The Adelaide Plains Council wishes to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Australia Day Awards.

2017 Citizen of the Year

Ms Karen Simmons

Karen  has dedicated a significant amount of her own time to develop ‘Northern Adelaide Employment Opportunities and Surrounds’ facebook page for the benefit of the wider community with the focus on jobs for South Australia, particularly the north. Karen has helped numerous disadvantaged members gain access to employment through her job portal on facebook. This service has helped those with digital literacy access available jobs. To date, Karen has 14,000+ members and growing. 


2017 Young Citizen of the Year

Amy Paech is a remarkable young person who has excelled in her academic and community pursuits. After graduating from Balaklava High School with the Apex Citizenship Award, Shamus Liptrot Perpetual Award, ADF Long Tan Award, Vet Student of the Year and going on to win the local Lions Youth of the Year award in Balaklava. Amy recently attended a ‘World Challenge’ trip to Vietnam where Challengers develop leadership, teamwork and decision-making skills, and change the way they think about the world and contributing to a community in need. 

2017 Community Group of the Year

In October 2015, the Two Wells District Tennis Club signed up for the Tennis Australia initiative to hold free tennis days at the club to encourage people to try tennis. This initiative also gave them the chance to be aligned with a seeded player at the Australian Open, with the club subsequently being selected as the official town cheering for German tennis player, Angelique Kerber. Angelique went on to beat Serena Williams in the final to become world #1 and as a result, the club was given the opportunity to host the Australian Open trophies. The club organised a successful ‘Australian Open Celebration Party’ with the all important Australian Open Cups as the main feature. The event included a children’s tennis tournament, presentations by special guest, Todd Woodbridge, launch of the Tennis Clubs history book and a corporate cup.

The Citizen of the Year Awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or give an outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community over and above normal employment duties.

Outstanding contribution and community service includes areas such as; education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or any other area that contributes to the advancement and well-being of a community.

The Awards are presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and administered by the Adelaide Plains Council. Nominations are reviewed and winners are selected by Council’s elected members at a general meeting of Council.
Nominations generally open each year on the 1st day of October and close on the 3rd Friday in November. Nominations may also be submitted through out the year via the Citizen of the Year website with those submissions going into the draw for that year. Nominations received after the closing date will be carried forward to the next nomination period in the following year.


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