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Australia Day 2019 - Citizen of the Year

At the Naracoorte Lucindale Council meeting held in December, Mayor Erika Vickery OAM announced the Australia Day Citizen of the Year award recipients.

“The Citizen of the Year awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during 2018, and / or given outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community over and above normal employment duties” Mayor Vickery said. 


The Australia Day Citizen of the Year award recipients are:


  • Naracoorte Citizen of the Year – Norma Davis.
  • Lucindale Citizen of the Year – Lynette Loechel
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Angelique Dellaney
  • Event of the Year – 40th Anniversary of the South East Field Days – Lucindale Lions Club
  • Lucindale Certificate of Appreciation – Stephanie Brooker-Jones and David Brooker


“There were many good nominations received and choosing the recipients was difficult.  I’d like to congratulate Norma Davis, Lynette Loechel, Angelique Dellaney, the Lucindale Lions Club and Stephanie Brooker Jones and David Brooker on their awards” Mayor Vickery said.


Naracoorte Citizen of the Year, Norma Davis is a caring and community minded person and is well known for her cooking prowess supporting many fundraising, charitable and voluntary services.  Norma’s community involvement is extensive and includes the Suicide Prevention Network, the Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network, Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church and Soroptimist International Naracoorte.  Norma has also been involved in the Kybybolite Football Club and the Migrant Resource Centre English Language classes.


Lucindale Citizen of the Year, Lynette Loechel is a quiet achiever for the Lucindale community.  Lynette is a life member of the Lucindale PA and H Show, has organised the quilt display at the South East Field Days for many years and recently took on the fashion parade, has been on the LINC Committee for many years and is well known for Fresh Food Fridays.  Lynette has also contributed to the Lucindale Area School, Balharry Memorial Kindergarten and Lucindale Girl Guides.


Young Citizen of the Year, Angelique Dellaney has demonstrated her dedication, commitment and participation in many school and community activities.  Her selfless determination to help others shows courage and is admirable.  Some of her many contributions include Lucindale Area School Student Representative Council and other school committees, Mental Health Ambassador, Friends with Benefits and Lucindale Netball Club.  Angelique was a recipient of the Premier's ANZAC Spirit Award in 2018.


The Lucindale Lions Club hosted the fortieth South East Field Days in 2018 and the Event of the Year award recognises the positive contribution of the South East Field Days to the community over forty years.  The Lucindale Lions Club through the money raised at the South East Field Days is a strong supporter of the local and wider community particularly education, health and sporting bodies.  Recently the Lucindale Lions Club initiated the Yakka Park Music Festival which is also giving back to the community.


A certificate of appreciation has been awarded to Stephanie Brooker-Jones and David Brooker for their contribution to the wool industry and shearing.  David and Steph were instrumental in starting the Sports Shear Australia Association and have run the Lucindale Sports Shear events for around 25 years.  They are both passionate about shearing and the wool industry.  They are great promoters of everything to do with wool and shearing and are well known advocators and educators on the topics of shearing and wool. 


“The Citizen of the Year awards are determined as a result of nominations from the community.  I’d like to thank everyone who completed nomination forms and encourage people to renominate next year.  We know that there are many people who contribute It was disappointing to have no nominations for the Naracoorte Young Citizen of the Year or the Event of the Year for Naracoorte” Mayor Vickery said.  


The Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award are presented at Australia Day celebrations on 26 January 2019.  Celebrations kick off at Naracoorte at 7.00am at the Naracoorte Town Square with breakfast supplied by local service clubs, entertainment starts from 7.35am.  The official ceremony commences at 7.55am. 


This is followed by celebrations and a community lunch, supplied by community groups, at Lucindale at 11.00am at Centenary Park, Musgrave Avenue.