Australia Day Awards

Recipients of the Australia Day Awards:

Trevor Laskey (2018 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 the 1st November 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 to 2016. 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 1976-1977-1978 and 1982 in the Northern Areas Football Association. 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 1986-1991 and was President of the Northern Areas Football Association from 1992-1995. He was senior vice president of the Orroroo Football Club in 1985 and Secretary from 2003-2006. He was the Social Committee Secretary from 1980-1984 and Treasurer of the Social Committee in 1980-1982 and again in 1985. He was also on the general committee in 1978, 1979, 1997 and 1998. He is also currently a Northern Areas Football Association Commissioner. 24 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 Northern Areas Football Association.

Trevor is also a member of the CFS. He joined the Orroroo Brigade on the 25th September 1991 before switching to the Pekina Brigade when they were struggling for numbers in 2007. Trevor was Brigade Captain at Pekina from 2007 to 2012 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 9 years.

He was also Secretary/Treasurer of the Morchard Cricket Club from 1977-1983.

He is currently the Orroroo representative on the Mid North Health Advisory Committee and has held this position for the past 8 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 (2018 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 2 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 3 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 4-day leadership conference that brings student leaders together from around the country. Corey, alongside 3 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 schools 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 4 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 (2018 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 5 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.


Lynette Bollinger (2017 Citizen of the Year)Lynette

Lynette Bollinger of Orroroo has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Citizen of the Year for 2017 for her behind the scenes efforts in community events. Her passion for her community has seen her involved in numerous community events over a number of years:

  • Brush with Art: assisting in the setting up of the Town Hall.

  • Orroroo Quilters Weekend: assisting with the setting up of the display in the Town Hall and organising the Street Market and the Trash and Treasure.

  • Orroroo Christmas Pageant: organising the Yellow Brick Road treasure hunt for the children, the street market and actively participating in the parade. Lynette also usually behind the main street decorations at Christmas.  

  • Fundraising for Cancer Council: presented numerous fashion shows as fundraisers through the district.

  • Orroroo & Carrieton Tourism & Events Committee: Member of the Committee which organised the Goyder’s Line 150th Commemoration event.

  • Carrieton Rodeo and Carrieton Campdraft: working in the stock yards.

  • Open Gardens: involved in the organising of the bi-annual event.

Lynette is a very talented entrepreneur and great ambassador for the Orroroo and Carrieton communities. Her passion for the town commenced when Lynette and her husband Rob established the multi-award winning Maggies Coffee Shop in Orroroo. Since selling Maggies, she become the proprietor of the Store on Second, a shop renown throughout the State with people visiting from far and wide. The Store donates to local organisation fundraisers and sporting clubs and events.

On the nomination form for Lynette, her nominator made the following statement that is the essence of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award:

‘Thank you Lynette for all you do. I know that you would rather just ‘get on with things’ but it is people like you that we need to recognise and acknowledge. You are the heart of our community.’  

Isaac Jesser (2017 Young Citizen of the Year)

Isaac Jesser has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 for his representation of the Orroroo community through various sports.

Sixteen year old Isaac is a member of the Orroroo Golf Club playing in the senior competition, representing the Club at various tournaments throughout the State and winning many tournaments. He is a member of the Northern Areas Junior Golf squad and has participated in the state based Sharp Cup tournament and State Country Championships.Isaac

Over the past few years Isaac has represented the Orroroo Golf Club by playing in triangulars and in the Jamestown Open, Peterborough Open (B grade handicap runner-up) and Hawker Open (C grade handicap winner and the following year B grade championship winner). He was the runner up in last year’s Orroroo B grade Club Championship.

In junior golf he also participated in the Brett Ogle cup 2 years in a row and represented the Northern group in Yacka’s Farmer’s day. Over the last few years Isaac has won the Jamestown Junior Open, the Peterborough B grade handicap Junior Open, Stirling North division 2 junior winner, received most improved in the Northern group and achieved the Traveller’s award.

Isaac is also a competent lawn bowler with the Orroroo Bowls Club playing in the senior competition and also a junior bowls member. He has participated in the state junior singles and triples championships where he has represented Orroroo. He has been involved in training with the state junior development squad in Adelaide.

Isaac is also involved in the Orroroo Tennis Club, playing in both the junior and senior competitions. In previous years he has played in the Orroroo Cricket Club in the junior competition. He has also been a member of the Orroroo Swim Club and the CFS cadets. Isaac has volunteered his time at working bees in various sporting clubs.

Entering year 12 at Orroroo Area School, Isaac has been involved in the Student Representative Council (SRC) for the past 3 years and holding the position of Treasurer for the past 2 years. He has represented the school by attending the National Grip Leadership camp in Sydney with 3 other students. Isaac has also been a Senior House Captain and a junior Vice Captain. At the end of 2016 Isaac received the Peterborough Rotary award for citizenship.

Isaac has just completed a Certificate 3 in retail at the local IGA where he works on a casual basis after school.

2016 Bike SA Annual Tour : Orroroo Area School
(2017 Community Event of the Year)


From left: Emily Case, Raymond Surirachanu, Nicole Lock, Nicolas Inquimert, Emily Froling,
Gaye Kuerschner, Kade Ackland, Courtney Rowe, Isaac Jesser & Brooke Reddaway


The Orroroo Area School Senior Hospitality Class has been has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Community Event of the Year for 2017 for catering at the Annual Bike SA tour ‘From the Vineyards to the Outback’.

