WHEN: Friday 26 January 2018
TIME: 8.00am - 12.00pm
WHERE: Lions Park, Ardlethan
CONTACT: Jess Inch - Coolamon Shire Council 02 6930 1840
Join us to celebrate Australia Day 2018 in Ardlethan. Kicking off with a free community BBQ breakfast from 8.00am with the official Australia Day Ceremony starting at 10.00am, where local citizens will be recognised for their valued contributions to the community.
Our Australia Day Ambassador, Josephine Peter, will help us recognise many Coolamon Shire locals who have been nominated for an Australia Day Award, including:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- The Shane Till Memorial Award for Sporting Achievement
- Young Sportsperson of the Year Award
- Community Group/Event of the Year Award.
Life-long volunteer, with seven decades of giving back
Seven decades of volunteer work began in 1940, when seven-year-old Josephine Peter knitted her first pair of socks for Australia’s troops. Over the course of World War II, Josephine made 450 pairs of socks, starting a lifetime of dedication to others. Since then, she’s been a stalwart on parents’ committees and arts societies. She’s handed out how to vote cards at elections for 54 years. She sat on the board of Broken Hill’s Robinson College for 25 years, with seven years as president, she was a volunteer tutor for more than a decade and for the past 33 years she has been a Broken Hill tour guide. Josephine’s listened to people’s problems as a telephone counsellor, coordinated 22 debutante balls for Rotary and has supported the VIEW Club and Smith Family for 27 years, including 3 years as zone councillor and 3 year as national councillor. Josephine is involved with the women’s flying doctors and has been in the Silver City Probus club for 24 years on committee and served three terms as president. She’s driven thousands of kilometres in car rallies to raise funds for kidney health and to build a children’s cemetery in her hometown. At 83 years of age, Josephine’s volunteer efforts have not diminished, and her influence on the community of Broken Hill is unmatched. Coolamon Shire Council is honoured to host Josephine as our 2018 Australia Day Ambassador.