Congratulations to the following 2018 Australia Day recipients:
- Citizen of the Year: Trevor Laskey
- Young Citizen of the Year: Corey Finlay
- Community Event of the Year: Carols in the Main
Presentation of the awards will be made at the Australia Day Breakfast held at the Lions Park, Orroroo on Friday, January 26, from 8am.
Trevor Laskey – Citizen of the Year
Trevor Laskey of Morchard has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Citizen of the Year for 2018 for his behind the scenes efforts in community groups.
Trevor joined the Orroroo & Districts Lions Club on November 1, 1985.
During his time with Lions Trevor has been a tireless worker for the club.
He was president in 1998-99, vice president in 1987-88, 1997-98, and again in 2000-01.
He held the position of secretary in 1997-98 and again from 2013-16.
During his 32 years of service to the Orroroo & Districts Lions Club he has always been a willing worker and quick to offer assistance, whether it's cooking a BBQ, a working bee or countless shifts cooking chips and donuts at the footy.
As one of their longest serving members Trevor is always available to offer advice to the newer members or to act as a sounding board for the current office bearers.
Trevor played a total of 257 games for the Orroroo Football Club, 32 in the Flinders League and 225 in the Northern Areas Football Association from 1972 to 1985.
He played in a B grade premiership in 1970 in the Flinders League and in the A grade premiership sides of 1976,77,78 and 1982 in the NAFA.
He received a Meritorious Service Award in 1990 and became a life member of the Orroroo Football Club in 1991.
He held the position of president from 1986-91 and was president of the NAFA from 1992-95.
He was senior vice president of the Orroroo Football Club in 1985 and secretary from 2003-06.
He was the social committee secretary from 1980-84 and treasurer of the social committee in 1980, ‘82 and again in ‘85.
He was also on the general committee in 1978, ‘79, ‘97 and ‘98.
He is also currently a NAFA commissioner.
Twenty-four years of serving in a voluntary role for these committees speaks for itself as to Trevor's contribution to football not only in Orroroo but in the whole of the NAFA.
Trevor is also a member of the CFS.
He joined the Orroroo Brigade on September 25, 1991, before switching to the Pekina Brigade when they were struggling for numbers in 2007.
Trevor was Brigade Captain at Pekina from 2007-12 and became a work, health and safety representative in 2009.
He is currently on the Region 4 Work, Health and Safety Committee.
Trevor has received awards for 10 and 20 years service and also a national medal in 2015.
Trevor played table tennis for Morchard for approximately 15 years, during which time he was secretary/treasurer for nine years.
He was also secretary/treasurer of the Morchard Cricket Club from 1977-83.
He is currently the Orroroo representative on the Mid North Health Advisory Committee and has held this position for the past eight years.
Along side of all of this, in his spare time he is a Justice of the Peace and has been so for 20-plus years.
On the nomination form for Trevor, his nominator made the following statement that is the essence of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award:
“In conclusion I feel that Trevor would be a very worthy Citizen of the Year as his volunteer service record of 32 years with the Orroroo &Districts Lions Club, 24 years serving volunteer positions in the Orroroo Football Club and 26 years in CFS, along with his other current roles and some I am sure to have missed, show his dedication to our community.”
Corey Finlay – Young Citizen of the Year
Corey Finlay has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Young Citizen of the Year for 2018 for his representation of the Orroroo community through various sports and involvement in school and community groups.
Corey plays football for Orroroo and has captained the Senior Colts team for the previous two years and has also been playing and filling in for the A and B grade since 2015.
Corey has also been awarded Best and Fairest for Senior Colts for the last two years and has won the Peter Gibb Memorial trophy for both 2016 and 2017.
He also captained the Junior Colts in 2015 as well as winning the Best and Fairest for that year.
He has represented Orroroo as a part of the NAFA Association team in Under 14, Under 15 and Landmark Cup Under 17 levels.
He also captained the NAFA Under 14 and Under 15 teams in 2014 and 2015 at various carnivals around the state.
In 2015 and 2016 he represented Orroroo as a part of the North Adelaide State Championship Country team playing at carnivals in Adelaide.
Corey also plays cricket for Orroroo, captaining the junior cricket side and now opening the bowling for the senior cricket side.
He has played association level cricket for the Mid North Zone in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 age levels.
He was also selected in the 2017 Squad for the South Australian Cricket Association Under 16 Country Redbacks.
Corey also plays tennis for Orroroo and has captained a Junior tennis side for the previous three years.
Corey has been a Student Representative Council (SRC) member since 2013 and will continue to do so as a year 12 student in 2018.
He has represented the school at the Grip National Leadership Camps in Sydney 2016 and in Brisbane 2017, which is a four-day leadership conference that brings student leaders together from around the country.
Corey, alongside three other students, were the only South Australian representatives to attend the camps and gained sponsorship and fundraised to cover the cost of these camps which was well received by the community.
He has previously been a Junior House Captain and in 2017 was Senior Vice-Captain of his schools’ sporting house.
Corey has previously won awards for his citizenship and in 2013 won the school’s Dan van Holst Pellekaan Award.
In 2016, Corey won the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award for leadership and in 2017 won the Peterborough Rotary Citizenship Award.
In 2017, Corey was the successful applicant for the school’s American exchange and was lucky enough to spend four weeks in California representing the school.
Corey has been a part of the CFS cadets for the previous six years and in 2015 represented Region 4 at the ANZAC 100th year Centenary as a part of the Youth Vigil at the South Australian War Memorial.
Corey also wishes to continue with the CFS and is looking to complete his BFF1 training course in 2018.
Carols in the Main – Community Event of the Year
The Carols in the Main has been has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Community Event of the Year for 2018.
From an estimated 150 attendees in 2008 to now over 300, Carols in the Main has grown bigger and better each year.
A small committee of five community members representing different religious denominations have been involved with the event since its inception.
They organise a wonderful night of free entertainment including community singing, special guests and a spectacular light show over the front of the Town Hall.
The light display features stars, patterns and colours which is shown over the Town Hall walls during the night.
The Main Street is closed for the event which provides a safe environment for families to gather for a wonderful evening of community carol singing and festive fun.
Weather has been kind to the event, with only once the event affected by weather which resulted in the event being moved inside the Town Hall.
It really is a community event with community and sporting groups provided with an opportunity to fundraise at the event – food and drinks (bbq, donuts, drinks and ice creams) being available.