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Australia Day

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Australia Day 2018 Awards

As part of the Australia Day Festivities, Balranald Shire Council recognises the achievements of members of our community for their contributions during the  previous year and calls for nominations. This is your chance to recognise the most deserving members of our community.

Council recognises its citizens through nominations in the following categories:

Citizen of the Year – Presented to the most outstanding Citizen

Young Citizen of the Year – Presented to the most outstanding Citizen aged under 25 years

Sportsperson of the Year – Presented for outstanding achievement in sport

Young Sportsperson of the Year- Presented for outstanding achievement in sport

Sporting Team of the Year – Presented for outstanding team achievement in sport

Special Achievement Award – (in any field of endeavour)

Community Event – Presented to the person or group who has staged an outstanding community event during the previous year

Nomination forms are available at Councils office or via email requests.

If you know someone who makes your community a better place, nominate them for an Australia Day Award today.

How do I make a nomination?  –

Nominations must be in writing on the official Australia Day 2018 – Nomination form for 2017.  You can collect a Australia Day 2018 – Nomination form for 2017 from the Council Office, Euston Post Office.

Nominations must be in writing on the official  and submitted to the General Manager.  The closing date for nominations has been extended to no later than Monday 18 December 2017.

Please return your completed Australia Day 2018 – Nomination form for 2017 to:

The General Manager
Balranald Shire Council
Post: PO Box 120, Balranald NSW 2715
In person: Council Office, 70 Market Street, Balranald


Who judges the Awards?

The Awards are judged by a selection panel made up of Elected Members and other community representatives.


When will the recipients be announced?

The Award recipients will be announced at the official Awards Ceremony taking place on Australia Day.


More information?

For more information about the Australia Day Awards contact the Balranald Shire on  03 5020 1300


Past awards ceremonies……

Australia Day 2017 – Awards for Service during 2017

Balranald Shire Celebrates Australia Day 2017!

Residents from the Balranald Shire gathered to celebrate local Australia Day award presentations held in Balranald and Euston.  With ideal weather conditions the Balranald Discovery Centre was a hive of activity as at least 200 people joined in the breakfast celebrations.

An Australian Citizenship ceremony started the official Australia Day celebrations with Tony Trinchi and Fiona Scoleri becoming Australian citizens.  Tony and Fiona raised the flag whilst the Mayor and Ambassador Corey Payne led the community singing the National Anthem.

Australia Day Ambassador Corey captivated the audience with his passion for Australia, in particular founding the Future Direction Network and working with young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. 

Corey is extremely dedicated about the youth of today and ensuring they achieve all the success they wish through being able to continue their education.

Corey also spoke about his time as a professional rugby league player and listed his parents as a driving force to his achievements, one of which was being named the NSW Young Australian of the Year in 2013.

At the conclusion of the Balranald presentations Corey, along with Mayor Leigh Byron, Councillors Trevor Jolliffe, Steve O’Halloran and Doug Allen and General Manager Aaron Drenovski attended morning tea hosted by the residents and staff of Bidgee Haven Hostel.

At 12.30pm residents and visitors gathered at the Euston Multi-purpose Centre for the Euston Australia Day Award Presentation and BBQ lunch.

Cr Trevor Jolliffe kicked off the Euston celebrations with the raising of the Australian flag whilst the crowd sang the National Anthem.


Award Recipients

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Albert “Berty” Lansdown

The recipient for Citizen of the Year for outstanding achievements in 2016 is Mr Berty Lansdown.

Berty is a tireless worker who has contributed in many ways over many years to serving the community of Balranald and surrounds.

Berty has been a volunteer driver for Adult Day Care for many years – most Mondays and Thursdays he will drive the bus for the Centre and also on outings, either in town or further afield, such as Mungo National Park or Swan Hill to the cinema.

Over the years, Berty has also taken residents of Bidgee Haven on tours, outings and health appointments.

Berty is an active member of the Balranald Headquarters of the Rural Fire Brigade since 2008.  His main role is maintenance officer but he also

  • assists driving the Mac semi-trailer (water tanker) at fires or accidents
  • Volunteers at and helps teach at the Junior Fire Cadets event held at the Balranald Central School for ten weeks every other year.  Berty is an excellent teacher and has an interest in each of the cadet’s safety and wellbeing.

Berty plays a very important part at the Balranald headquarters Rural Fire Brigade because of his wealth of knowledge of the district; such as where roads or water tanks are located etc.  He imparts whatever advice and help he can to the members and they feel extremely privileged to have a member of Berty’s calibre.

Another organisation Berty volunteers for is Balranald Meals on Wheels.  He and his wife Lex assisted delivering meals to residents – a much needed service for many years together and when Lex passed away, Berty continued, and to this day still delivers meals.

