JUDD Evans from Smoky Bay is among the recipients of this year’s Australia Day awards from the Ceduna District Council.
Mr Evans has been named as Citizen of the Year, while the Event of the Year was awarded to the Smoky Bay Community for its hosting of the Variety Bash event.
Mr Evans lives at Smoky Bay along with his wife Sarah and their four children.
The Smoky Bay community and the surrounding districts hold Mr Evans in high esteem thanks to his energy and happy nature which make him a pleasure to work alongside at events.
Mr Evans is recognised as a hard-worker who manages his own business but also makes time to assist the community.
“I’m extremely proud, it’s an honour to receive this award,” he said.
“I was very surprised, I didn’t think I’d deserved it to be honest.”
Mr Evans said the nature of Smoky Bay spurred him on.
“Smoky Bay is a special community, everybody gets together to help and that sense of community drives me.”
Mr Evans has volunteered for a number of associations over the years and said family support was vital.
“It’s extremely important, I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and my wife helps me so much.”
The Smoky Bay Community Club has been recognised as the Event of the Year for its efforts accommodating and catering for 350 Variety Bash entrants for two days in August.
It’s extremely important, I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and my wife helps me so much.
The community rallied together to prepare and dismantle everything required for the event, provided accommodation and catered for two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners.
Bash organisers complimented the entire Smoky Bay community for a job well done.
Smoky Bay Community Club secretary Elaine Rock said the town was proud to receive the Event of the Year award.
“The town is very happy, a lot of work went into the event,” she said.
“It was good for the community, we pulled together after some hardships during the year.”
Ms Rock said having the support of the entire community was a huge boost.