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Image (supplied) - Corangamite's Citizen Of The Year, John Kavanagh

Corangamite's Awards

Corangamite's Awards

Image (supplied) - Corangamite's Citizen Of The Year, John Kavanagh

Retired Farmer heavily involved in Skipton Community Awarded Citizen Of The Year

Skipton’s John Kavanagh has today been announced as the Corangamite Shire’s 2020 Citizen of the Year at the Council’s Australia Day celebrations in Port Campbell.

Mr Kavanagh’s life of service to the community started 64 years ago when he joined the CFA as a 14 year old.

“I held just about every position in the CFA: fire manager, deputy group officer, strike team, leader sector commander. My first job was radio and I’ve been doing radio ever since on and off.”

The former Mannibadar farmer moved to Skipton “10 or 15 years ago,” and became a timber cutter, carting loads as far as Camperdown, Colac and Alvie.

In Skipton he kept up his lifelong association with the CFA and became involved in numerous other groups as well, including helping set up the Skipton Branch of the Friends of the RSL.

He has also held the role of president of the Skipton Cemetery Trust, been involved in the town hall committee, is in the photography club and was active with the St Vincent de Paul Society for more than 25 years.

Mr Kavanagh said his motivation to serve the community came down to “Things need to be done”, His wife of 52 years, Cath, has been by his side every step of the way.

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The Community Event Award went to the Terang RSL Sub-Branch Tram Restoration Launch.

The Tram Restoration Team gave much of their spare time over 18 months to restore Tram W871 and convert it into an interactive multimedia education centre and museum.

The RSL acquired the retired W-Class tram in 2018 when VicTrack offered 137 trams to community groups via expressions of interest. It is now on permanent display outside the RSL Hall, where it is used as an educational resource for local schools, tourist attraction, and meeting place for the community.

Corangamite Shire Mayor Ruth Gstrein congratulated the winners and 10 recipients of Australia Day achievement awards.

“We are very fortunate to have such proactive and community-minded people in the Shire,” Cr Gstrein said.

Achievement Awards

- Elizabeth Bowden (Terang)

- Margaret Clark (Skipton)

- Peter Conheady (Camperdown)

- Kate Daffy (Cobden)

- Malcolm Fletcher (Skipton)

- Ron (Ronnie) Holmes (Terang)

- Peter McSween (Noorat)

- John Maher (Camperdown)

- Enid O’Connor (Timboon)

- Craig Walker (Skipton)

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