AUSTRALIA DAY 2017
Locals shine at Australia Day Awards
Sharmane Jones was named Citizen of the Year at Meander Valley Council’s Australia Day Awards celebration.
Selflessly serving the Meander Valley community, Sharmane has worked tirelessly as Bracknell Primary School’s longest serving teacher, mentoring students and providing support. A committed Life Member of both the Bracknell Primary School’s Parents and Friends Association and the Bracknell Football Club, Sharmane played an integral role in the development of the Bracknell Primary School’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and demonstrates endeavour and inspiring community spirit.
The Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Miss Nikayla Eyles. Deferring her studies, Miss Eyles volunteered as a teacher of English in Burundi Africa before returning home to develop a local after school program for children. She has been a tireless fundraiser for charitable organisations and has made a significant contribution to the community with her leadership and compassion.
Bracknell Primary School’s 150th Anniversary Celebration received the Community Event Award. Approximately 1,000 people shared in the rich history of the Bracknell Primary School event, officially opened by the Premier of Tasmania.
Mrs Taneil Bloomfield accepted the 2017 Meander Valley Sports Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to junior sport including basketball, netball, soccer and football. Passionate about ensuring young people have access to sporting opportunities, Mrs Bloomfield coaches, trains and umpires and has been inducted as an inaugural Life Member of the Deloraine Devils Netball Club.
Twenty volunteers from the Meander Valley municipal area were recognised for their efforts, receiving awards for 1000 hours, 3000 hours and exceptional service to the community.
“Each year I am humbled to present these awards. They reflect dedication, commitment and the inspiring spirit of Meander Valley. Thank you to all who have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to serve others. This strengthens our community and your selflessness makes me proud to represent the municipality”, Mayor, Craig Perkins.
Meander Valley also welcomed seven new citizens from various locations including India, the USSR, Latvia and Thailand.