For more than 28 years Terry Booth has been extremely active working voluntarily for the best interest of the Bundalong community.
Terry was recognised for his tireless work and was aptly named the 2018 Yarrawonga Citizen of the Year under sunny skies in Kennedy Park on Friday.
The annual Australia Day breakfast was once again served up beautifully by the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala and enjoyed by locals and visitors.
The 200 plus people who attended the occasion were officially welcomed by Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala’s President Kate Febey. Ray McCartney set the mood with a medley of Aussie-themed tunes before Australia Day Guest Speaker Roz Vodusek from Rich Glen Olives Estate took the stage.
Roz provided those in attendance with an insight into her life, being part of a five generation farming family, and some of the important life lessons she learnt as a child and what it means to her and her successful business to this very day.
“I have inherited a passion for food and love making a buck,” Roz said.
Roz shared her passion and shared how the Vodusek family turned the once struggling olive farm from nearly being closed and removed to a thriving business today.
Among the many popular sayings Roz often refers to, one that stood out was, “ if you don’t dream it, you won’t do it, so just do it.” Which suitably sums up what Roz has done at Rich Glen.
In honouring Yarrawonga’s outstanding citizens, MC and Rotary Club organising committee member Noel Tinney, praised the three nominees in the category of 2018 Citizen of the Year.
John Wright was recognised for his volunteer work in the community including being president for the Wilby and District Tennis Club, secretary of the Lake Rowan Progress Association, president of the Yarrawonga Agricultural Show Society and junior co-ordinator of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Table Tennis Association. Scott Davison was nominated for his work in supporting fundraising charities in the community.
The other nominee and ultimate winner in the category, Bundalong’s Terry Booth, has been an active member of the Bundalong community for nearly three decades.
During that time Terry has been a member of the Bundalong Action Group, Bundalong Progress Association (before its name change), the Bundalong Recreation Reserve Section 86 Committee plus various reference committees including one for Goulburn-Murray Water.
All Terry’s work on many issues for the Bundalong community has been voluntary. He has put countless hours in making sure Bundalong is a better community for all particularly in its services and infrastructure.
In receiving his award Terry said he was; ”very humbled and honoured”.
“I normally like to stay in the background, but put in,” he said
The other Australia Day award provided for Yarrawonga and District was for the Environment Project of the Year.
Although there was only one nomination received for this award the Trees Please – Conservation Awareness Program was a worthy winner. The program also received the overall Moira Shire award in this same category
The ‘Tree Please’ project was initiated by Yarrawonga P-12 College year 11 student William Giltrap.
William’s passion for conservation and the environment brought together fellow students who with the help of various community representatives and the Eastern Foreshore Committee planted 30 one metre high Red Gum trees at Chinaman’s Island Nature Reserve.
A further enhancement of the conservation message involved arranging fellow students to pledge their commitment to conservation by leaving their fingerprint on an art installation representing a tree. This project will become and on-going memorial to their VCAL year.