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Congratulations to award recipients.

Swan Hill Rural City Council has awarded Ross Cleeland 2024 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Shannon ‘Ducky’ Polglase 2024 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year and Mallee Cruisers the Community Event of the Year.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor, Stuart King said Council had received several very worthy award nominations and this year these incredible recipients stood out, for formal acknowledgement.

“Ross Cleeland has been recognised for a lifetime dedicated to community service and an unwavering commitment to the betterment of the Swan Hill municipality.

“Ross has become a pillar of community support through his manyroles and tireless efforts in various organisations. Ross exemplifies compassion and empathy in aiding those in need,” Cr King said.

Cr King said the Citizen of the Year award is a testament to Ross’s outstanding contributions, reflecting the gratitude and admiration of a community that has been positively impacted by his generosity and efforts.

“He is characterised by his genuine enjoyment of helping and meeting people, making him a beloved figure in Swan Hill within social welfare organistions and sporting communities.

“Ross is an incredibly worthy recipient of 2024 Australia Day Citizen of the Year,” he said.

Cr King also congratulated Shannon ‘Ducky’ Polglase as the 2024 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year and Mallee Cruisers for the Community Event of the Year

“Shannon ‘Ducky’ Polglase has been recognised for exceptional resilience, extraordinary courage, remarkable leadership, and an outstanding contribution to the community.

“Shannon’s journey has been marked by overcoming trials and trauma with unwavering positivity. In the face of adversity. Shannon has demonstrated extraordinary courage, emerging as an inspirational figure within our community.

“Shannon’s commitment to building positive relationships between cultural groups has enriched the fabric of our community, fostering understanding and unity. Shannon has become a catalyst for positive change within our community.

“Mallee Cruisers Show and Shine at Riverside Park event brought together a diverse and vibrant community, attracting 120 entrants from various locations from right across the region and boosted the local economy.

“The event welcomed approximately 500-600 enthusiastic attendees,” Cr King said.

Cr King extended his heartfelt congratulations to all 2024 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.

For more information visit www.swanhill.vic.gov.au, or call 5036 2333.

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ROSS CLEELAND is hereby awarded the AUSTRALIA DAY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR FOR 2024 in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to community service and an unwavering commitment to the betterment of Swan Hill.

Ross Cleeland has become a pillar of community support through his multifaceted roles and tireless efforts in various organisations. Currently serving as the Secretary of the St Vincent de Paul Swan Hill conferee and welfare, Ross exemplifies compassion and empathy in aiding those in need.

As the Secretary for A Good Kitchen, Ross takes a hands-on approach to addressing homelessness supporting essential sustenance to the less fortunate. His dedication extends further as a Community Driver for Swan Hill Neighbourhood House, ensuring that residents have access to vital resources and assistance.

Ross’s advocacy for social causes is further demonstrated through his role as a member of the Domestic Violence Housing Committee, where he actively contributes to initiatives addressing the urgent needs of individuals facing domestic violence.

His extensive involvement in community organisations is truly commendable. Ross serves as both President and Secretary of the Apex Club of Swan Hill, demonstrating leadership and dedication in promoting community welfare. His contributions extend to the sports arena, where he holds the positions of President, Secretary, and Life Member of both RSL Cricket Club and Swan Hill and District Cricket Association. Ross is also President and Life Member of Tyntynder Football Club and Tyntynder Junior Football Club, embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and community building.

Ross’s commitment to beautifying Swan Hill is evident through his involvement in the McCallum Street beautification committee, showcasing his dedication to enhancing the aesthetics of our municipality.

His leadership extends to the rotary community, where he has served as both the President and Secretary and is currently the Community Service Director of Swan Hill Sunrise Rotary, exemplifying the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

Inducted into the Swan Hill and District Cricket Association Hall of Fame, Ross’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the sporting community. Yet, beyond accolades, Ross Cleeland is characterised by his genuine enjoyment of helping and meeting people, making him a beloved figure in Swan Hill.

Ross Cleeland is the embodiment of selfless service, community spirit, and leadership.

The Citizen of the Year award is a testament to his outstanding contributions, reflecting the gratitude and admiration of a community that has been positively impacted by his generosity and tireless efforts.

Congratulations to Ross for this well-deserved honour.

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SHANNON ‘DUCKY’ POLGLASE is hereby awarded the AUSTRALIA DAY YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR FOR 2024, in recognition of exceptional resilience, extraordinary courage, remarkable leadership and an outstanding contribution to the local community.

Shannon’s journey has been marked by overcoming trials and trauma with unwavering positivity. In the face of adversity, Shannon has demonstrated extraordinary courage, emerging as an inspirational figure within our community.

Shannon has become a profound influence on the youth of our community. Through empowerment and encouragement, Shannon leads by example, fostering the active involvement of young individuals. This positive impact is reflected in the improvement of self-esteem and a strengthened sense of identity among those touched by Shannon’s guidance.

Shannon’s commitment to building positive relationships between cultural groups has enriched the fabric of our community, fostering understanding and unity. Shannon has become a catalyst for positive change within our community.

Recognised by coaches and bestowed with the esteemed title of Captain of the Colts in 2022, Shannon’s leadership qualities have shone brightly both on and off the field. This acknowledgment underscores Shannon’s ability to inspire and lead others towards a shared vision of success.

Shannon Polglase represents the qualities and virtues befitting the Young Citizen of the Year. Through resilience, courage, and leadership, Shannon has not only overcome personal challenges but has also become a transformative force for positive change within our community.

Congratulations to Shannon for this well-deserved recognition.

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MALLEE CRUISERS SHOW AND SHINE AT RIVERSIDE PARK SWAN HILL is hereby awarded the AUSTRALIA DAY COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR 2023.

This extraordinary event brought together a diverse and vibrant community, attracting 120 entrants from various locations from right across the region and boosted the local economy.

Entrants created a spectacular display of cars, utes, vans, and motorbikes, captivating a large audience. The event held at Riverside Park welcomed approximately 500-600 enthusiastic attendees. Festivities included market stalls, a variety of food options, and entertainment for children, featuring a jumping castle, face painting, representation from the Novo Youth Council and Youth Inc, and the community ambulance.

The highlight of the event was the competition for 23 trophy categories and lucky entrant prizes, adding an element of friendly competition and excitement. Generous donations from local businesses contributed to a successful raffle, with proceeds exceeding $8000. Notably, all profits from this outstanding event will be channelled back into the community to support mental health initiatives.

The Mallee Cruisers’ dedication, commitment, and community spirit showcased in this event truly exemplify the essence of the Australia Day Award – Community Event of the Year. Their efforts have not only brought joy and unity but also made a lasting impact on the well-being of the community.

Congratulations to the Mallee Cruisers for their exceptional contribution to the community.

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