The Tour was a much anticipated and ambitious catering exercise undertaken by the Orroroo Area School’s Senior Hospitality Class. Planning the menu thoughtfully was critical for the enjoyment of guests and management by the students. They wanted to feature local produce, allow for dietary specifications, prepare as much as possible in advance and achieve a quick service turn around for the 250 guests.

Above all, the goal was to make the Orroroo night the ‘best’ night of the Tour!

The class cheerfully served a 4 course meal, starting with roving nibble platters outside and the remaining courses were served inside the school gym. They also had ‘snack packs’ of assorted homemade biscuits and jam for sale.

The students were very organised and relaxed from the start, chatting as they served and mingled with the guests. The meal went off exactly as planned with everyone working collaboratively.

Some students were very nervous about interacting with the guests as they served each course, but this made the event so special because they received compliments directly, which built their confidence. The students have since received personal compliments and emails remarking on their presentation, manners and friendliness.

It was a very positive first experience at Orroroo Area School and judging by the nature of the feedback, they achieved this goal!

They were supported by the OAS Governing Council who served drinks, which was much appreciated.


Julianne O'Dea (2016 Citizen of the Year)

Julianne O’Dea of Orroroo has been awarded the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Citizen of the Year for 2016 for her dedication to the Orroroo Netball Club. During 2015, Julianne played her 700th game of netball for the Club.

Julianne’s senior netball career began in 1972 (at the age of 11), and she has spent all but 10 years of her life playing netball. Now aged in her mid-50s, Julianne has not missed a year of netball in 44 years.

A centre court player for most of her netball career, Julianne has been instrumental to her teams and known for her lightning speed and direct passes. She is known as a competitive and hard-lined player, who puts her body on the line to win a game for the team.

With some truly impressive statistics to her name, Julianne has won 10 premierships in her playing career, and has also coached teams to at least 6 premierships.

As well as playing and coaching, Julianne is a reliable and high quality umpire for the club.

Julianne has also been heavily involved the Northern Areas Netball Association, being Association delegate for the club and sitting on the Association selection committee disputes committee for numerous years.

Julianne was selected in the Association Country Championships Masters team 5 times and in the A-grade once and B-grade 4 times.

She has also held numerous positions within the Orroroo Netball Club including secretary, social committee, assistant secretary and on the executive committee.

Anzac Day 2015 (2016 Event of the Year)

The Community Event of the Year had been awarded to the Anzac Day 2015 event. Over 300 people attended the ANZAC Dawn Service in Orroroo on Saturday 25th April 2015. The service began at 6.30am on what was a very brisk morning. The service was conducted and coordinated by John Cozens and involved community members as Light Horsemen (Peter Battersby, Wade Brooks, Glyn Shackleford & Darren Quinn), who were dressed in uniforms, which added an extra touch to the service as it was the Centenary of the landing at Gallipoli.

Adding to the Centenary Commemoration, wreaths, rosemary sprigs and poppies made by a band of local women were laid at the district cemeteries and memorials by a small group of volunteers.

Following the dawn service breakfast was provided at the RSL Rooms, cooked by the Orroroo & Districts Lions Club. 

The success of such a special event goes to the volunteers, who put their hand up to say ‘I can help’ whether it be in a small or large way. Annika Hooper, Kate Williams, Richard Bramley and Mike Bull were some of the participants in the service in 2015 but there were many behind the scenes helpers who are too numerous to name here. 



Kate Williams (2015 Citizen of the Year)

Kate Williams (nee McMillan) came to Carrieton in 1971 as a primary school teacher and taught at the Carrieton School for two years. In 1973, Kate sat for her bus license and drove the school bus from Carrieton to Orroroo. Kate taught at the Orroroo Area School in 1973-1974.

In April of 2974 Kate married Brian Williams. Kate and Brian have six children  being 5 daughters and 1 son (Letisha, Kym, Stacey, Leah, Abbey and Heidi) and have 9 grandchildren.

Kate has been involved in golf, tennis, Carrieton Progress Association, recycling, Carrieton Cropping Project, planting trees and now doing the Souvenirs for the Carrieton Rodeo with daughter Heidi.


Kate is the current secretary as yet the Carrieton Tennis Club has not been wound up. Kate coached the juniors for many years until the end of the tennis being played at Carrieton. Kate was a very consistent coach.


Kate played golf in Carrieton for many years. While playing golf in Carrieton, Kate was President, Captain and Handicap Manager. After the Carrieton Golf Club closed, Kate then played golf in Orroroo. Kate has been captain in Orroroo and was President of the Northern Zone for 2 years.

When the new clubhouse was built in Orroroo, Kate helped with painting etc.

Carrieton Progress

Kate was an inaugural member and President up until 2002 and has been Vice President since. As Kate was President at the time when the school was purchased from the Education Department so therefore she was the leader making the school into a caravan park. Kate is still on the Caravan Park Committee. Over the summer months Kate along with a few other members help look after the park.


Kate led the way into putting recycling bins for cans at the Orroroo Oval. Kate had the Orroroo School make the bins. These bins can now been seen in the townships of Orroroo and Carrieton. Kate also has had a bin put into the Carrieton Shop for the recycling of ink cartridges etc.

Cropping Project

Kate has been involved with the Cropping Project for many years. Kate is a very capable secretary / treasurer of which she has been for many years.

Tree Planting

Kate helped with establishing the woodlot in Carrieton. Kate, along with some students from Orroroo School and the American students, planted trees at the Carrieton Campdraft. Kate also planted trees around the Information Bay and watered them.


