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Australia Day Award Winners Announced!

Australia Day Award Winners Announced!

Notice Contact Mr James Lang
Phone 08  8664 1139
Notice Address 94 Ayr Street, Jamestown SA 5491
Notice Email admin@nacouncil.sa.gov.au


21 December 2017

Colin Raison, awarded Northern Areas Council’s Highest Honour

Northern Areas Council Mayor Denis Clark, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

Northern Areas Council’s Citizen of the Year for 2018 is awarded to Mr Colin Raison of for his many years of involvement and volunteering in the Gladstone, Southern Flinders Ranges and Mid North Region.

Not the type of person to seek accolades, Colin has been a high achiever behind the scenes for decades. Colin’s attention to detail, quiet demeanour and good counsel has helped him quietly contribute to many organisations in community service, tourism and health for many years.

Colin has served as a key member of the Rocky River Lions Club for nearly thirty years. Across that time he has served as club president, membership coordinator for the district and is the current vice president. He is also a current member of the Southern Flinders Health Advisory Council,

Colin served as the Secretary of the former Gladstone Community Development Board from 1986 to 1997 and was heavily involved in the operation of the Gladstone Gaol as a volunteer community tourist project until it was leased to private operators. From 1997 until 2001 he served as the inaugural secretary of the newly formed Gladstone Community Development and Tourism Association.

He served as the inaugural secretary of the Gladstone Community Caravan Park Management Committee from 1997 to 2011 and was instrumental in raising the standard of the park to three and a half stars. He led the design and building of the highly acclaimed camp kitchen and groundwork for the installation of the first two ensuite cabins.

Colin played a major role in the research and establishment of the nine panels displaying Gladstone’s Railway heritage in “Three Gauges Park” opposite Gladstone IGA. His grasp of history and how it can be best displayed was a key in the quality of this outstanding resource. His demeanour has ensure that he has remained a popular figure with tourists and railway “buffs” who frequent the town.

He has served as Publicity Officer and Newsletter Editor for the formerly named Southern Flinders Tourism Association (now know as Southern Flinders Tourism and Tastes) and was the coordinator of the three day seminary held in Port Pirie in 2010 with over one hundred people in attendance.

Colin was the instigator and coordinator of “Flinders Ranges – A Brush With Art” exhibition in Gladstone, with the ninth event held in recently September and October.

He was the editor of the Gladstone High School Centenary Book in 2007, he is a strong supporter of community well being groups including Tai Chi and the Strong and Steady exercise groups.

Colin remains a volunteer for the Laura and District Meals on Wheels and is the current tour director of the Laura and Districts Probus Club, having also served as the President and Secretary on numerous occasions.

In 2015 Colin was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the community of Gladstone by being awarded Gladstone’s Community Award in 2015.

A former deputy principal of the Gladstone High School who has enjoyed retirement for the best part of two decades, he has managed to be a leader for both the community and the region in his own unassuming polite and quiet manner. He is an extremely worthy recipient.

The Community Event of the Year is awarded to the Jamestown Agricultural, Floricultural and Horticultural Society for the 2017 Jamestown Show for its first two day event in almost nine decades.

After serving the community as a one day event for the past 87 years, the volunteer committee took the bold initiative to rejuvenate the event by reverting back to a two day format for the first time since 1930.

The successful event attracted over 2000 visitors on the Sunday, in addition to a further crowd of over 6000 on the traditional holiday Monday. The theme for the 2017 show was “wonderful wool” with Australian Wool Innovation ambassador Catriona Rowntree in attendance as the special guest.

The success of the return to the two day event will likely see it return in similar format for 2018, continuing to attract visitors from both across the region and across the state.

Mayor Clark advised that the recipients of the 2018 Northern Areas Council Australia Day Awards will be acknowledged at the Northern Areas Council Australia Day Breakfast with further details to be confirmed.



Northern Areas Council
PO Box 120, Jamestown SA 5491
Phone: 8664 1139 | Fax: 8664 1085 |ceo@nacouncil.sa.gov.au