Swan Hill Rural City Council has awarded Sharon Denham 2023 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Alannah Taylor 2023 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year and the Nyah District Christmas Carnival the Community Event of the Year.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor, Les McPhee said Council had received a number of very worthy award nominations and this year these incredible recipients stood out, for formal acknowledgement.
“Sharon Denham has been formally recognised of her long and valued commitment to basketball and player development, in our community – in the past 27 years, most local basketballers would have had the opportunity to be coached by Sharon.
“Sharon has volunteered extensively for Swan Hill Basketball Association and had held most positions on the committee. She is recognised as an excellent coach and a champion of the sport, by her peers,” Cr McPhee said.
Cr McPhee said Sharon had also been a trailblazer for female coaches.
“She has become a great mentor for young female coaches, encouraging and inspiring them grow – it is wonderful to see.
“Sharon is an outstanding advocate for basketball in our community and is a worthy recipient of 2023 Australia Day Citizen of the Year,” he said.
Cr McPhee also congratulated Alannah Taylor as the 2023 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year and the Nyah District Christmas Carnival as the Community Event of the Year.
“Alannah Taylor has broadly demonstrated a passion for her community and beyond, by participating as a volunteer in a number of charitable and community events.
“Her commitment at times spanning over five years, a significant amount of time for someone of her age.
“Alannah is a respectful and a well-liked member of the community and has developed good relationships with others.
“The Nyah District Christmas Carnival is family-friendly carnival is the major annual community gathering for people in the Nyah District, including the communities of Nyah, Nyah West, Koraleigh, Vinifera and Wood Wood – over 1000 people attended this event.
“The evening provided a family friendly event that brought cheer to all that attended, particularly after the difficulties of Covid-19” Cr McPhee added.
Cr McPhee extended his heartfelt congratulations to all 2023 Australia Day award recipients.
“Every year we are amazed by the efforts of people within our community – we thank each of these remarkable community members for their contributions,” he said.