Kate thought a mural would look great on the back of the new toilets. Kate had to find someone to help with the mural, once that was done then a costing had to be done. Kate then applied for an Arts Grants which was knocked back the first time but she re-applied a second time and was successful. With most people in the Carrieton areas helped in some way of putting the mural together.

Kate along with her daughter Heidi have taken over doing the souvenirs for the Carrieton Rodeo. Kate helps with any catering in the district and we have all come to reply on her for making the best ever chocolate cake.


Orroroo Half Marathon 2014 (2015 Event of the Year)  

The Orroroo Half Marathon is conducted annually in March, and attracts over 100 competitors every year. For every competitor, there are at least 3 family members or friends who attend with them to watch the race or take part in the activities which are run on the day. The participants are made up of both locals, regional and interstate visitors.

The first Half Marathon was organised in 2008 by the Gym Committee in an effort to engage the Orroroo and districts communities in a healthy outdoor activity and encourage family participation.

The Orroroo Community Gym had been set up as part of a community development program to increase physical activity and health and well being by the Rural Health Team, the Orroroo Hospital and the Orroroo Carrieton District Council in 2006, and it was suggested that a Fun Run would be a good family orientated way of achieving this whilst promoting the services of the gym.

The first five races started and finished at the Orroroo Golf Club, and whilst being happy and successful events, were not in a position to support the local businesses due to their isolation from the main street.

Since the race has been able to start and finish in the main street precinct, (at the 2013 event) the whole community has been able to benefit from the event.

• The Lions Club fire up the BBQ to offer breakfast and lunch for competitors and friends. Many visitors have early morning starts to arrive in time for the race, so appreciate the hot food on arrival. This has proved to be a good fundraiserfor the Lions Club.

• The Gumtree Cafe and Maggies are busy selling coffees and food allmorning, andthey and the Commercial Hotel enjoy a busy Sunday lunchtrade onthe day.

• The IGA and The Store on Second both see a steady stream of customersfrom both the locals and visitors. All of these businesses are strong supporters of the Half Marathon, and it is pleasing we are able to support their generosity with extra business.

• In 2014 the Blacksmith Chatter ran a Market which entertained visitors and the market benefited from the extra business generated by their presence. Three differentdistance races are run;the21Km Run attractsseriousrunners and is becoming increasingly popular with runners from the regions and interstate. Internet promotion for the Half

Marathon has become very diverse on at least 20 different running websites, and has attracted much enquiry in the last 2 races. The 21Km Walk is for the serious walkers, and is the longest race time wise.

The 10Km run and walkis the most popular race, and is always hotly contested by locals and visitors alike.

The 5Km run or walk is promoted as a family fun run, but is also a popular run by students, adults or for pre-season training. Cash prizes are presented to the winners and runnersupof the 21Km distance, andthe 10Km runs, whilst encouragement is given to school children with prizes and medals to those who complete their race. Families areencouraged to participate together. We also have a large number of repeat runners each year which is always great to see.

Competitors even come from intrastate to compete.

Following our 2014 race we were delighted to receive about 16 letters, cards & emails and several phone calls thanking us for the event, and commenting positively on the town and the community. 


Ian and Susan Ellery (2014 Combined Citizen of the Year Citizen of the Year)


Ian and Sue Ellery have contributed hugely to the community and region in many ways and are very worthy winners. They have achieved so much, to much to list in fact but the people that know Ian and Sue would know how dedicated, kind and giving they are. As we know, a great partnership can result in amazing achievements, and Ian and Sue make a great team.

 Some of their achievements are listed below:

 Ian has long been an energetic member of Orroroo & the surrounding communities, providing enormous support to many and varied clubs & organisations.

This support has been largely in the capacity of an office bearer particularly in leadership roles. The three organisations who have  benefitted significantly are the Orroroo Football Club, Orroroo Area School and the local St John Ambulance.

 Some of Ian’s achievements are:

 1. Orroroo Football Club (Life Member)

Ian began his long association with the football club in 1980 as a Trainer, a position he holds to this day. When his children began playing football he became Colts Manager progressing to Colts Development President. Following on from this, he was elected to the General Committee eventually becoming President. It was during his time as President, through his leadership, that much was achieved. The major development was, in collaboration with the District Council, that the Oval was replanted. Ian spent an enormous amount of his own time & energy, all hours of the day and night ensuring the project was successful. He was also an instigator of Football Clubrooms bar refurbishment. Again, much of the physical work was completed in Ian’s own time and undoubtedly at his own expense.

 As a result of Ian’s dedication he was awarded Life Membership of the Orroroo Football Club in 2010

  • Trainer 1980 – Current
  • Colts Manager 1999
  • Colts Development President 2000
  • General Committee Member 1999 – 2009
  • Senior Vice President 2003
  • President 2004 – 2009
  • Life Membership 2010

 2. Orroroo Area School Council

Ian’s association with the school management began in 1994 with his election to School Council. In 1996 he became Chairman. In 1999 through to 2000, the Orroroo Area School implemented Partnership21. During this 12 months of transition, Ian was required with the Principal to attend many, many hours of seminars & training to ensure the school community had a sound knowledge of what P21 meant to their child’s education, particularly with regard to school funding. I believe this was successfully achieved due to Ian being the Chairperson at this time of immense change, through his ability to communicate effectively with a positive attitude.

After such a committed year, the school was then required to  implement an Asset Management Plan. Ian in his role as Chairperson chose to dedicate more time to this program.

