Dedicated volunteer Jennie Scott is Colac Otway Shire’s 2020 Citizen of the Year.
Beneath the shade of the elms on Beeac’s picturesque Wallace Street, hundreds of people from the Colac Otway community gathered to honour Jennie and other award winners yesterday at the shire’s official Australia Day celebrations.
Ms Scott was one of five award recipients who received Australia Day honours at the ceremony; along with Tyison Williamson and Mitchell Hall, joint winners of the Young Citizen of the Year Award; Beeac Red Cross for the Community Service of the Year Award; and John Hutchinson for Sporting Service of the Year Award.
This year’s event featured an inspiring address from four-time Olympian and champion athlete Steve Moneghetti AM, one of Australia’s greatest-ever distance runners.
Mayor Jason Schram congratulated and thanked the award winners and welcomed Colac Otway’s newest citizens, who received their Australian citizenship during a ceremony at the event.
“Australia Day is a day for us to reflect on our heritage and the vibrant multicultural community we share. It’s also a day when we focus on our Colac Otway citizens, to show our gratitude and acknowledge them for the positive contributions they’ve made,” Cr Schram said.
“We’ve seen some great examples of the Australian spirit recently, with people coming together to support each other and help each other out in times of need.
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