Community leading lights awarded

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Community leading lights awarded

Corcoran Ward


2024 Citizen of the Year – Chris Hollingsworth


Chris has been an extremely active member of the Millicent community for many years and is a very talented artist, actress, cook, musician, seamstress and gardener.

Past and present voluntary activities include the Company of Seven, Millicent Shares a Plate and Imagine Millicent.

Chris has been involved in coordinating, directing and producing school musicals and Murder at the Millicent Museum melodramas, she is a member of the Ukulele group and local representative at folk festivals across the country.

2024 Active Citizen of the Year – Jay Watson


The following words describe Jay perfectly – amazing, hardworking, friendly, approachable, dedicated, striving to make lives better for others on a daily basis.

Jay is actively involved in the Millicent Cancer Support Group, Millicent Shares a Plate and school committees.

She is also heavily involved in the Mount Burr Football and Netball Club, having had many roles over the years including Committee Member, Canteen Manager, Catering Cook and Bar Volunteer.

Community Event of the Year – IMAG (Imagine Millicent)


The Millicent Met Gala: The Wearable Art Fashion Event was held in October at the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre with 24 garments from 20 designers across the Limestone Coast.

180 tickets were sold, and the event raised $3683 on the night.
2024 Youth Recognition Award for Contribution to the Community Award – Brogan Wright

Brogan is an inspirational young member of the community, actively involved in the Millicent Girl Guides, the Limestone Coast Rangers, and the inaugural Wattle Range Youth Advisory Council.

She has been observed in these networks to take the lead, encourage her peers, and enthusiastically engage with all activities.

Most notably is Brogan’s initiative in designing the 2023 Halloween YAC Disco marketing material, attending the Community Changemakers Summit in Adelaide, and presenting a professionally researched presentation during a deputation on the Youth Advisory Council activity.

Riddoch Ward


2024 Citizen of the Year – Doug Balnaves


Doug is an outstanding resident of the Riddoch Ward and continues to put his community first.

He has lived, worked in and contributed to the Penola/Coonawarra region for eight decades.

His list of community projects is unsurpassed with the Penola Town Square as one of the most recent examples of Doug’s perseverance to the ongoing success of the town.

2024 Active Citizen of the Year – Judy Goodes-Mountford


Judy comes from a strong family background of community service.

Judy is always the first to volunteer and when given a job it is always completed to a high standard and within the allocated time, she is reliable and organised which is seen in all the administrative roles she is given.

She participates in activities that provide a service to her community, whether that be working bees or fundraising for a project.

2024 Young Citizen of the Year Award Rochelle “Shelly” Crawford


Shelly is an important role model to her peers.

In the past year she has been a representative of the Wattle Range Council Youth Advisory Committee; attended the Future Leaders Academy in Tonga; awarded the Wattle Range Mayoral Award for 2023 at Penola High School; was the winner of the Penola and Mount Gambier zone awards and a finalist in the overall Lions Youth of the Year Awards; has been approached to lead at the Lions SA Camp this year; has hosted an exchange student for the Penola Lions Club; coached Net Set Go at Penola and ran the program at Nangwarry Primary School; and will be Penola High School captain in 2024.

Kintore Ward


2024 Citizen of the Year Linda Carter-Shepherd


Linda is an integral part of the Beachport community, always there to support others and the local organisations such as the SA Ambulance Service, the Beachport Surf Life Saving Club and the Millicent United Soccer Club.

Linda volunteers in a variety of roles such as coaching, training, leading and mentoring.

Her character strengths are her care for others, her organisational skills and her support for her team members.

2024 Active Citizen of the Year – Kate Nowak.


As a dedicated resident of Beachport, Kate has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the town and residents.

Kate’s exceptional fundraising initiatives for Fight MND showcase her compassion and dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by this debilitating disease.

The work she does and the energy she applies to anything she tackles, sponsorship of local groups, and visionary entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of Beachport and its residents.

Community Event of the Year – Beachport Rivoli Bay Lions Club


The Rivoli Bay Jetties Junior Fishing Competitionis a free event that would not have been possible without generous sponsorship from the Beachport District Development Association, local community groups and businesses, Wattle Range Council and the Beachport Rivoli Bay Lions Club.

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