Australia Day Awards

Golden Plains Shire Council is always proud to recognise outstanding members of the community.

Each year we call for residents to nominate each other for an Australia Day Award in these categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year.

2016 Australia Day Award winners

2016 Australia Day Award winners, from left: Marita Seaton on behalf of Live @ Turtle Bend, Matthew Kinnia, Jill Wheeler and David Bruce.

Citizen of the Year for 2016: David Bruce
David received this award in recognition of his years of service to the Teesdale community.

David is a Teesdale resident, a longstanding Community Coordinator and a member of the Turtle Bend Events Committee, the Community Hall Committee and the Teesdale Grassy Woodlands Committee.

David’s nomination said he is not afraid to challenge ideas or single-handedly fight for projects that will make a difference for Teesdale.

David makes a terrific contribution to Teesdale and you set an extraordinary example for Golden Plains.

Senior Citizen of the Year for 2016: Jill Wheeler
Jill is a part-time resident of Golden Plains and one of the Shire’s most dedicated community members when it comes to preserving local history.

Jill has been the President of the Linton and District Historical Society since 2010, which involves lots of ongoing volunteer hours, and recently published her book called ‘Linton Makes History – an Australian goldfields town and its past’.

She hunts down funding, drives projects with enthusiasm and commitment and throws herself wholeheartedly into any opportunity where Linton’s history can be shared, built on or kept alive.

Young Citizen of the Year for 2016: Matthew Kinnia

At age 17, Matthew is already a true role model.

As well as the countless volunteer hours he has put towards over 15 community events, Matthew stands out for his initiative, leadership and the enthusiasm he applies to everything he does.

He’s not afraid to speak up about what he believes in – Matthew spoke at the Municipal Association of Victoria about the importance of supporting young entrepreneurs, and spoke at Parliament House about youth enterprise to members of the Federal Government.

Community Event of the Year 2016: Live @ Turtle Bend 2015
Live @ Turtle Bend is in its sixth year and continues to be a fantastic outdoor music event; showcasing local and regional talent and attracting big crowds from Teesdale and beyond.

As a spectator, you may be surprised that this major local event is entirely run by a small group of Teesdale residents – and yet it is.  The time, effort and energy that go into pulling this event off is nothing short of outstanding.

The 2015 Live @ Turtle Bend required an even higher level of planning, as it was combined with the Golden Plains Shire Battle of the Bands competition – and it was yet another major success for Teesdale and Golden Plains.


Do you know someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to our community or did you attend or help organise a magnificent community event?

You're invited to nominate an outstanding citizen or event for the Australia Day Awards 2017. These awards are a wonderful way to formally acknowledge the fantastic people and events of Golden Plains.

Nominations will open later in the year.

The 2015 Australia Day Award  recipients were:

  • Young Citizen of the Year: Angela O'Neill
  • Community Event of the Year: Battle of Bannockburn (Bannockburn & District Lions Club; Rob Walters as representative)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: Jeff Howson
  • Citizen of the Year: Dale Smithyman


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