A HARD-WORKING volunteer, an aspiring athlete and an entire festival are sharing in Moyne Shire’s Australia Day honours this year.
Nullawarre’s Vic Ludeman has been made Moyne Shire’s citizen of the year for his volunteer work across the district. Organisers of Peterborough’s Seaside Festival have also been given collective recognition while Casey Vallance has been named Moyne Shire’s young citizen of the year for her sporting and volunteer achievements.
But Mr Ludeman shrugged off the praise.
Approaching 80, the retired dairy farmer does everything from cutting grass at the Nirranda Recreation Reserve to organising Warrnambool’s agricultural show.
“As an ex-farmer I can turn my hand to a lot of things,” Mr Ludeman said.
When the gates open at the show in October it will mark Mr Ludeman’s 50th year on the show’s committee.
“I’ve been in the area all my life. When you live in a small community ... people know you pull your weight,” he said.
Peterborough Seaside Festival co-ordinator Christine Norton said the award would encourage the loyal group of volunteers already planning next year’s event.
“It’s terrific recognition for what has been an enormous effort from a very small community,” Ms Norton said.
Mayor James Purcell congratulated the winners.
“We are lucky to have people of their calibre living in Moyne Shire and we congratulate them on their achievements,” Cr Purcell said.
Moyne’s Australia Day celebration will be held at the Nirranda Recreation Reserve, Blakes Road in Nirranda. The program starts at 11am on Sunday and will be followed by a community barbecue.
Meanwhile, celebrations in Glenelg Shire will be held at 8am at Portland’s customer service centre and at Casterton’s Island Park.