· Council member 1994 – 2002

· Chairperson 1996 – 2001

 3. Orroroo St John Ambulance Association

Ian was a foundation member of the Orroroo Ambulance Service, commencing in September 1974 and served as a member until June 1996. He held a number of positions.

 He was training officer for many years, training new and updating current members skills.

 He competed in St John Ambulance competitions in the Upper North Region on a number of occasions, winning in 1978 and again in 1980, going on to represent the Upper North in state competitions.

 Ian was an Orroroo Ambulance Service Board member during this  period, and held the position of President until the Board dissolved in 2010. Even though the Board no longer existed, Ian was actively 
involved on a Committee working toward the establishment of the current Ambulance Station which has become a wonderful asset to the town & community.

· Ambulance Volunteer 1974 - 1996

· Training Officer 1978 - 1996

· Foundation Board Member 1974 – 1996

· Working Committee Member

 4. Morchard Tennis Club (Life Member)

Ian has been playing tennis, attending meetings, working bees and helping out with fundraisers for 43 years.

He attended his first AGM in 1971 and was immediately elected as Assistant Secretary at the ripe old age of 17!

Ian has held positions ranging from President, Vice President, Assistant Secretary, Association Delegate and Captain.

 In 1989, under his leadership as President, the Tennis Club installed new synthetic grass tennis courts, a huge undertaking. Again Ian worked tirelessly overseeing this enormous project. Because of the example set by Ian as leader, the Community generously supported the project with many voluntary hours of labour.

 Ian has always been a driving force behind the cropping of the Morchard park lands including seeding spraying reaping and carting of the grain. This has all been completed at his own expense. Due to this generosity Morchard has been able to continually maintain and upgrade the facilities as is evident today. Ian has also provided regular support through umpiring & organising Junior Tennis with mid-week training and Saturday morning competition. As a result of Ian’s dedication he was awarded Life Membership of the Morchard Tennis Club in 2012

 · Committee member 1971 – current

· President 1974 -1979, 1988 –19 91

· Vice President 1979 – 1987

· Assistant Secretary 1971 – 1974

· Association Delegate 1974 – 1979, 1991 – 1997

· Cropping Committee Member 1991 – current

· Life Membership 2012

 There was no hesitation in nominating Ian, we believe him to be a very worthy recipient of this award through his very noteworthy contribution and outstanding service to our community over a number of years. Ian’s voluntary roles have always been conducted above and beyond the normal call of duty. Ian is always a positive role model to those who have been fortunate enough to have worked with him. I believe Ian epitomises the ethos of Australia Day “Citizen of the Year”.


Sue Ellery has been involved in many clubs and organisations as well throughout her time in Orroroo and the region.

Sue has been an active member of the Orroroo Quilters since it’s inception 21 years ago. Her skills in presentation of the bi-annual quilt display have assisted the group achieving 3 State Regionals Art Awards and induction into the Hall of Fame.

 The Orroroo Area School benefited from Sue’s involvement while her children were attending. For many years, Sue and her family hosted exchange students forming bonds that still continue. They were enthusiastic in showing the students all the interesting, unique, historical and quirky things about our area.

 Sue has a passion for Tourism and sees the huge benefits it can have in our town and district. With this as a focus, she was a committee member of the very successful Orroroo SA Masters Games held in April 2013. Again, her skills in presentation was noticed by locals and visitors. Sue also served on the Council Tourism Committee for many years and was excited about having the Variety Bash in our area.

 Without Sue’s needle skills, the Orroroo Football Club would be out of pocket replacing Guernseys. She also works in the canteen and does the club’s washing.

 Sue’s most recent project of researching and updating the Morchard Cemetery records kept her very busy researching through history and had her talking to people all over the world about their relatives that were laid to rest at Morchard. Sue spent countless hours at the Cemetery in all kinds of weather and discovered many interesting stories and facts that would provide endless stories and conversation. Sue spent many hours researching, cleaning, finding and marking the graves and has extended the grounds of the cemetery to include graves on the boundary. She has caused a stir in the community with this project and has encouraged other community members to start researching and updating the other cemeteries in our region.

 All of the projects, clubs, organisations and associations that Ian and Sue have been involved in have benefited hugely from their efforts and commitment. They are very valued members of our community and are very worthy, deserving winners of this award.


Orroroo SA Masters Games (2014 Community Event of the YearCommunity Event of the Year)

The Orroroo Masters Games received the Community Event of the Year as it was a huge event for the town that brought 500 plus visitors into our town and put Orroroo on the map. It was a great event supported by the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton but would not have been successful without the support of the committee, volunteers, sporting clubs and business owners. It was fantastic achievement for the town by the town. The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton planned for two years for this event and it was worth all the time spent as it was such a benefit for the town.

This event showcase Orroroo, its facilities, tourism, point of interest, some neighbouring towns and welcomed people to town with a welcoming spirit and has encouraged many return visitors.





 Denise Ogilvy (2013 Citizen of the Year)

Denise Mogford was born on 22nd February 1947, in Hamilton Victoria.Citizen of the Year

Moved to Appila in her early 20's to work for the Phillips family as a nanny.  This is where she met Jeff Ogilvy, they married in 1969 and had 6 daughters between 1970 and 1979. 

Denise and Jeff then moved to Orroroo in 1980 to be closer to Jeff's work, Parnell Transport.

Since living in the Orroroo community, Denise has committed her time and efforts to a variety of organisations and local groups.  Whilst having 6 daughters who all attended Orroroo Area School and played a range of sport in the community, Denise volunteered her time helping  when needed, along with doing many other things.

