MOORABOOL Shire’s 2013 Citizen of the Year hasn’t let being almost completely blind slow her down.
Sylvia Palmer, 90, has been a Country Women’s Association member for almost 75 years and still volunteers for many local Bacchus Marsh groups and organisations.
Mrs Palmer was presented with her award at the Bacchus Marsh Public Hall on Saturday.
As well as volunteering at the Bacchus Marsh Hospital op shop twice a week, Mrs Palmer is also a life member of the CWA, the Bacchus Marsh Poultry Club and the Bacchus Marsh Agricultural Show Society.
The Myrniong and District Seniors Luncheon Group was also awarded the Moorabool Shire Community Event of the Year. Started in 1993, the program provides meals for up to 30 seniors each fortnight.
Also nominated were the Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend, Ballarat Quilt and Craft Show, the Lal Lal Moorabool photo exhibition and the Bacchus Marsh Literary Trail. Moorabool Mayor Pat Toohey said a large number of people turned out to the ceremony on Saturday to help celebrate the extensive contribution of those in the community.
Outstanding contributions to communities in the Pyrenees Shire were also recognised on Saturday, with the Australia Day Citizen Awards held at the Moonambel Pavilion.
Long-time Beaufort resident Heather Sandlant was presented with the Citizen of the Year award for her dedication to and active involvement in the community.
Beaufort’s Bianca Gerrard was also awarded for her active involvement with guides, the community and various other activities with the Junior Citizen of the Year award.