Tumby Bay council announces Australia Day award winners

The Tumby Bay District Council has announced the winners of its Australia Day awards, with two nominations from Port Neill taking out the top spots.

Sue Trezise was named Citizen of the Year, Hannah Lienert Young Citizen of the Year, and the Community Event for the Year was the Port Neill Under the Pines Twilight Market.

Mrs Trezise said she was still "stunned" after hearing of her nomination and win.

"I had no idea, it was a complete surprise," she said.

"I'm assuming it's for my volunteer work...I do volunteer my time, I love Tumby Bay and I love the district.

"I've been really lucky that people have supported me in my time here and I just wanted to give back."

Mrs Trezise has volunteered in the district for the past 15 years, most notably with Variety the Children's Charity and the Tumby Bay Progress Association.

"I just do what I can if I can," she said.

"I think it's important to be a role model for (my children) as well.

"Everyone bands around you in a small community...it doesn't take much to say something nice to someone or make someone smile.

"I'm not an ideas person but I'm one of those people that says 'yep, if you need help you can count on me'.

"It's part of who I am now...I'm just grateful for the community I live within and I'm inspired daily by them."

Mrs Lienert was announced young citizen for her work with the Port Neill Progress Association.

She said running the only shop in Port Neill had given her the opportunity to contribute to the town.

"I was pretty honoured, it was very unexpected," she said.

"There is a need for a shop and really active community groups...I enjoy adding value to the community, I know how amazing it is.

"I feel like I haven't won it for myself but for the community."

Port Neill Progress Association president Lou McDonough said Mrs Lienert contributed greatly to the community, and was possibly the youngest ever member of the association.

"She is on two progress sub committees and is also involved with the playcentre and Ports football and netball club," she said.

We've probably helped put Port Neill back on the map, it's the biggest event of the year.

Under the Pines committee chairperson Sue Pfitzner

Mrs Lienert is also involved in the committee that organises the Under the Pines Twilight Market, which won Community Event of the Year.

The market has run every January since 2016 and has provided market stalls, live music, and activities for children to promote Port Neill.

"We're a really progressive community and it really showcases that - not only I won but a group from Port Neill won," she said.

She said about 2000 people attended the 2019 event and that the 2019 and 2020 markets were dedicated to fundraising for playground equipment for preschoolers.

"We've really really put a focus on supporting local groups in a stall capacity," she said.

"The merch money goes straight back into Port Neill and this year it will be going to playground upgrades."

Under the Pines committee chairperson Sue Pfitzner said the sole purpose of the market was to give back to the community.

"We've probably helped put Port Neill back on the map, it's the biggest event of the year," she said.

She said it was an "absolute honour" to be recognised as a committee by the awards, which had grown from just eight people to more than 20 since 2016.