- In 2002 Denise, Jeff and the girls received a State award from the Governor, for their outstanding service to the communities of South Australia and Northern Territory. 

With the help of the Orroroo Community  they raised over $56,000 for The South Australian Epilepsy Association which was also recognition for over 16 years of service to the Association.  The girls participated in The Miss Junior South Australia Quest, where they held many events from memorabilia auctions, lamington and bottle drives, cricket matches and many other fundraisers.

- Denise was also a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the area, assisting in their shop in Peterborough and raising money for many years, for the association.

- She was a member of Orroroo's local tourist association for many years.

- Member of the Orroroo Historical Society and was the Secretary and Treasurer of the Early Settlers’ Cottage.

 Denise was part of the team who organised the restoration of the Early Settlers’ Cottage.  She also helped maintain and  clean the cottage and ran tours for school students and tourist groups for many years.

- 10 years on the Orroroo Agricultural and Horticultural Show committee as Vice President and  also on the Entertainment committee. Worked tirelessly throughout the years to try to keep the show running for the community. She was involved in bringing Aussie Icon Dick Smith, 'Outback legend' Tom Kruse and Basketball Para Olympian David Gould  to the community to open the  Orroroo show. 

- Denise helped her daughter Kelly, establish the Orroroo Youth Centre and was also on the committee for many years until it unfortunately closed.

- The family have opened their home to those in need on many occasions.  This included welcoming ateenager into their home for 18 months who had lost her father and they helped her back on her feet.

- She organised and ran the 'Clean up Australia Day' in Orroroo for over 5 years in the 1990's.

- Volunteering for the Heart Foundation door knock appeal for over 5 years

- Volunteering for the Crippled Children's Association Door Knock appeal for over 5 years

- Helped organise the Orrorroo/ Peterborough/Jamestown and districts Christmas Toy Run for the Salvation Army from 1999 - 2002

- Has participated in the 10 km walk in Pichi Richi

Marathon for the past 2 years, raising money for the South Australian Kidney Foundation and Angus Dunn.

- Denise was asked by Author Liz Hurfell to be part of the prize winning Country Shows Cook Book.  In 2008  the 'Blue Ribbon Cook Book' was published, made up from the recipes and tips from prize winning  country show cooks with Denise's tasty Macadamia and Wattle Seed biscuits recipe included.

- Denise is recognised as the local event and wedding guru and has helped many couples plan their big day.  In Orroroo, Appila, Adelaide, Jamestown,

Burra, Carrieton and beyond, she has been a florist, a caterer, reception & cakes decorator and more, including cooking and decorating the Orroroo and Carrieton Australia Day cake

- For the past 13 years Denise has dedicated herself to the Cancer Council’s 'Biggest Morning Tea' and has raised over $18,000 throughout that time and still going. She has also received 5 awards from the

Cancer Council for being the highest money raiser in the State for the past 5 years. 

Denise has made the event a day for everyone to be involved, inviting the community to their home for 
morning tea and  for those who can't make it, Jeff delivers to those and the local businesses and institutions.

- In 2010 Denise participated in the Cancer Council Relay for Life team event in Roxby Downs,  the team of 15 people consisted of walkers from Orroroo, Carrieton and Roxby, who walked around the oval for 19 hours.  Their team raised over $8000 and won the highest money raisers for the event.  She also helped raise money for the event in 2012, but didn't actually participate.

 - Denise also volunteers her time to the Orroroo Bowls Club, organising afternoon tea and cooking dinner and cleaning up every Saturday night.

- She is currently working at the Orroroo Hotel helping Liz prepare the food for the weekend ahead and occasionally still helping out her son in-law Paddy travelling around the countryside cooking for shearers.

Whether it is cooking for something or someone, making a bouquet of flowers for a bride, a wreath for a loved one or crocheting a beautiful rug, Denise is always busy doing something.  Through her years of hard work within the Orroroo community and beyond, she has made a name for herself as an amazing cook and someone to be relied upon.

Denise and Jeff have instilled values and sense of community service to their 6 daughters, all who are very proud of their mother’s achievements.



Ororroo and Districts Lions Club (2013 Community Event of the Year

The Orroroo and Districts Lion’s Club has been involved in many projects and community events since they  were established in 1979. There were 23 members in their first year with President Mr Peter Dignan, Secretary Mr Alan Mitchell and Treasurer Mr Wilton Cox.  At their peak there was over 40 members! Some of the major projects that they have significantly contributed to are:

The establishment of the picnic area at the Pekina Creek for which the club received a Premiers Community Service award in 1991, the lookout area at Tank Hill, the playground at the Orroroo Town Oval, the shelter at the Orroroo Cemetery, raising $36,000 to buy a heart monitor for the Orroroo Health Service, raising $8,500 to buy an Ultra Sound Machine for the Orroroo Health Service, purchase of a weigh chair and lockable drug trolley for the Orroroo Community Home, the purchase of a wheelchair available to community members for short term use which is currently housed at the Orroroo Community Home, sponsorship of the Orroroo CFS cadets to attend the 2008 CFS Regional Cadet Camp, tree planting through Trees for Life along the Pekina Road, raising approx. $3,000 towards the purchase of the Jaws of Life for the Rescue Trailer, support to the Orroroo District Council to light the airstrip, continuing support of the Royal Flying Doctors Service and Royal Society for the Blind, along with donations to many other community and worthwhile causes.

