The city of Port Lincoln has announced the Port Lincoln 2021 Australia Day Citizen of the year Award winners across the four categories.
The awards recognise individuals and community groups who have made an impact in the community over the past year, with this year demonstrating several challenges and resilience of the Port Lincoln community.
Citizen of the Year
Mr. Chris Mantle
Mr. Chris Mantle was nominated for his tireless efforts, involvement and contributions to the Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Group and the Port Lincoln History Group. The person who nominated Chris said he has been a driving force behind the Port Lincoln History Group for many years and is the current President. He spends countless hours manning and upgrading the Mill Cottage Museum and is heavy involved in digitising.
Young Citizen of the Year
Mr. Dylan Cowley
Mr. Dylan Cowley was awarded for his passion towards his community and a voice for youth. Dylan is a volunteer leader at Passionis Productions and is a band member with the Salvation Army Church. Dylan also represented his community in Youth Parliament for the first time this year.
Community Event of the Year
Port Lincoln Football League (2020 Grand Final Event)
The Port Lincoln Football League Grand Final was awarded the Community Event of the Year for its efforts in providing a weekly outlet to those families and individuals who play football during the trying times of COVID. It provided a sense of community and community connection in a time community connection was very difficult.
Award for Active Citizenship
Ms. Johana Page
A new category added this year was an Award for Active Citizenship awarded to Johana Page. Johana instigated some great community events, virtually (and physically), during the challenging times of COVID- 19. Johana has contributed to the community by sharing her life experiences, talents and learnings, through various platforms including presentations, workshops and online, delivering positive messages and mental health initiatives.
Mayor Brad Flaherty said “Congratulations to our winners and to all those who were nominated. It has been a tough year and it is great to be able to reflect and acknowledge the wonderful people we have in our community making this the best place to live”.
“The Australia Day celebrations are going to be a little different in 2021 with the Award Presentations and Citizenship Ceremony to be held at the Nautilus Arts Centre on Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 11am, following the Australia Day Breakfast.”, said Mayor Flaherty.
Complimentary tickets for the Australia Day Breakfast are available now through www.satickets.com.au.
There will be three 45 minute seatings for breakfast starting at 7am, 8am and 9am.
There will also be a takeaway option for breakfast at the Flinders Archway between 7am and 9.30am, no bookings required.
The gold coin donation for breakfast will be shared between two community groups, Port Lincoln Little Athletics and the Eagles Softball Club who will be preparing and cooking the breakfast alongside the Elected Members.