MANY people gathered for the Australia Day celebrations at Apex Park in Wudinna on Saturday.
After some recent hot weather, Saturday dawned perfect for the event.
People gathered in Apex Park at 8.30 for a Breakfast, with cereals, bacon, eggs, tomato, toast, fruit juices, tea and coffee cooked admirably by the Minnipa Progress Society.
The Wudinna District Council provided this free breakfast.
Andrew Buckham of Wudinna Council opened the event, welcoming everyone and introduced Councillor Tim Scholz, who was performing his last official ceremony as Council Chairman.
Wudinna resident Tony Barns raised the flag while the national anthem was played.
Bernie Haskamp was named “Citizen of the Year” for 2013.
Mr Scholz told of how Mr Haskamp came from Germany as a young man of 19, married his first wife Betty in 1957 and moved to Minnipa in 1966, working tirelessly for the community until the 1980s when he left.
He returned with his second wife Anne after he retired in 2007, he has been heavily involved in a wide range of projects including helping with the second hand bookshop, Friends of the Gawler Ranges, the Bowling club and working with the Community to acquire the supermarket, petrol outlet and post office.
The Young citizen of the year Nicole Brands has shown leadership and organising skills at school and in the sporting field.
The ‘Australian Farmer of the Year’ celebration at Wudinna was given the Council’s Event of the Year.
Displays were provided of new to old farm equipment and various farm related activities, with a lot of musical talent including featuring the winners of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ group Wolfe Brothers.
An additional award went to Dr. Gerry Considine who is currently at the end of his year working as a General Practice registrar at Wudinna with Dr. Scott Lewis as his GP Supervisor.
Mr Scholz pointed out how lucky we have been to have two exceptionally gifted doctors working here.
Dr Considine has been very popular willing to get involved in anything asked of him, whether it was sport or music.
He and Dr Lewis have also been helping with the training of medical students. Gerry Dr Considine thanked the community for welcoming him and would love to return some time in the future, he hopes the community will offer the same support to the next General Practice Registrar who will start work shortly.
The Council was also delighted to acknowledge Darryl Tree, who was presented with a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal presented recently at Government House by the Governor General Quentin Bryce.
The medal is a personal gift from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, he is one of only five men to have been awarded Australia’s highest decoration for Bravery and courage.
Around 23 years ago a crane on a farm at Talia had come into contact with electrical wires, with Mr Tree receiving three electric shocks while freeing Joe Honnor and his three-year-old son, sadly Joe did not survive.
Darrell needed 96 stitches in his shoulder and little toe where burnt skin was removed, he also damaged three vertebrae, which still give him problems today.
Mr Scholz welcomed anyone new to the district over the past 12 months and he thanked the volunteers, re-affirming how important they are in a community and wished to encourage people to get involved.