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Port Lincoln 2020 Citizen of the Year Award Winners Announced

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The City of Port Lincoln Citizen of the Year Awards selection panel have proudly announced the winners of the 2020 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards. 

Winners include: 

Citizen of the Year
Emma Pedler
Young Citizen of the Year
Tyrene Gardiner
Community Event of the Year
Passionis Productions

Councillor Jack Ritchie on behalf of the selection panel this year said “That there was unanimous agreement
that the standout person for Citizen of the Year was Emma Pedler for her incredible contribution to the
community through her work, her volunteer commitment and all of her activities, the impact of her
contribution on the local government area and as an inspirational role model”.

Emma Pedler volunteers much of her time to help out in her community to compere at events and fundraise
as part of “The Runaway Brides” team for SA Variety, the Children’s Charity and has participated in the Variety
Bash on multiple occasions.

She is a leader of a team of volunteers who provide meals for Fred’s Van on Sunday nights as part of the organisation run by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

The Young Citizen of the Year, Tyrene Gardiner was rewarded for his contribution and dedication as a St John
Cadet.

Tyrene is a member of both the Cadet and Adult St John Division. He is a great mentor to new and
junior cadet members and has recorded 296 duty hours in June 2019 providing first aid skills to the general
public.

Passionis Productions took out the Community Event of the Year and in particular were recognised for their
outstanding contribution to young people. The Passionis Productions leadership team volunteer their time
to teach writing, acting, film making and art four nights a week for free to those who want to attend.

They also facilitate both Adult and Youth Mental Health Support Groups, as well as The Youth Advisory Group and
work closely with West Coast Youth to support Youth in need on the Eyre Peninsula.

Mayor Brad Flaherty said, “It was great to see more people nominating their valued community members
this year. Those that were nominated were all deserving winners and should be proud of themselves and
the service they provide to their community”.


The community are invited to congratulate and celebrate the winners of those nominated at the Australia Day event on the Port Lincoln foreshore to be held on Sunday 26 January 2020.