Shire of West Arthur

Australia Day Breakfast Awards

Citizen of the Year - Youth – Paige Nelson

Paige Nelson was awarded a place on the Collie Senior High School 2017 Anzac Tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. The tour aims to demonstrate that students are motivated, responsible young adults of enormous potential. They engage in fundraising activities providing a product or service, this is to build a team of students in the Anzac tradition of mateship and to develop skills and attitudes that will last a lifetime through hard work and effort.

Paige has been instrumental with others in organising with farmers in the West Arthur region to bag and sell sheep manure which has raised over $4,000 to date. Paige and her family organised a student gardening service and she has been heavily involved in a number of catering jobs as a cook and in serving foods at various catering functions.

Paige has a wonderful sense of humour and very much in the Australian tradition, and has played significant roles in services the students have been involved in such as Anzac Day 2016, Vietnam Veterans Day 2016, and in Albany- commemorated the 102 year departure of our troops from these shores in WW1. Paige was selected during this time to participate in an interview on ABC radio. Paige has been an excellent contributor to the group and demonstrates wonderful leadership skills.

Citizen of the Year - Youth – Paige Nelson

Active Citizenship –Group/Event – Community Gym

The group has established a community gym through fundraising, developing a vision and gaining necessary approvals, researching and purchasing equipment, and developing and implementing guidelines for the day to day running of the gym.

Volunteers fundraised approximately $6,500, through catering at various local events, and lobbied the Shire to use Shire facilities for a gym for community members. Following temporary use of the Football Change rooms and the Pioneer Hall, which demonstrated strong community interest, Council resolved to renovate the Music and Drama change rooms and hall storage area to give the gym a permanent home. The gym members share the facility with Darkan Music and Drama. Members contributed many voluntary hours to research and source what equipment to purchase, organised acquisition and delivery, and assembled the equipment. Volunteers created a set of rules/guidelines, induction process and liaised with the Shire's insurers, this task alone took many volunteer hours - drafting and redrafting editing etc. Reviews are also ongoing such as the guidelines for attending alone. Time consuming Gym Inductions are also performed by volunteers.

This was a community driven project which and is a credit to those who have spent many hours fundraising and working on the logistics of how it would run and continues to operate.

Active Citizenship –Group/Event – Community Gym

Citizen of the Year – Pam Wales

In most communities there are selfless individuals who are always available when a helping hand is needed, a consoling word spoken or congratulations meted out for good works. Pam is one such person who has become part of the patina of the town. She came to town as a young, bright-eyed independent young lady in the late 60s and was soon touted as one of the best teachers in town. Her skills were spread across many areas including business studies, maths, art and music. Despite being retired for some years now she does relief teaching in the primary school when called upon. Always there when a job needs to be done, quietly efficiently going about her tasks.

Pam has played some significant roles over the years, including secretary to many organisations. She has had stints in Junior Farmers, The Sports Club, and the West Arthur Community Resource Centre. Her other involvements include stage managing productions by the Music and Drama Society; and administrator of Westcare; a founding member of the Darkan Book Club (20 years ago); an active member of the gym; and long serving secretary of the West Arthur Community Resource Centre as well as a significant part of the WAX projects. She is also an active member of the Anglican Church.

This award is due recognition of all of Pam’s ongoing efforts and giving true meaning to the word community. She is the type of person we talk about when adopting the credo ‘Act, Belong, Commit.’

Citizen of the Year – Pam Wales

Australia Day Breakfast Sponsors

 Australia Day Breakfast  Breakfast in the park

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their donations:

Putland Motors

RW Engineering

Peake Livestock Services

Rarebits on Burrowes

West Arthur CRC

Astrid Peirce

Bunbury Farmers Market

Collie Community Bank

Coles Collie

Community BBQ

Duralyn Patchworks

Without these generous donations the Australia Day Breakfast wouldn't be possible.

Sausages and Eggs  Manning the Barbie

Photos courtesy of Astrid Peirce


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