Berty was the first volunteer driver to be appointed for the Health and Community Care (HACC) service since its inception (at least 12 years ago) and now volunteers for CareWest, who took over from HACC.

Berty is extremely popular and is often requested by clients to be their driver.  Bert drives at least once a week, taking clients to their appointments, such as eye or heart specialists or non-urgent door to door transport.

These are some of the things Berty finds time for.  Berty is a very well loved and appreciated person by all who know him.  He is a very caring and knowledgeable person, and can also tell a good yarn.

Berty is one of those quiet achievers that does not seek recognition for his community service, and is a worthy recipient of the 2017 Australia Day Citizen of the Year award for Balranald Shire. 

Corey Payne & Berty Lansdown



Jacob Lister has been nominated for Young Sportsperson of The Year for his achievements in sport; specifically cricket.

Jacob has displayed commitment and great sportsmanship in the sporting field of cricket, having captained Balranald Central School and representing the Riverina at the NSW Open Boys State Cricket championships in Sydney recently.  He has been a great ambassador for his school and community.

Jacob played in the Swan Hill District Cricket Association (SHDCA) 
A-Grade competition playing for Nyah District and some of his achievements for the league include:

  • 3rd overall for batting in A-Grade
  • 3rd overall for Cricketer of the Year in A-Grade
  • Named number 3 batsman in the SHDCA Team of the Year
  • Represented SHDCA in the Country Mallee Murray State Championship Under 18 Cricket team in Melbourne in 2016
  • Represented SHDCA in the Under 21 Country Mallee Murray Cricket Team at Warracknabeal
  • Coached the SHDCA under 16 Junior Country Week Competition Cricket Team

Some of Jacob achievements for Nyah District include:

  • 1st overall for batting in A-Grade (343 runs)
  • 1st – overall for Cricketer of the Year in A-Grade
  • Playing in premiership winning team for Nyah District in the SHDCA

Mayor Byron Jacob Lister & Corey Payne



This year, the Balranald Shire Council Australia Day committee was faced with two equally worthy sporting teams for Sporting Team of the Year. 

  • both teams represented Balranald Central School in their respective categories
  • both played and were undefeated at the Southern NSW Netball competition in Leeton
  • both progressed to State championships in Dubbo, where they both played against 5 teams – and were again undefeated
  • both won their individual categories, those being Central High Schools State Netball Championships 2016 in the OPENS category and Under 16’s category.

While some of the girls competed in both the OPEN’S and Under 16’s teams, both teams displayed amazing leadership skills and sportsmanship, and with a strong will, some amazing confidence and belief in themselves, both teams won.

The OPEN’S team consisted of: (those in red competed in both teams)

Maddy Militto
Isabella Harding (missing from photo)
Kiandra Dalton
Samantha Renfrey
Madison Jess
Jordyn Jolliffe
Tessa Duryea (missing from photo)                                 
Jada Phillips                                     
Chloe Militto


 The Under 16’S team consisted of:

Faith Jolliffe
Bonnie Jolliffe                                  
Isabella Scalora
Sophie Renfrey                               
Abbie Renfrey                                 
Hannah Morton
Jenae Johnstone
Madison Jess
Jordyn Jolliffe
Tessa Duryea (missing from photo)                                 
Jada Phillips                                     
Chloe Militto  

Kiandra Dalton was the umpire for this team


OPENS & U 16s netball teams



– Local Balranald band – “Overdraft”

Overdraft was nominated for a Special Achievement Award for their contribution to community entertainment events.

It seems the Overdraft, or the Greenham’s as they are sometimes known, have been playing in their band “Overdraft” for as long as they have been able to draw breath.

Over the years they have entertained the community and other organisations just because they love what they do…. AND with little or no payment.


Overdraft with Corey Payne and Mayor Byron



Hayley Moore

Hayley Moore has been nominated for a Special Achievement Award for her achievements in sport.

Hayley has represented Euston Public School in 100m & 200m running in State Athletics – and Barrier Athletics, swimming and cross country.

Mayor Byron, Hayley Moore & Corey Payne


John Bulzomi

John Bulzomi has been nominated for a Special Achievement Award for his achievements in sport.

John has represented Euston Public School in State soccer and Murray Darling cross country.

Corey Payne, John Bulzomi & Mayor Byron


Marcus Chirchiglia

Marcus Chirchiglia has been nominated for a Special Achievement Award for his achievements in sport.

Marcus participated in State AFL and Barrier Athletics, shotput and discus champion.

Corey Payne, Marcus Chirchiglia & Mayor Byron


Australia Day 2016 – Awards for Service during 2015

A Record Crowd as Balranald Shire Celebrates Australia Day 2016!

