Councillors' views - Kathleen Allen

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City Limits Magazine Issue 45 April 2014 Front Cover

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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The year got off to a great start in January with Australia Day celebrations featuring a citizenship ceremony and the naming of Marion’s Citizen of the Year.

Congratulations to the winners, who were: Citizen of the Year – Maria Macalalad, Young Citizen of the Year – Blake Derer and Community Event of the Year – Welcome to Australia. It was a wonderful celebration at Hazelmere Reserve. I would like to welcome the new citizens and congratulate everyone nominated for an award.

The awards highlighted the wonderful work done by volunteers throughout the City of Marion and there are countless others who work tirelessly, and we are always grateful for their willing contributions.

I am very proud that our, Mayor Dr Felicity-ann Lewis, was named 2014 Australian of the Year for South Australia for her dedicated work on behalf of the community. She went to Canberra to join other nominees to hear the announcement of who would be named Australian of the Year. The title, as we know, was awarded to Adam Goodes. It was a great achievement for Mayor Lewis to be amongst the national nominees.

The Mayor’s success was celebrated at Marion Cultural Centre in February. It was a privilege to share her joy with her many friends and colleagues who had travelled from throughout South Australia to celebrate with her. I spoke with many of them, and they all expressed how deserving she was to be acknowledged at the highest level.

Councillor Kathleen Allen