Locals honored at Australia Day Awards

Posted on January 24, 2020

Judy Fellows has been named Citizen of the Year at Meander Valley Council’s Australia Day Awards celebration.

Judy has lived in Meander Valley her entire life and has been a local business owner and operator. She has always been passionate about the township of Westbury and has worked hard to support the community and all those she has employed over the years. For many years, she has given most generously to local clubs, venues and fundraising events, providing donations of food and prizes for raffles and regularly volunteers her time.

The Westbury Primary School’s Westbury 180 celebration received the Community Event of the Year Award. The event marked 180 years of government and community education and was celebrated with classroom tours, a fair, maypole dancing, the release of a new school song and the unveiling of a community mural. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for students, past and present, the staff and the community to reminisce and reflect on the school’s 180 year history.

Joshua Flowers was awarded the Meander Valley Sports Award. Joshua participated in the Australian Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania and Victoria and has also participated in World Championships in Bosnia, Canada, New Zealand and Italy. In 2013 at age 18, he was the youngest winner of the Australian Championships and has been selected to represent Australia as part of the World Team in Finland this year.

Meander Valley welcomed two new citizens at the event and ten volunteers from the municipal area were recognised for their efforts, receiving awards for 1000 hours, 3000 hours and exceptional service to the community.

“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 makes us all proud to represent our municipality”, Mayor, Wayne Johnston.

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