A record crowd at Balranald  gathered to celebrate Australia Day and Balranald Shire award presentations.

A new venue for Balranald – the Discovery Centre – and ideal weather conditions, made for a lovely event as around 200 people attended the breakfast and award celebrations.

The official Australia Day celebrations began with Cr Trevor Jolliffe raising the flag whilst Mrs Greenham lead the community singing the National Anthem.

Balranald Shire 2016 Australia Day Ambassador Hannah Campbell-Pegg was unable to make the trip due to a medical condition, so beloved Balranald local, Mrs Doreen Greenham OAM, stepped in as Ambassador. Doreen addressed the audience and told of her life in Balranald and passion for Balranald Shire.  Doreen also spoke of Hannah Campbell-Pegg’s achievements.

At the conclusion of the Balranald presentations, Mrs Greenham, Mayor Leigh Byron, Councillors Elaine Campbell, Trevor Jolliffe and Steve O’Halloran, along with General Manager Aaron Drenovski and Elizabeth White, Director Corporate & Community Development attended morning tea hosted by the residents and staff of Bidgee Haven Hostel.

At 12.30pm around 100 residents and visitors gathered at the Euston Multi-purpose Centre for the Euston Australia Day Award Presentation and BBQ lunch.

The official part of Euston celebrations commenced with Cr Trevor Jolliffe raising the
Australian flag and singing of the National Anthem.

The highlight of the day was the awards presentation.  Awards presented were:   (click on photos to enlarge)

Balranald Shire Citizen of the Year

The dedication and commitment to the community by Balranald resident Mrs Janice Murphy was publicly recognised when Janice was named the Balranald Shire Citizen of the Year.


Janice was very shocked at receiving this award – she said she was very privileged to receive such recognition for doing the things she loves to do.



Young Sportsperson of the Year

Kobe Lloyd from Balranald received the award for Young Sportsperson of the Year – outstanding achievements by a young man. Kobe was unable to attend the ceremony as he was in South Africa touring with the Under 15 All Australian AFL team.  The award was accepted by his mother, Mrs Kim Lloyd, sister Macey and brother Drew on Kobe’s behalf.



The Community Event of the Year

The Community Event of the Year was presented to the Balranald Central School 150th Anniversary celebrations. An amazing effort by a dedicated few committee members to develop this successful event.



Special Achievement in sport  

Recipients of this award were:

Jordyn Jolliffe from Balranald



Grace Makalio-Harris from Euston



Ricardo Liparotta from Euston




Frankie-Joe Chirchiglia from Euston




Cyrus Lloyd from Euston



Nick Neyland from Euston



Esther Tedd from Euston



Rafaele Bulzomi from Euston



Congratulations to all our worthy Balranald Shire award recipients, a wonderful achievement to be proud of.



Some of the crowd at the Balranald Ceremony



Some of the crowd at the Euston Ceremony


Balranald Shire Australia Day Ambassador

Balranald Shire’s Australia Day was allocated Ms Hannah Campbell-Pegg as its Ambassador for 2016.  Hannah is 5½ months pregnant and unfortunately at the last minute, was been advised by her doctor that she is unable to travel. 

The Balranald Australia Day Committee convened a meeting to discuss a replacement.  All agreed that a local citizen would be the perfect solution, and it was a unanimous decision to appoint Mrs Doreen Greenham, OAM as our 2016 Balranald Shire Australia Day Ambassador.

Mrs Greenham delighted both the Balranald and Euston crowd’s with tales of her time coming to and living in Balranald, with many requesting a copy of her speech, included below:


Doreen Greenham OAM – Ambassador Australia Day Address

Good morning ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a privilege to be asked to be your Ambassador today.

I have lived in Balranald for 61 years, having come from Newcastle as a 19 year old school teacher and overall, I taught at Balranald Central School for 37 years.

I grew up in a strict Catholic family of ten children, where the boys were waited on and the girls did the “waiting”.  I was ninth in line.  The boys had to be well educated or have a trade and the girls were expected to find a job in preparation for marriage.  I had a paper-round before school and would ride one of the boys “pushies” to do the deliveries.  In secondary school, I had a weekend and school holiday job, serving in a cake shop or working at a chain of butcher shops, but I still found time to play hockey or ladies basketball. At the end of Year 6, I was fortunate to win a State Bursary which paid for all my secondary education as well as music lessons, piano and singing.

