A QUIET achiever from Numurkah has been named Moira Shire’s citizen of the year.
Heather Seiter received her honour at the council’s Australia Day awards ceremony at Numurkah Town Hall on Thursday.
With many interests including family, education and rural communities, her activities have helped people in Moira and the wider Goulburn Valley area.
Yarrawonga’s Jake Willett is the young citizen of the year for his work as a student representative and volunteer for initiatives such as National Homelessness Week and Don’t txt n drive.
The Moira community organisation of the year is the Lions Club of Yarrawonga.
Lions member Debbie Van Corler started the Made with Love free chemo turbans project where people donate their time and resources to create and deliver the turbans to hospitals and medical centres.
For the past six years Nathalia Angling Club has conducted a children’s come and try fishing day, which is now the Moira community event of the year.
The first fishing day attracted 40 entrants but now numbers are more than 600 with 223 children registered as well as their parents, grandparents and friends.
A voluntary fish release scheme, the Barmah environmental and conservation fingerling project, is the shire’s environmental project of the year.
Barmah Hotel social club has been releasing native fingerlings for more than a decade through the dollar for dollar native fish stocking program.
Special award mentions went to Jan Parker, of Yarrawonga, and Numurkah’s Dorothy Heard in the citizen category, Cobram Historical Society and Cobram RSL sub branch (organisation) and Rotary Club of Numurkah (community event).
The awards attracted 46 nominations from across the shire and Moira mayor Gary Cleveland said every nominee was a worthy recipient.
“Through all of your dedication and achievements and many hours of unpaid volunteer work, your contributions are commendable,” he said.
An independent consultant examined, reviewed and judged the applications.