A big congratulations to all the members, past and present for being such a great support and asset to our communities and for their excellent work that they do for all of us, our town and our organisations and clubs.

Lions Club Members are very proud to receive the Community award and we were pleased to have Jimmy Jones receive the award on our behalf. Jimmy is the longest serving original Charter Member and is still a financial member today. It was great to have Roger Mortimer, John Biggins, Ted Shultz and Geoff Power here to join us with accepting the award who are all original members join us for the celebration.


 Carrieton Progress Association (2012 Community Event of the Year)       

The Carrieton Progress Association won the Community Event of the Year award at the Australia Day Breakfast on the 26th January 2012 held at the Lion’s Park, Orroroo.

The Carrieton Progress Association won the award for the Variety Bash Fundraiser to raise funds for Angus Dunn who has Hirschsprung’s Disease and the Renal Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Hirschsprung’s Disease is a disease where part of the bowel has no nerve endings and therefore the bowel is unable to function.

The Carrieton Progress Association organised the event to raise awareness and gain support for Angus Dunn and the Renal Unit. The Progress Association provided a lunch on the day to serve 400 people, 300 Variety Bash members and 100 spectators.

The Progress Association along with the Carrieton Rodeo committee held a mini rodeo to show the Variety Bash members the horseman skills in the district.

The award was presented by District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Chairman, Colin Parkyn and accepted by Lorna Schmidt on behalf of the Association.




Terry Williams (2011 Citizen of the Year)


Orroroo Quilting Group (2011 Event of the Year)


Trevor Hoare (2010 Citizen of the Year)

Carrieton Rodeo Club - President 1964 -1967. Advertising officer for 20 years and time keeper for 40 years.

Knights of the Southern Cross - Joined in 1956. Chairman of the Carrieton Branch, which covers Quorn to Orroroo, for six years ('82, 83, 84, 94, 95, 96) and the secretary for eight years

('63, 64, 65, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06).

Committee member for the Carrieton Tennis Club in 1950.

He was President in 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85.Trevor Hoare

He also held the positions of Vice President, Secretary, Association Delegate and Captain.

He was granted Life Membership on 28 March 1985.

President of Orroroo Association in 1987 and was President of Quorn/Carrieton Association (records cannot be found)

Trevor was involved in the construction of the Carrieton Golf Course and maintenance.

Inaugural Carrieton Swimming Pool Committee. President of the swimming club. (Records of precise dates cannot be found).

Committee member for the Carrieton Rural School from 1966 to 1981.

The position of Chairperson dates need to be verified.

Chairperson of the Centenary for the Orroroo Area School.

He was a committee member for the school from 1975 to 1984 at least.

Paid position of school bus driver from Carrieton to Orroroo, which he held for 28 years.

Trevor was a member of the Orroroo Hospital Board from 1977 until 1992.

He has been a Volunteer Driver for Mid North Health from 2007 till current.

Trevor has been a member of the Orroroo Football Club organisation for many years.

Trevor was the Councillor for the Yanyarrie Ward of the Carrieton Council from 1969 to 1971.

Trevor was involved in the establishment of the Carrieton Community Garage.

Trevor was the Secretary for three years and a keen player of the Carrieton Football Club.

Trevor has been involved with the Probus club for five years. President in 2005 and Secretary in 2006.


Carrieton Rodeo (2010 Community Event of the Year )

  Committee formed in 1953, with the inaugural rodeo held in October of that year.Rodeo Logo

The two water bores that supply the township and residents of Carrieton with virtually unlimited water were donated by the Rodeo Club. The second bore was sunk and equipped by the Rodeo Club and has made the water reticulation scheme in Carrieton exceptional.

In 1990, due to low crowd attendance, the committee moved the Rodeo to the Saturday between Christmas and New Years and changed it to a night rodeo. This proved to be a massive success, with crowds of up to 5000 attending in recent years. Large amounts of volunteer hours were required to equip the arena for a night rodeo. Since then, the committee has donated large amounts of money to many projects and organisations within the Council area.

The Horseshoe View Caravan Park was given $85,000 to get set up and running and has continued financial support since then.

The Carrieton Community Store Gets substantial funding every year, and has amounted to well over $100,000 in the last 15 years. The store would undoubtedly have closed without the support of the Rodeo Club. This would leave no place in the town for residents to do their grocery shopping.

Orroroo Area School receives funding every year, over $35,000 in the last 15 years, and in return parents from OAS do volunteer on the night of the rodeo to help, for which the Rodeo Club is grateful.

The Orroroo CFS and volunteer Ambulance Service have received funds from the Rodeo Club on more than one occasion.

The Rodeo Club has given the Orroroo Hospital money to buy specialist medical equipment.

The majority of the money needed to build the disabled toilet in the Orroroo Football Clubrooms was also donated by the Rodeo Club.

The Rodeo Club also donated $1000-$3000 every year to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and in recent year has been donating to the Cancer Council.

Over the years the Carrieton Rodeo Club has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Carrieton community and the wider District Council, and this is an exceptional effort from such a small committee.


