Our National Day in Boolarra dawned grey and mild, with wet grass underfoot in lovely Railway Park where celebrations were held. Nothing dampened the Community spirit though, as a large crowd of locals and assorted visitors lined up for the cooked breakfast provided by our CFA stalwarts and other helpers. We sincerely thank them for giving up part of their Australia Day holiday, and we also thank the many other helpers on the day.
The kids were eager to participate in the Gumboot Throw and Sack Races, and the adults consulted over the Trivia Quiz which had a distinctly “local” flavour. It’s amazing how many chocolates Lori Mansfield won! Jeannie Quick was there with several of the animals she currently has in care at the Wildlife Shelter.
Our Mayor, Cr. Darrell White, was an apology due to his attendance at the opening of Callignee Multipurpose Hall. Well-known BCDG members, Colin Brick and Rob Herni, presided over the formal proceedings, and presentations of Community Awards were made to twelve deserving locals. They were:
Emma Cooke –
For her energy, persistence and leadership in battling the red tape, coordinating the youthful artistic endeavours and designing the final display to bring the Boolarra Fire Art project to fruition.
Michael Schiller –
For his inspirational work on the redevelopment of the Morwell River Falls and the Old Mill site. The many hours of hard physical work to developing tracks, and installing seating and signage are a testament to his 100% enthusiasm and energy.
Faye Taylor –
Her long-standing encouragement of and dedication to Boolarra’s young women through the sport of netball, and in particular, the significant contribution she makes as a committee member and general support to all at BFNC.
Kristy Mills (Cupples) –
Her lovely calm persona belies the energy, artistry and commitment she focuses on her passions, including the Boolarra Primary School garden and surrounds, the Youth Theatre Company and her Yoga classes.
Mandy Peter –
For her unstinting efforts in her four years as School Council President. In a sometimes difficult, and time consuming, role Mandy conducts herself as a great team player; with tact and integrity and is unfailingly supportive of the school.
Michael Taylor –
For his tireless work as Greens Keeper and Bar Manager for the Boolarra Bowling Club. Michael has demonstrated his commitment through the outstanding job he has done despite ongoing health problems.
Lisa Papa –
For her enthusiasm and commitment during the establishment of the Boolarra and District Youth Theatre Company. Her fine work as Secretary, and her efforts behind the scenes, has enabled the new group to operate smoothly and effective
Garryelle Rose –
Recognised for her enthusiasm, vision and ongoing commitment to the community through projects such as the Youth Theatre Company, Christmas in July and the Carols. Garryelle makes Boolarra a richer place to live.
Samantha Brick –
The Boolarra community recognises her for her commitment to Boolarra as a Community over many years. Her organisational skills, drive and enthusiasm have been a key factor in the success of the healing tent, pamper day and Youth Theatre Company. She has a commitment in her professional and private endeavours to achieving improved outcomes for all associated with her.
Catheryn Thompson –
As a passionate conservationist, has been very prominent and active, both hands on and organizationally, in many worthy local area conservation activities. These include organizing weed control and water awareness seminars, and some great work on the upper Morwell River, especially the falls area.
Gwenda Pither –
For her wonderful efforts to promote community activities, and to help people. Her coordination of the Boolarra Stompers Relay for Life team deserves full praise for the money raised, the enjoyment experienced by the team members, and the recognition it provided to Boolarra as a community.
Dr. Margaret Costello –
In her quiet unassuming way she provides the community of Boolarra with a friendly, reliable and skilled medical practice that most rural communities could only dream of, with bulk billing, no appointments required and house visits when required.
It was really nice to see so many younger members of the Community honoured this year – perhaps an indication of the “passing of the baton” so to speak.
Volunteering is something we in Boolarra do really well, and it was heartening to see so many busy Mums rewarded for their involvement.
After the presentations, some “Bool Aria” members led us all in the singing of the National Anthem and the flag was raised.
In true Aussie spirit, it was announced that half the proceeds of our Open Gardens Day last November had been voted by the BCDG to be donated to Victorian Flood Relief. A donation bucket was also passed around on Australia Day, with donations of $300 being collected.
This Australia Day, maybe more than ever before, people will reflect on what it means to be an Aussie, certainly typified by helpers in our recent disastrous floods.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – OI! OI! OI!