Since our last edition, the 2016 Christmas Lights competition awards were presented and the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion winners announced. We are very grateful for the advice and expertise of the children from Wycheproof Preschool who ably assisted us in judging the lights. The main award went to Brett, Amanda and Eliza MacDonald for their fabulous display which included Santa on a tractor. Thanks to all who lit up their houses, the 30 who adopted peppercorn trees to decorate and the businesses who decorated shop fronts to create such a happy buzz around town during the Christmas season.
One of the community activities in January in Wycheproof is the Australia Day Breakfast at Centenary Park hosted by the Lions Club of Wycheproof. Kitty-Ann Carrigg led a moving rendition of the national anthem. Guest speaker was Nikki Coatsworth whose insightful talk showed us a new way of looking at our town and community. Nikki eloquently explained why she has come to love Wycheproof.
Corey Harrison and Laura Bish each received the Wycheproof Citizen of the Year Award. Corey and Laura each epitomise the volunteering ethos of our community and their charity and compassion is renown.
Congratulations to Mary-Anne Pollard awarded both the Buloke Shire Young Citizen of the Year and the Wycheproof Young Citizen. Mary-Anne’s nomination was a two page, closely typed summary of her leadership and volunteer activities including but not limited to the Loddon Murray Youth Leadership Program, Wycheproof Tennis Club, Wycheproof A&P Society and Teddywaddy CFA, just to name a few.
Other awards on Australia Day were the Event of the Year, awarded to the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic hosted by the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre and the Ambassador Award to Harry Coffey due to his support of and positive publicity of Wycheproof and the Mt Wycheproof Cup meeting.
Australia Day Pool Party at Wycheproof Swimming Pool was well attended and great fun. The 2nd Annual Wycheproof Thong Throw silver thong trophy was awarded to Brett MacDonald (open division) and the junior trophy to Ollie Daykin.
During February we welcome Ms Lucy Roffey, who begins as Chief Executive Officer of Buloke Shire Council on 4 February 2017 (see page 2). A warm welcome is extended to Averyll Loft, manager of the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre. We congratulate out-going manager Jenna McNicol for her great work on initiatives in 2016 such as the community car. There is a lot happening at the WCRC including a redesign of the reception area.
Many groups are seeking volunteers to help to continue their work in 2017. For more information about what’s on in February and how you can be involved in the Wycheproof community, see inside this newsletter or see www.wycheproof.vic.au and subscribe to WoT newsletter to received updates via email.