Australia Day Celebrations 2016

Awards will be presented to the following people at Wakool Shire Australia Day celebrations on 26th January 2016:

Citizen of the Year – Sandra Scalora, Tooleybuc

Young Citizen of the Year – Abbey Hird, Barham

Sportsperson of the Year – Austin Mertz, Moulamein

Sporting Achievement of the Year – Koondrook Barham Raiders Football Netball Club

Community Event of the Year – Moulamein ANZAC Day 2015, 100 year celebrations


The Wakool Shire Council Australia Day Ambassador for 2016 is Mr. Clyde Campbell, Founder of Shake it Up Australia Foundation.  Presentations will be made to all award recipients at Australia Day Breakfasts held across the Shire. 



Barham – Breakfast at Riverside Park starting at 7.00am, presentation of Young Citizen of the Year and Sporting Achievement of the Year & Ambassador speech at 8.00am, followed by the flag raising ceremony at 9.00am.

Moulamein –Breakfast at the Triangle at 8.30am followed by the flag raising ceremony at 9.00am.  Presentation of Sportsperson of the Year & Community Event of the Year.

Wakool – Breakfast at the Wakool Hall starting at 8.00am. Please book through the Wakool Café 03) 5887 1217 for catering purposes.

Tooleybuc– Breakfast is from 7.30am at Mensforth Park followed by the flag raising ceremony and presentation of Citizen of the Year. The duck race will follow at the Murray River.  A donation would be appreciated.

Koraleigh – Breakfast is from 7.30am onwards at the Koraleigh Recreation Reserve followed by the raising of the flag ceremony at 8.30am. 


A bit about our Ambassador- Clyde Campbell:

Clyde is the founder of ‘Shake it Up Australia’- a foundation he launched after coming to terms with his diagnosis with Parkinson’s in 2009.  

As the owner of a company that provides the latest world-leading technology and turnkey automation and robotics solutions, Clyde has always been a man who likes to ‘get things done’.

Just like his steadfast resolve in his work life, Clyde set out to learn as much as possible about Parkinson’s and what was being done worldwide. True to his entrepreneurial spirit, he decided not to sit back and wait for the rest of the world to find a cure but to join the action. Clyde launched Shake it up Australia and partnered with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to increase awareness in Australia and increase funding towards finding a cure.