Crowds turn out for Australia Day Breakfast events

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Volunteers from Eaton & Millbridge Lions didn’t let very hot weather on Australia Day stop them from getting behind the barbecue to cook up a traditional breakfast for the community while raising much-needed funds for the New South Wales bushfire appeal.

The local Lions raised an incredible $1750 for the appeal through gold coin donations from hungry breakfast crowds who attended Eaton Foreshore for the Australia Day Breakfast, Citizenship Ceremony and presentation of the WA Citizen of the Year Awards.

A performance by Fusion Choir kept crowds entertained.

Australia Day Breakfast events were also held at Burekup (presented by the Burekup Country Club) and Dardanup (presented by the Dardanup Lions & the Dardanup & Districts Residents’ Association.

The Shire of Dardanup welcomed eight new Australians to the community following the Eaton Foreshore Citizenship Ceremony ranging in age from 5 to 54 and representing the countries of Italy, Philippines, China, United States, Pakistan and Malaysia.

During his address, Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett remarked on the growth in the number of new residents reciting their pledge over the past year.
In 2019, we had a total of 77 conferees compared to 44 the year before, he said.

The following Citizen of the Year Awards were also presented by Cr Bennett:

Citizen of the Year – Paddy Papalia

Paddy has done so much great work for our community driven by his passion for friends, neighbours and bowls.

Since joining the Eaton Bowling Club in 1999, Paddy has held almost every position possible within the club and its various committees from captain to president to vice president, selector, umpire and secretary.

But his willingness to roll up his sleeves and get things done doesn’t stop with bowls.

When Paddy and his wife Margaret moved to the Bethanie Espirit Lifestyle Village in 2010, he was elected chairperson of the Resident Committee and became an active spokesperson for the village residents. After serving in that role for 3 years he then put his hand up as a member of the village’s bowling committee – initially providing advice on installation of a new bowling green at the village and later organising inter-village competitions.

Senior Citizen of the Year – Donald Wass
Nominees – Tony Jenour & June Keil

Don’s commitment to his local community and in particular, his local environment would be hard to match.

A founding member and now life member of Eaton Probus and a long-term member of the Eaton Bowling Club, Don works closely with Council staff on a range of projects and activities to improve and protect the local environment including removal of cotton bush, collecting rubbish, sharing his love and knowledge of bees plus providing input into the shire’s recently adopted Bee Keeping policy while keeping an active eye on health of local waterways, contributing to regular surveys and reporting any maintenance issues creating an impact.

Community Group of the Year – Dardanup Social Dance Group

Dardanup Social Dance Group started 11 years ago with just a few members and now attracts at least 60 people to its regular events.
Not only do they provide a supportive environment to remain healthy, fit active and connected, they also donate all proceeds from their regular events to charity – as much as $4,000 last year.

Groups supported by the Dardanup Social Dance Group have included the Eaton, Millbridge and Dardanup Lions, PCYC, Solaris and MS.

The group is very proactive and travels to surrounding towns to support other dance events promoting their message of healthy body/healthy mind.

Shire of Dardanup Citizen of the Year – Paddy Papalia with Shire President Mick Bennett.