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BAROSSA Council has announced its
finalists for the Citizen of the Year awards.
Successful nominees for Citizen of the Year in-
clude Elton Chudleigh, Lyn and Glen Venning
and Steve Kaesler, while Elsa Schuster, Doug
Moss and Nathan Bruhn have been named as
Young Citizen of the Year finalists.
Mayor Bob Sloane congratulated all finalists
and acknowledged the outstanding contributions
they have made to the wider community.
The Citizen of the Year winner will be an-
nounced at council's Australia Day breakfast at
the Tanunda Show Hall on January 26.
A free breakfast for council residents will com-
mence at 8.30am, followed by a citizenship cere-
mony and presentation of Australia Day awards.
The event is free, but tickets are required to ob-
tain breakfast on the day and are available from
all council offices in the region until January 16.
RENOWNED Gawler local Brian
Thom will have plenty to celebrate this
The retired deputy mayor has been giving
back to the local community since he was a
teenager and this month his work will be recog-
nised as part of the Australia Day Awards.
Mr Thom, who will turn 70 next week,
has been named Gawler Council's Citizen
of the Year.
Joining the Apex Club of Gawler at 18,
Mr Thom has continued his community
work over the years.
A member of the Gawler National Trust
and a community gallery volunteer, Mr
Thom is best known for his local history
Since he founded the Gawler History
Team in 2011, more than 11,000 pho-
tographs and articles have been collected
on the town's history and featured on the
website Gawler Now & Then.
"It was important that Gawler's photo-
graphs be brought together in one spot, and
so I encouraged people to attend a meet-
ing," he said.
"We now have monthly meetings and we
get between 40 and 62 people attending our
monthly guest speaker meetings."
After retiring in 2000, Mr Thom ran for
Gawler Council, from which he retired last
year after 14 years of service.
He is currently working on growing
the native plant garden at Gawler South's
"I (want) them to be visible to people as
they're coming around the roundabout and
coming into Gawler," he said.
Mr Thom has also been an influential
figure in a campaign to keep the
Gawler South war memorial on Adelaide
Mr Thom, who has lived in his
Gawler East home with his wife
Beverley since 1970, said he was "very
proud" to be awarded the Citizen of the
It will be among four awards presented at
the Australia Day breakfast in Apex Park on
Others will include Young Citizen of
the Year, which will be presented to Ashlee
Jansen; Community Event of the Year,
which will go to International Women's Day
event; and Community Group of the Year,
which will be awarded to the Gawler Girl
Council received no nominations for
Corporate Citizen of the Year.
Light rewards dedicated Joy
FOR 50 years Joy Heintze has been sup-
porting the local community.
"Treat people how you would like to be
treated, that's my motto," she said.
Mrs Heintze runs Greenock Creek
Charter with her husband Eric, organis-
ing day-trips that allow many senior locals
throughout the Barossa to keep socially con-
The 70-year-old said her clients, many of
whom get up in the early hours of the morn-
ing and take an hour trip to make a bus tour,
were very special.
"We treat them as family," she said.
It appears her 'day-trippers' feel the same
Nominated by one of her clients, Mrs
Heintze was this month named Light
Regional Council's Citizen of the Year.
"I was very, very surprised when I was
told," she said.
A Greenock resident of 50 years, Mrs Hein-
tze also works with her husband to organise
monthly dances at the local institute to raise
money for the Country Fire Service.
"They're a worthy cause," she said.
Mrs Heintz said their Greenock home has
had a small number of fires throughout the
years, including one started by pigeons on a
"They were fighting up there and one hit
the other and got a shock and fell down on
the grass and started a fire," she said.
She said you never know when you might
need the CFS.
The couple raises between $1200 and
$1700 for the CFS annually.
Mrs Heintze will be publicly recognised at
council's Australia Day breakfast on January
26, alongside 19-year-old Allana Danby, who
was named Young Citizen of the Year.
The local teen has opened a dance school
in Kapunda and also volunteers for Rotary
and the SES.
Meanwhile, the Community Event of the
Year was awarded to the Greenock Village
Community Association's Tour Down Under
The French Parisian-themed event won the
Best Dressed Town award for that stage of the
tour last January.
Greenock resident Joy Heintze has been
named Light Regional Council's Citizen of
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Former deputy mayor Brian
Thom is Gawler Council's 2015
Citizen of the Year.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
THIS Australia Day, Mallala District
Council will be celebrating the residents who
have made a remarkable contribution to their
Presentations will be made for a number of major
awards and there will also be a citizenship ceremony,
to welcome new citizens to the community.
Citizen of the Year will be presented to Lynette
Seccafien, while the Young Citizen of the Year has
been awarded to Tameka Simons.
The Community Event of the Year, Community
Project of the Year and Community Group of the
Year will also be announced at the presentation.
The ceremony will be held at the Dublin Oval,
with council holding a free open community
breakfast at two other locations across the dis-
trict, at Two Wells and Mallala.
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