DIGBY’S June Holmes was named joint winner of the Glenelg Shire’s senior citizen of the year award at the Australia Day celebrations held at Casterton’s Island Park last Sunday.
Mrs Holmes shared the inaugural award with Portland’s Hazel Short after the shire’s Australia Day advisory committee could not split the pair to receive the award.
It was the first time the shire had announced a senior citizen of the year award.
Portland residents dominated the awards this year with Bev McIlroy being announced citizen of the year; Miranda Jones was named young citizen of the year; and the Portland Surf Life Saving Club was named the community group of the year.
Mrs Holmes was presented with her award by former mayor Cr Karen Stephens at Island Park, which was packed for the Australia Day celebrations.
“Following careful consideration of the nominations received for the Senior Citizen of the Year 2014, the Australia Day Advisory Committee decided that there were two nominees who were equally worthy and the decision to split them was just too difficult,” Cr Stephens said.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.