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Northern Midlands Council Australia Day Awards

Posted on January 29, 2024

The Northern Midlands Council celebrated Australia Day with its annual community event, this year being held at St Georges Square Village Green at Longford. The event included a breakfast barbecue, citizenship ceremony and the presentation of the following Northern Midlands Council Australia Day awards:

  • Northern Midlands Council Citizens of the Year

In this category, Council received several nominations, and it was difficult to select just one recipient so this year, awards were presented to both Jillian Clarke and Diane Marshall

Jillian Clarke
Jillian was once a school bus driver (now retired), Jillian continues to be a very active member of Campbell Town contributing to the wellbeing of her community for many years. She is Chair of the Campbell Town District Forum, member of the Campbell Town Community & Health Centre Board, has manned the gates at the football for the past 20 years, delivers “Meals on Wheels” and is a Volunteer Community Car driver these being only some of her contributions to the community.

Diane Marshall
Amongst her achievements, Diane is an active member of the Cressy CWA, was also previously a member of the Avoca/Royal George Branch holding the positions of President and Secretary, was the Eastern Group President and is a life member. Diane is a member of the Campbell Town Hospital Auxiliary, and recently resigned from the role of President after 14 years in the Chair.

  • Northern Midlands Council Young Citizen of the Year – Levi Springer

For the past seven (7) years, Levi has contributed to his community through the Longford Show, helping at busy bees in the lead up to the show each year. Representing Tasmania he has competed nationally in the under 16’s State Indoor Cricket team, will compete as a member of the St Patrick’s College IV Cricket team in the Australian School Cricket Challenge and, for the third consecutive year, Levi is a member of the Raiders Rookies Northern Representative (Cricket Tasmania) team.

  • Northern Midlands Council Community Event of the Year –– Ross Village Market

Held on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the past 12 years, the Ross Village Market is consistently attended by more than 100 customers including long-time supporters and repeat business from locals and tourists alike. Customers enjoy the hospitality of Ross, purchasing items while enjoying a chat with stall holders and this experience is made possible by the volunteers behind the scenes who give up their time to make it happen. A not-for-profit organisation, the Ross Village Market have a social conscience, and regularly assist with charity support, contributing to events or through fundraising.

The Northern Midlands Council also recognises volunteers at its Australia Day ceremony. This year the following people were recognised: Steve Robinson, Christine Robinson, Keith Draper and Beverley Rodrigues.

Australia Day Ambassador Judi Adams has a long history volunteering in the community, particularly through community engagement aimed at raising awareness of the need for cancer research, she is a long-time advocate and actively promotes not-for-profit charity and voluntary organisations. Judi was awarded the 2018 Tasmanian Local Hero for the National Australia Day Council, Australian of the Year Awards, and was chosen by QIMR Berghofer as the 2022 QIMR Berghofer Humanitarian Award Recipient.

The community enjoyed the free breakfast BBQ facilitated by the Council.

Join us to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our Australia Day Award winners and our volunteers that dedicate countless hours to their communities.