Aussie Day Pilbara Style
Jan 29 2018
Australia Day was celebrated across the Shire of Ashburton in true Aussie style with BBQ’s, games and plenty of iconic tunes. Thanks to the Shire’s partnerships with Rio Tinto and the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, free community events were held in each town, along with Citizenship Award Ceremonies.
Communities in Onslow, Pannawonica and Tom Price gathered at their local swimming pools, adorned in their Aussie finest, for a morning of family fun. Onslow residents then moved on to the Onslow Sports Club for a free BBQ lunch, live music and face painting for the kids.
Paraburdoo enjoyed dinner, games and a DJ at the Ashburton Hall, while also celebrating their local 2017 Sports Star Awards.
Deputy Shire President Linton Rumble said the Shire of Ashburton is proud to host free, family friendly events in Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Pannawonica and Onslow to celebrate Australia Day.
“In addition to celebrating everything that makes our country such a great place to live, it is also an important day to acknowledge the many outstanding residents who volunteer countless hours within our communities,” said Cr Rumble.
“Both the nominees and recipients of the Citizenship Awards are to be commended for their valuable contributions to our towns.”
Rio Tinto Iron Ore general manager Paraburdoo Region Gabrielle Iwanow said “Rio Tinto are proud to support events in partnership with the Shire of Ashburton which bring residents together to celebrate what makes living in the Pilbara and Australia great. We would particularly like to acknowledge the individuals and community organisations who received Citizenship Awards and highly commend both the nominees and recipients in all categories for 2018.”
Chevron Australia Community Engagement Supervisor Erin Glancy said community celebrations and holiday events play an important role in bringing the community together.
“It was great to see so many Onslow residents celebrating the hard work and commitment of local community members, while enjoying time with friends and family,” Mrs Glancy said.
The winners of the 2017 Citizenship Awards are as follows:
Citizen of the Year
Onslow - Cristie Lockie
Pannawonica - Narelle Dall
Paraburdoo - Tania Johnson
Tom Price - Angela Rushbrook
Senior Citizen of the Year
Pannawonica - Rangi Lim
Paraburdoo - Roma Butcher
Tom Price - Joyce Drummond
Active Citizen of the Year
Onslow - V Swans
Pannawonica - Pannawonica Playgroup
Paraburdoo - Para Colour Fun Run Committee
Tom Price - Tom Price Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service, Tom Price Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Youth Citizen of the Year
Onslow - Kaiden Matera
Pannawonica - Hemi Wynyard-Thompson, Hineriu Wynyard-Thompson
Paraburdoo - Reece Gordon
Tom Price - Jack Dawson