2019 Australia Day Award Recipients
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Kimba’s Citizen of the Year 2019
The District Council of Kimba has completed its 2019 Australia Day Citizen of the Year nomination and selection process, and wishes to announce and congratulate Pat Beinke as the District Council of Kimba’s 2019 Citizen of the Year.
Where does one begin? Pat has been at the forefront of community tourism for over 30 years. She was a part of the KCDG team that completed the first full colour tourism brochure in the early 1990’s and has also contributed many volunteer hours on the EP Visitor guide. Pat became a member of the Council’s Tourism Advisory Committee in 2005 and still currently serves.
In 2001, Pat joined the museum as a volunteer and since then she has become the key driving force in the upkeep and development of the museum. She has successfully won numerous grants, carried out promotional work and spent hundreds of hours sorting and maintaining museum historical records. Since 2001 she has also been assisting students with the KAS Year 9 Local History projects.
Pat is also a highly valued committee member that organised and presented the extremely successful 2017 Kimba Art Prize and Exhibition and she is currently helping plan the 2019 Art Prize.
Even when Pat isn’t formally on a committee she is always a willing helper and can be found behind the scenes lending a hand where she can. Without a doubt Pat would contribute hundreds of hours volunteering for our community every year just as she has done for many decades.
Kimba’s Young Citizen of the Year 2019
The District Council of Kimba has completed its 2019 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year nomination and selection process, and wishes to announce and congratulate Gabi Ashmeade as the Australia Day Awards 2019 Young Citizen of the Year.
Since moving to Kimba, Gabi has proven herself to be a sociable and dynamic member of the community.
Gabi is currently an active member of the Kimba Netball Club, Kimba Show Society, Kimba Health and Fitness Centre and Kimba Pony Club currently serving as the Secretary. With her love and passion for horses and fitness, she has been an invaluable member for these organisations.
She was heavily involved with the success of the Kimba Fun Run during the Health and Wellness Weekend which saw about 80 participants participate.
Also a willing volunteer, she donates a large amount of her spare time organising and running fitness sessions for the Netball Club during both the season and pre-season.
You will always see Gabi with a smile on her face and is well known throughout the community for her positive, friendly and bubbly nature.
Kimba’s Employee of the Year 2019
The District Council of Kimba has completed its 2019 Australia Day Employee of the Year nomination and selection process, and wishes to announce and congratulate Jodie Joyce as the Australia Day Awards 2019 Employee of the Year.
It would seem as though Jodie is nearly part of the furniture at the IGA, having been a loyal and hardworking employee there for 7 years.
Jodie makes customers’ shopping expeditions to the IGA a pleasure with her welcoming and approachable nature. She is always up for a conversation with her normally being the one to instigate it. She is always willing to go out of her way to help each and every customer wherever she can. One characteristic Jodie is to commend for is her ability to engage with people of all ages from the young to the elderly and everyone in-between.
Both in the shop and in the community Jodie is a friendly, helpful and respectful to everyone.
Outside of work hours, Jodie is also a passionate member of the Waddikee Sports Club and has been an active member throughout the years.
Kimba’s Community Events of the Year 2019
The District Council of Kimba has completed its 2019 Australia Day Community Event of the Year nominations and selection process, and wishes to announce and congratulate the Kimba & Gawler Ranges Historical Musuem Family Day and the Kimba Health & Wellness Weekend as the Australia Day Awards 2019 Community Events of the Year.
Kimba & Gawler Ranges Historical Museum Family Day
Held on Sunday the 28th of October 2018, the event was a day to celebrate and promote 100 years of education in the Kimba District. The day ran from 11am to 3pm and seen approximately 300 people of all ages through the gates.
The day was designed to cater for all age groups with the intent for the older generation to reflect on their past and for the young to gain an understanding and appreciation for their heritage.
The children were well entertained with a range of activities and demonstrations such as wool spinning, rides in vintage cars, old fashioned games, face painting, interactions with Alex the goat and Stevie the lamb and a treasure hunt.
Parents and visitors had the opportunity to leisurely walk around the museum and take in the vast amount of work that has gone into preserving the grounds as well as reflecting the 100 years of education in the History Room.
From the donations that attendees contributed upon entry, proceeds will go towards machinery restoration, maintaining displays and preserving our community’s history.
Kimba Health & Wellness Weekend
This weekend came about when two groups, the Kimba Mental Health & Wellbeing and the Kimba Health and Fitness Committees proposed an idea of holding a weekend that would benefit the health and wellbeing of the town.
The event ran from Friday the 19th of October to Sunday the 21st. Over the two days and two nights the event boasted an impressive 250 registrations.
The weekend hosted a variety of workshops, guest speakers and fitness activities that catered for all ages of both men and women. Workshops that catered for adults involved motivational guest speakers, spin classes, marathon, Qi Gong, boot camp, parenting positively, stress management and many more. Children’s activities included gymnastic, yoga, nature walk, face painting, art, boxing and meditation.
The weekend was a great success and a fantastic way of promoting health, wellbeing and fitness in our community.
Committee: Gabi Ashmeade, Maxine Enright, Michelle Rayner, Jo Schaefer, Ellen Zibell, Helen Tucker, Chelsea Woolford, Meagan Lienert and Laura Fitzgerald
Kimba’s Outstanding Achievement Award 2019
The District Council of Kimba has completed its 2019 Australia Day Outstanding Achievement Award nomination and selection process, and wishes to announce and congratulate the Kimba Community Development Group’s 30 years of community contribution as the Australia Day Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award.
On November 9th, 1988 a group of like-minded people came together at a public meeting to find ways to help prevent the loss of people and sustainability from our community. The group started off named the Kimba Enterprise Committee and later formed a separate Kimba Business Association. In 1997 both bodies joined to form the Kimba Community Development Group (KCDG).
Initially the main focus of the group was to find new industries for the town, including looking for engineering businesses, farm diversification and facilitating the Sturt Desert Pea Nursery.
Over the last three decades the group has been extremely successful in funding many town projects, some of these include:
Establishing Kimba’s first Visitor Information outlet, Hosted the Work for the Dole Program and Grey Nomads Program, Publishing the bimonthly Kimba Newsletter, town signage and furniture and more recently new silo art signage and furniture at the viewing platform.
Overall over the past 30 years the KCDG has contributed immeasurably to the wellbeing of the Kimba community and they continue to play a valuable role in encouraging and supporting local business, community, and economic development.