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YARRAM’S Chelsea Smith and Jeff
Amos were honoured for their services
to the Yarram district community on
Australia Day with Jeff awarded the
Yarram Rotary Club Citizen of the Year
award for his 40 years of community
service and Chelsea named the Young
Citizen of Year in Yarram’s Memorial
Gardens last Thursday.
Jeff came to the area 40 years ago to teach at
Woodside Primary School. Yarram Rotary Club
president Rob Davies outlined his achievements
during those 40 years. “Jeff embraced our com-
munity, he taught at Woodside Primary School
and played and coached at the Woodside Foot-
ball Club. After his time at Woodside primary
he moved into Yarram with his family to teach
at the Yarram Primary School. Jeff was heavily
involved in junior badminton. He joined Yarram
Rotary and became a State board member, he has
been the announcer at the annual Tarra Festival
for many years,” Mr Davies said.
“In 2001 Jeff retired from teaching,” he said.
“In 2000 he took a position on the Welling-
ton Shire advisory committee before taking the
big step and standing for council. He served on
council from 2003 to 2012, during which time
he served as mayor on a couple of occasions.”
In the past few years Jeff has shown his sport-
ing skills as a lawn bowler. He plays Division
One pennant with the Yarram Bowls Club as
well as participating in many of its club events
and plays a big hand in promoting the club at ev-
ery opportunity. His expertise in governance has
Jeff and Chelsea our top Aussies
seen him undertake the role of North Gippsland
Bowls Association secretary. A position he has
now held for many years. Jeff is a member of the
Yarram Country Club Board.
“He is renowned for his passion for giving
children a fair go,” Mr Davies said before pre-
senting the Australia Day award to Jeff.
The award came as a complete surprise to
Jeff, who has always supported the Yarram Ro-
tary Club Australia Day awards and is always
one of the first to congratulate the winner. He was
speechless, but only for a moment.
“Thank you to the Yarram Rotary Club and all
the people of Yarram District who have made me
feel so welcome over 40 years ago,” Jeff said.
He also thanked his wife Glenda before hand-
ing the microphone back to Mr Davies.
Young Citizen of the Year was presented to
local award winning singer and netball umpire,
Mr Davies took great pleasure in announcing
Chelsea as the Yarram Rotary Club’s Young Citi-
zen of the Year.
“Chelsea, at just 18 years of age has achieved
so much, recently winning the Ada Crossley
award at the Yarram Eisteddfod for her sing-
ing. Despite the fact her family home was badly
damaged by fire just hours before she took to the
stage,” Mr Davies said.
“Netball is another big part of Chelsea’s life,
she not only umpires in this district but also trav-
els to other areas including Knox to umpire,” he
“She was named the North Gippsland Umpire
of the Year recently. Chelsea has just completed
Year 12 and during that year was a school sports
house captain and took out the Pierre de Couber-
tin award for excellence in sport.”
A humble and surprised Chelsea thanked ev-
eryone who had supported her over the years es-
pecially her family.
The awards were attended this year by the
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Darren Chester. Mr Chester congratulated both
winners and urged everyone to celebrate Austra-
lia Day. See more page 6.
Citizen award: Jeff Amos was left speechless after he was announced the 2017 Yarram Citi-
zen of the Year at the Yarram Rotary Club Australia Day awards ceremony. Jeff is pictured
being congratulated on his award by wife Glenda, Wellington Shire Councillor Garry Ste-
phens and Federal Member for Gippsland and Minister for Infrastructure Darren Chester.
Young citizen: Yarram’s Chelsea Smith (front right) was named Yarram Young Citizen of
the Year at the 2017 Australia Day celebrations in Yarram hosted by the Yarram Rotary Club.
Chelsea’s family including dad Ernie and mum Alison, brother Hayden and younger sister,
Brooke, Wellington Shire Councillor Garry Stephens and Federal Minister for Infrastructure
and Transport Darren Chester congratulated Chelsea on her award.
Above, Music: sing
up a storm the Tar-
raville Road band
at Port Albert Rut-
ter Park on Austra-
Left, Face paint:
Hannah Radon of
Port Albert has
her face painted
by Kim at Port
True Aussie: Rose Morley enjoyed Australia
Day at McLoughlins Beach community bar-
becue and flag raising ceremony.
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