Top citizens honoured

JULIE Davey has joined the select ranks of the Gannawarra Shire's most esteemed citizens.

The tireless community worker was named Citizen of the Year at a civic ceremony on Monday, ahead of fellow nominee and deeply respected Quambatook community member, David Hosking. 

Unsurprisingly, Mrs Davey's list of community involvements is long, representing several decades of wide-reaching service.

Most notably, Mrs Davey has been involved with Kerang Girl Guides for 25 years, initially in a support role and in later years as a leader. 

For the same length of time she has been an active member of the Bendigo Region Cystic Fibrosis Victoria group, working to raise awareness and funds. 

Mrs Davey has been a strong supporter of the Kerang Uniting and Baptist Churches, and is a member of the Kerang Traders committee. 

She has been involved with the Kerang Amateur Swimming and Lifesaving Club for more than 25 years, and has belonged to other sporting groups including Wandella Tennis Club, St Andrew's Tennis Club and Wandella Netball Club.

Mrs Davey has also supported her husband, Geoff in his work with the Kerang and District Agricultural Society, volunteering at the poultry auctions, catering and running the office.

"It's an honour and it's nice to be acknowledged, but it's not something you look for," Mrs Davey said after accepting her award in front of a large gathering of family members.

"I need to thank my family because I couldn't have done any of this without their support and putting up with me not being at home."

In other awards, Joyce Gee was named the Senior Citizen of the Year, and Stacey Barbagallo received the Young Citizen of the Year award.

The Kerang and District University of the Third Age is the Community Group of the Year.

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