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City of Ballarat Community Magazine March 2010
Australia Day celebrations
Council hosted a range of events to help Ballarat residents and visitors
celebrate Australia Day last month.
The annual Australia Day Awards ceremony was held on Australia Day
eve, Monday 25 January at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Each year the
awards recognise the achievements and contribution made by
members of our local community.
This year's winners were:
Citizen of the Year -- Ronnie Rosenow
Young Citizen of the Year -- Courtney McKay
Community Activity of the Year -- Eureka Carols
Congratulations to each of this year's award nominees and thank you
for your ongoing efforts within our city.
Ronnie Rosenow was this year's worthy recipient of the Citizen of the
Year award. Ronnie has been a registered volunteer foster carer with
Child and Family Services Inc. (CAFS) for the past 14 years. During this
time she has cared for more than 150 children within our community.
The winner of the Young Citizen of the Year award was Courtney McKay.
Courtney has been involved in the community through the YMCA and
Delacombe Neighbourhood Renewal programs where she has been
both a volunteer and employee.
The well-known community event - The Eureka Carols -- was the winner
of this year's Community Activity of the Year award. The Eureka Carols
is a free community event that promotes and raises funds for the 3BA
This year's Australia Day events included the traditional Australia Day
Citizenship Ceremony and for the first time a Harmony Cricket match
hosted by the Ballarat Indian Association and Council's Multicultural
Council's Youth Services team hosted the seventh annual Oz Day Gig
'10 from 2pm before some family orientated entertainment took to the
stage from 5pm.
For the first time a Local Attractions Expo was held for visiting friends
and relatives to learn more about Ballarat's leading attractions.
This year Council joined forces with 3BA to introduce the 'Hands around
the Lake' initiative, aimed at uniting the community on Australia Day.
Hundreds of local residents formed a human chain around Lake
Wendouree as a prelude to the always impressive 3BA Skyworks
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