Susan Foulis (2009 Citizen of the Year)Susan

Why Susan received the award:    

  • She is the Public Advocate for the future of Health Services in the Orroroo community
  • Forming an Action Committee named "Acute Care for Orroroo" and became Chairman
  •  Board Member at the Orroroo and Districts Health Service
  • Member of  Morchard Sporting and Community Inc including roles as President, Secretary, Treasurer
  • Active member of Orroroo Football & Netball Club





Adele Tapscott (2009 Young Citizen)


Why Adele received the award:

  • Has been an active member of the Orroroo CFS Cadets and Brigade
  • Has completed her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • Keen sports person
  • Coached Junior Netball for the Orroroo Netball Club
  • Compiled the Orroroo Football & Netball Budget for two years
  • Played netball for Orroroo for ten years
  • Orroroo Swimming Club member for nine years
  • Played tennis for Orroroo & Districts for nine years
  • Has completed Johns First Aid Certificate
  • Won a Scholarship to Seattle, USA
  • Received an Order of SA Student Citizenship Award
  • Won Caltex All-Rounder Award and Rotary Award
  • Member of SRC and house captain





No Awards were presented in 2008


Aileen Tapscott (2007 Citizen of the Year)

 Aileen TapscottWhy Aileen received the award:

  • An enthusiastic and unassuming person who has quietly worked for the good of the Orroroo Carrieton community for a period extending over sixty years
  • Played badminton, netball and tennis and been a loyal supporter of the Orroroo Football Club
  • A past member of the Orroroo & District Hospital Board
  • A past member of the Orroroo Community Home Board of Management
  • A past member of the combined Orroroo & District Health Service Inc Board
  • A long serving member and fundraiser for the Orroroo Community Home Social Committee
  • Has catered for the Orroroo Show luncheon for over a twenty year period
  • A dedicated driver for meals on wheels since its inception
  • Assistant for the activities group at the hospital



Stacey Ackland (2007 Young Citizen)

 Stacey AcklandWhy Stacey received the award:

  • Orroroo Area School House Captain 2006
  • Orroroo Area School Student Representative Council (SRC) President 2006
  • Interschool swimming captain
  • Highly respected member of the school and wider community
  • Organisation of Christmas Pageant 2006
  • Organisation of Greg Mackereth memorial at the school
  • Represented the school in swimming, athletics, touch football, cricket and netball
  • Involved in school and local sport
  • Worthy winner of two major awards through her schooling including an award from the Defence Force and the Parnell Award of Excellence.
  • Goes about all her tasks with the least amount of fuss, and completes them to a high standard


Tom Case (2006 Citizen of the Year)

Thomas CaseWhy Tom received the award:

  • Justice of the Peace - 27 years
  • Member of Carrieton School Council 1972 - 1981, Secretary for 2 years
    Created MNSEC learning
  • Member of Orroroo Area School Council for 10 years
  • Member of local Regional Health Service Program Management Committee
  • Member of Collaborative Working Party formed to investigate amalgamation of Health Services in the area
  • Member of Mid-North Regional Health Service Board for 8 years
  • Member of Mid-North Regional Health Service Health and Planning Committee
  • Fire Control Officer for 34 years
  • Has held many positions in the Carrieton Tennis Club
  • Member of the Knights of the Southern Cross in Carrieton - cuts wood for charity with this group
  • Gate Keeper for the Carrieton Rodeo for more than 40 years
  • Member and volunteer for numerous Church, charitable and sporting bodies in the local area


Ian Dyer (2005 Citizen of the Year)

Ian DyerWhy Ian recieved the award:

  • Was president and now secretary of the Carrieton Swimming Pool
  • Was president for a year and still cooks the BBQ and attends busy bees regularly forthe Carrieton Rodeo Club
  • Has been president at the Carrieton Community Store for 10 years
  • Member of the Carrieton Community Croppying Project
  • Member of Horseshoe View Committee and emplyed as maintenance man
  • CFS captain since 1995 -  helped set up the building
  • Life member of the Black Rock Dirt Circuit Club
  • Is an active member of Carrieton Progress Association and the Tidy Towns Committee






John-James Nicholas (2005 Young Citizen)

John Nicholas

Why John received the award:

  • Well spoken
  • Well mannered and polite
  • CFS cadet
  • Very willing to help anyone at any time
  • Played senior colts football and awarded Best and Fairest Player
  • Captained a football team in Adelaide which won and he was awarded Best on Ground
  • An all round good sportsman




Beth Catford (2004 Citizen of the Year)Beth Catford

Why Beth received the award:

  • Mrs Catford is well known as the Curator of the Yesteryear Costume Gallery, which opened in Orroroo in 1981.  This gallery attracts tourists to Orroroo and showcases clothing ranging from 1830 to present.  Donations given to the gallery are then donated to charities of Mrs Catford's choice.
  • Mrs Catford is or has previously been a member of Red Cross, Country Women's Association, Uniting Church and Ladies Fellowship, Early Settlers Cottage Committee, Tourism Society, Probus Club, Orroroo Historical Society, Community Home Social Committee, Orroroo Bowling Club and is a past Steward of the Orroroo Agricultural Show.



