By MAVIS STOWER, INGLEWOOD
INGLEWOOD’S Australia Day celebrations featured an array of celebratory activities.
These included a sausage sizzle breakfast, an on-the-spot rissole making competition, a best damper competition, Open House viewing of the Inglewood Tobacco Museum and a separate display of trucks and vintage cars in the street.
The Australia Day address was given by Australia Day Ambassador, retired Professor Julie Campbell.
Prof Campbell’s distinguished career spanned 40 years as a professional research scientist and a recognised world leader in cell biology of cardiovascular diseases.
She said the day was one on which to celebrate all the good things about Australia, the people, the democracy, the freedom, the mateship, the enjoyment of life and love of sport.
“No matter who we are we all want the same things, good health, a fair go and a safe and reasonable life for our children and grandchildren,” she said,
Prof Campbell said one only had to hear the news of all the things happening in nations across the world to know that few countries have the freedom and the opportunities that are able to be experienced in Australia.
She urged those present to “celebrate what we have and rejoice in our future.”
Prof Campbell then presented the local Australia Day Awards.
The Citizen of the Year is Marie Pietsch of Inglewood for her many years of exemplary voluntary work in many and varied sections of the community.
Cultural Award for an individual or group: Inglewood State School Music Group; Sports Administrator or Coach: Inglewood Swimming Coach Ben Wells; Senior Sports Award: Jamie Scott of Texas; Junior Sports Award: Chloe Fenwick of Texas.
The Community Event of the Year was “Torture in the Border” a group founded five years ago to raise funds to benefit children’s sports.