After I finished high school, I applied for teachers college, but had problems because of an eye injury I suffered at birth – there was no such thing as equal opportunity back then!  My Mother contacted the Newcastle Morning Herald, quoting “my daughter gained excellent results but can’t get in” The following week I was accepted, but not accepted as permanent until 1978

I reported for work at Balranald on 8th February 1955 after a very long journey by train(s), taxi and mail car.  The Newcastle Railway took me from New Castle to Sydney.  I then caught the Junee Express to Junee and then changed trains to Narrandera.  A diesel motor, 2-carriage train got me to Hay.  I caught a taxi from the station to the Paragon Café, which was the pick-up point for the Balranald Mail car, then we headed to Balranald via the back way through Maude, Oxley, Homebush and finally Balranald after having opened and closed no less than 23 gates!.  The heat was unbearable for the 8 of us, all squeezed into a Ford Customline.

In 1955 at Balranald Central School, I met two male teachers who also played music, and they asked me to join a band.  Another band member, a local Balranald man who played violin, banjo and guitar caught my eye.  We married in 1956 and had 8 beautiful children. Our lives were full and varied, but always with one outstanding interest being our passion for music, teaching all of our children to play an instrument or two, and of course, singing.  I still have a full appetite for music today; it’s ingrained in my blood, and I still play and sing in the Greenham family band “Overdraft”.

During my time in Balranald, I started up ladies basketball, and have been involved with the Catholic Church, secretary of Balranald Football Social Club, on the Hospital board, committee member of the Lions, Church and Football Clubs and the first woman Councillor for Balranald Shire Council.   I fundraised to establish the Balranald Baby Health Centre, and I am a Foundation member of Meals and Wheels and Home Help, and Foundation Treasurer of the Hospital Auxiliary.

I have also been Director of Balranald Ex Servicemen’s Memorial Club for over 12 years, conductor and member of Balranald Sing Australia, member of the Theatre Royal Restoration Committee and Chair of the Balranald Shire Cultural Committee.

Some awards or certificates for recognition I have received are:

  • A Certificate of Service from NSW Health Services for Voluntary Service as a Board member of the Balranald District Hospital for 18 years.
  • An Apostolic Blessing in 1997 from Pope John Paul II, for services to St. Dympna’s Catholic Church,
  • A certificate of recognition from the Deniliquin District of Education for outstanding contributions to Education at Balranald Central School
  • An award of Excellence in teaching in 1998 from the Minister of Education at the time, Mr John Aquilina,
  • Citizen of the Year for Balranald Shire Council in 2000,
  • the  Medal of The Order Of Australia in The General Division in 2013 for service to the Community of Balranald,
  • Life Member of Balranald & District Ex-Servicemen’s Club in 2015.

I have always volunteered my time towards any worthy matter relating to the betterment of our community, such as Deb balls, Masonic or Lions Club functions, Camp Quality, Anzac day, Senior Citizens, Christmas Carols, or especially encouraging many children and young people in their career choices over many years.

I look back at my life to date and wonder how on earth I had time to fit it all in, but I wouldn’t change it for anything – I have met some fantastic people; teachers, students, parents, new and lifelong friends.

I am now in retirement, and my retirement gift to myself was a Roland Digital Piano.  I lovingly waste at least 2 hours per day on it.  In the future I may take on some piano and singing students, babysit, and of course, volunteer my time to all the worthy causes in our Shire.

I would also like to touch on Hannah Campbell-Pegg and her achievements.

Hannah is an Australian Luge athlete and has represented Australia in this unique winter sport of Luge since 2004.  Hannah began her career in luge in 2004 at 22 years of age in Calgary, Canada. Prior to Luge Hannah was in Australia’s first Women’s Bobsleigh Team, achieving Australia’s first women’s bobsleigh medal with Bronze in America Cup.

Luge is a winter Olympic sport where athletes travel (on their back, feet first) down an ice track on a sled.  The sled has 6 steering points and the track has up to 21 corners.  They can reach speeds of up to 146km/hr for females and 156km/hr for males. 

Hannah has competed in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, achieving 23rd place at both competitions but her proudest luge moment is placing 20th in the 2009 Luge World Championships in Lake Placid, USA.

Retiring from Luge in 2012, Hannah is still heavily involved in the sport and was the coach at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Australia and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Last year she travelled with Australia’s current team to America, Latvia, Germany and Austria to coach and prepare the athletes for the World Cup season the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Hannah is heavily involved in the running of National sporting body for Luge and in preparing our Australian athletes for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea.

During her sporting career, Hannah completed a degree in Sports Science and another in Teaching. Hannah currently works at NSW TAFE as a Senior Education Officer and resides in Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast. Hannah and her husband Mark are very excited to be expecting their first child in May this year.

We all wish Hannah well for the duration of her pregnancy and hope we may have her as our Ambassador in 2017.

My last comment to you all is – Enjoy and make the most of yourself and your life, and don’t forget to help anyone you can.