No Awards were presented in 2003


Roger Mortimer (2002 Citizen of the Year)

Why Roger received the award:Roger Mortimer 2002

  • A member of the Orroroo & District Lions Club for 22 years
    - Secretary for 7 years
    - Treasurer for 3 years
    - Also involved in book keeping for annual auctions
  • Secretary for the Orroroo & District St Johns Ambulance Service for 9 years
  • Joined the CFS in 1980, completed Level 1 in 1991 and is still and active member
  • Senior colts manager for a number of years and a main coordinator for many minis carnivals
  • Involved in the Orroroo Swimming Club, with swimming carnivals and Club Treasurer for two years
  • He has also helped in many community organisations eg Orroroo Area School, Motorbike Club, Tennis Club and the Orroroo Bowling Club



Glenda McCallum (2001 Citizen of the Year)


 Why Glenda received the award:Glenda McCallum 2001

  • Secretary of Orroroo Ambulance since it began in 1975
  • Volunteer driver of the Ambulance
  • Secretary/Coach of the Swimming Club 1973-1999
  • Member of the Orroroo Swimming Club
  • Secretary of Frome Welfare Club
  • Secretary of Northern Areas Swimming Club
  • Came to Orroroo in 1973 as a school teacher
  • Carried on the farm after the death of her husband
  • Member and Secretary of Morchard Tennis Club
  • Chairperson of Booleroo High School Council
  • Hosted an Exchange Student
  • First Aid trainer for the BMW Football Team

Desmond Fromm (2000 Citizen of the Year)

Why Desmond received the award:

  • He has held an executive position in all the following clubs and organisations as either Secretary, Chairman or President since 1968
  • President:
    - Pekina Cricket Club
    - Pekina Golf Club
    - Wynflete Agriculture Bureau
    - Orroroo Golf Club
    - Orroroo Bowling Club
    - Orroroo Branch SA Farmers Federation
  • Secretary:
    - Orroroo Area School Council
    - Orroroo Bowling Club
    - Orroroo Lions Club
  • Chairman:
    - District Council of Orroroo
    - District Council of Orroroo/Carrieton
    - Federation of North Eastern Councils
  • Councillor for DC Orroroo and DC Orroroo/Carrieton for 18 years
  • Other organisations:
    - Pekina Centenary Committee
    - Orroroo Cropping Committee
    - Orroroo New Years Eve Committee
  • Justice of the Peace since 1981
  • Orroroo Hospital and Community Home board

Samuel Gibb (2000 Young Citizen)

Why Sam received the award:Samuel Gibb 2000 Young Citizen

  • Joined the St John cadets in 1989 and is till a volunteer for SA Ambulance
  • Ambulance Driving Instructor
  • Member of CFS (doing levels 1 & 2)
  • Holds a certificate in breathing apparatus
  • Currently training officer for Orroroo CFS
  • Active committee member for 1999 New Years Eve Party
  • For past 2 years has supplied Public Address System and music for Australia Day Breakfast
  • Has played music for Lions Club
  • Was on committee supplying Music and Entertainment for the Hogs Head Concert, Pekina
  • At school Sam was an SRC member and also house captain
  • Very successful athlete at school winning many awards
  • Won B grade most improved player 1999 in football
  • Entertains at special events
  • Member of Club 4 Band
  • Formed a band at school and was lead singer
  • Has completed his certificate in Automotive Engineering in which he received a certificate of commendation for being apprecntice for the year in automotives
  • Sam is a polite, well mannered, well behaved, happy go lucky person, living life to the full.
  • Very community spirited and will help anyone at anytime no matter if they are young or old
  • Always finds time to stop and chat which is much appreciated by a lot of people

Robert Wilson (1999 Citizen of the Year)

Why Rob received the award:

  • Is always there when needed
  • Is a good friend
  • Good family man
  • He is involved in:
    - Lions Club
    - Football Club
    - CFS
    - Simming Club
  • Being Orroroo's only electrician means that he works from dawn until dusk but he still finds time for his family
  • he does a lot of community work that goes unnoticed

John Schmidt (1998 Citizen of the Year)

Why John received the award:John Schmidt 1998

  • Always running around to help people when they need something done
  • Is a man that can't say no to people
  • Helps in setting up for things that go on around Orroroo
    - Shows
    - Lions Club
    - CFS
    - Ambulance Service
  • Works Manager at District Council of Orroroo/Carrieton
  • Is a busy man in family life as well as in the community
  • Friendly person

John Cozens (1997 Citizen of the Year)

Why John received the award:John Cozens 1997

  • Is an example for all who know him by his honest and peaceful manner. Also in the interest and help he has given to the affairs of Orroroo and the district, both civil and religious
  • Foundation Member of St. Johns Ambulance since 1975 and 18 years as Superintendent. Estimated that he has been a member for 21 years
  • Ambulance board - member since its inception and vice chariman for a number of years
  • Hospital/Health Board - member since 1980 and vice chairman since 1992
  • The Baptist/Uniting Parish - secretary since 1965, 17 years as Youth Leader for junior youth of the district and is now a Community Pastor
  • Wynflete/Pekina Agricultural Bureau - member for a number of years
  • Foundation member of Rural Youth
  • Orroroo Area School - Agricultural Science Committee for a couple of years and was Chairman of School Chaplaincy Support Group
  • Sports:
    - Orroroo Football Club - was an active member for 21 years; 10 as player, 11 as trainer, including 6 as head trainer and is now a life member of the club
    - previous member of golf club
    - short times in tennis, cricket, rifle, mixed netball and table-tennis clubs
  • Gives so much of his time and efforts to the community
  • Gives his attentino freely and willing to listen to anyone and to help in any way he can


Geoff and Joan Gibb (1996 Citizen of the Year)


Fran Teague (1995 Citizen of the Year)


Joan Ellery (1994 Citizen of the Year)


Betty Cox (1993 Citizen of the Year)


Gerald Kuerschner (1992 Citizen of the Year)


Fay Jansen (1991 Citizen of the Year)
Shane Ogilvy (1991 Young Citizen)


Kevin Ford (1990 Citizen of the Year)


Edna Probert (1989 Citizen of the Year)


Murray Gibb (1988 Citizen of the Year)


Ray McCallum (1987 Citizen of the Year)

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