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MEDIA RELEASE - Outstanding community members recognised at Australia Day festivities

26 January 2017

Two Glenelg Shire residents who have dedicated their lives to helping the community have shared the 2017 Glenelg Shire Citizen of the Year Australia Day Award.

Cyril Cram from Portland and Noel Bull from Dartmoor were named joint recipients of the day’s top honour, recognised today in celebrations hosted across the shire.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said both were outstanding individuals who had helped to empower their communities through their tireless volunteer efforts.

Mr Cram was recognised for his passion for supporting the people of the Glenelg Shire, having been a volunteer in the area since he was 15 years of age.

“There aren’t many people in Portland who have not heard of Cyril, or the amazing work he does for the community,” Cr Rank said.

“He has been instrumental in helping to run and assist community groups such as the Portland Citizens’ Brass Band, the Portland Coastguard, Portland Apex Club and St Johns Ambulance Brigade. He is an outstanding role model for our current and future generations of the Glenelg Shire.”

Fellow Citizen of the Year Mr Bull has been a strong advocate for mental health, particularly for men. Through his calendar ‘Farming in your Spare time’, he has helped to raise more than $16,000 for Beyondblue.

“With the added element of personal experience, Noel has been able to spark conversation and action in his community about an often taboo topic,” Cr Rank said.

“He has helped to improve the access to support services for individuals and families to overcome depression and anxiety. By reducing the stigma of mental illness, Noel is helping to change community attitudes, a truly incredible achievement.”

Hundreds of people joined Australia Day celebrations in Portland, Casterton and Heywood to recognise the award winners and to celebrate the citizenship of seven Glenelg Shire residents.

Australia Day Ambassadors provided motivational addresses at the celebrations, community paediatrician Dr Bruce Jenner presented at the Portland and Heywood events and futurist Dr Peter Ellyard spoke at the Casterton festivities.

Other Australia Day award winners included:

Senior Citizen of the Year – Heather Burton and Betty Collins
Heather Burton – Heather was recognised for her long standing volunteer efforts with Portland and District Health.
Betty Collins – Betty was recognised for her involvement in many community groups such as The Friends of the Glenelg House, Telelink, Meals on Wheels and the local Quilters Group.

Young Citizen of the Year – Grace Davey and Kane Forbes
Grace Davey – Grace was recognised for her high level of involvement and leadership in her school, local sports and service clubs, particularly through the Portland Lifesaving Club.
Kane Forbes – Kane was recognised for his ability to overcome adversary, especially at a young age, and his active involvement with local sporting clubs in Casterton.

Community Group of the Year – Portland Coastguard
Thanks to the efforts of the Portland Coastguard 1200 people have received help, 67,000 radio calls have been responded to and volunteers have provided in excess of 42,000 hours of assistance.

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