Flinders News correspondent and former teacher Barry Zander is the Mount Remarkable Citizen of the Year.
The honour was unveiled by the Mount Remarkable District Council at its meeting last month and will be presented on Australia Day.
Mr Zander, affectionately known as Mr Bazz, has spent many hours helping both his town and the wider community.
He arrived in the district in 2005 and his love of football, video-camera work and photography saw him strike up a working relationship with the BMW coach of that time Freddie Freeman.
Working closely with Freeman, he produced short videos of Saturday action focussing on various sequences of play during the day that Freddie included in his coaching sessions. This was recognised by the SANFL.
That was just the start because years later Mr Zander worked with Marie Storey to produce the 25-year history book, Where Do We Come From?, about BMW netball and football.
Premiership booklets were composed for the senior colts premierships in 2014 and 2015.
During the years, many thousands of football and netball photos have been shared with players and club members, Mr Zander being dubbed the unofficial photographer of the teams.
His love of publishing became evident in 2007 when while teaching at Booleroo District School he volunteered to put together and edit the school year book. This voluntary job continued for 10 years.
His DJ service and sound systems soon popped up at events such as the Anzac Dawn Service, school sport and swimming carnivals, BMW presentations and social events, Australia Day celebrations and street parties, Cracker Carol events and Christmas Eve celebrations and later at the sheep races.
He often provided commentary or hosted those present through these events.
He helped Kevin Sizer with the design and technical advice for the Wirrabara Producers Markets’ sound system.
His services and equipment were available for hire for local events. He helps at the Wilmington Night Rodeo providing music to support the bull riders and other events and presenting sponsorship spiels.
His association with the rodeo saw him with Bek Martin compile and publish a book in 2016 commemorating Wilmington’s 50 Years of Rodeo.
The book contains copies of most of the posters produced to advertise the rodeo around the state and many of the articles published by The Flinders News over time and some amazing old images from the history section of the rodeo.
He is a member of the Booleroo Centre and Districts Lions Club and has just notched up 10 years voluntary service as an ambulance officer with South Australian Ambulance Service.
He has been involved with the Booleroo Centre and Districts Men’s Shed.