Young Citizen of the Year
Ms Hartnell received the Young Citizen of the Year award for her work as a community leader in Trafalgar.
While still being at school Ms Hartnell has been heavily involved in Youth Foundations Trafalgar – an organisation which supports youth projects and activities.
Ms Hartnell told The Warragul Citizen young people should become involved in community groups and projects that interest them.
“If you’re vaguely interested in doing something in the community just get in there and do it – it’s so much fun and it’s so rewarding and the people you meet on the way are so fantastic,” Ms Hartnell said.
“I’d really encourage anybody who’s interested in whatever they’re doing just to go for it.”
Cr Cook said Ms Hartnell has been a crucial member of the organisation.
“As a leader of the Youth Foundations project she runs local meetings and has attended planning forums on the redevelopment of the program,” Cr Cook said.
“Sarah has been crucial in the recruitment of other young people to serve on the committee.”
Australia Day Medallions
Australia Day Medallions were awarded to Lynn Wells, Diane Jackson and Robin Sefton.
Ms Wells received the medallion for her 19 years keeping West Gippsland Community Radio 3BBR FM running.
Ms Jackson was awarded for her 25 years of service with the Drouin Girl Guides.
Ms Sefton, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was recognised for her decade of service with Trafalgar community paper Traf News.
The Community Event of the Year award went to the Yarragon Railway Centenary Celebrations, the committee of which put in approximately 3,000 working hours to make happen.
The Community Contribution Award was presented to The Crossing Drop in Centre for services to those in hardship.
Ten new Australians completed the citizenship process at the ceremony.
Each person was presented with a certificate and a welcome package which included a native plant seedling.