Each of the award winners has achieved so much in different fields, but they can be linked by one attribute – selflessness,” Cr Neoh said.

“Their willingness to work long and hard for the benefit of the community is truly outstanding and sums up what it means to be Australian.

“I would like to congratulate the award recipients. They are all doing their part to help make Warrnambool the best city it can be.”

The award winners were officially recognised at the Warrnambool City Council’s Australia Day event at the Botanic Gardens on Monday, January 26.

The event also featured free entertainment from the Holiday Actors, music from Cooper Lower and the Louie Clancey Band, a barbeque, children’s activities, a welcome to country and an address from Australia Day ambassador Joel Taylor (State Finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2014 and mental health advocate).

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