Nyah's Aussie spirit

THONG throwing into a bucket headlined a 'fair dinkum' Australia Day at Nyah, attended by about 150 locals. 

Nyah District Citizen Award recipient Frank Gadsden. Pictures: JADE BATE

Nyah District Citizen Award recipient Frank Gadsden. Pictures: JADE BATE

Former Nyah District Primary School student Adam Lauer was this year's Student Achievement Award recipient.

Former Nyah District Primary School student Adam Lauer was this year's Student Achievement Award recipient.

Nyah Australia Day guest speaker Mia Ebden spoke about her experiences as an immigrant from Holland.

Nyah Australia Day guest speaker Mia Ebden spoke about her experiences as an immigrant from Holland.

Children were encouraged to have a go at throwing thongs into buckets.

Children were encouraged to have a go at throwing thongs into buckets.

Alison Craig was served breakfast by volunteer Sarah Matthews.

Alison Craig was served breakfast by volunteer Sarah Matthews.

The annual Nyah Australia Day breakfast was held at Nyah West Park, providing locals with a hearty barbecue meal of bacon, eggs and sausages.

Organised by the Nyah District Lions Club, along with various community groups and individuals, the celebration went off without a hitch.

To kick off the Australia Day local awards, Swan Hill Rural City Council councillor Bill Moar presented the Student Achievement Award to Adam Lauer of Nyah District Primary School.

Adam was awarded for his flair for digital technologies and always offering to help his teachers and classmates. 

Frank Gadsden was announced as this year's Nyah District Citizen Award recipient, for being a devoted member of the Nyah District community for many decades.

He has worked as the local post office master, devoted himself to his tennis club, volunteered his time as a driver for senior citizens and was involved in organising the local blood bank.

For the last 25 years, Mr Gadsden has been a dedicated ambulance driver, answering emergency calls at all times of the day.

"If you're in a club, you should being doing everything you can to make sure that the club survives," he said. 

"This is a great community and it's up to the young ones to step up and take care of it."

The Nyah District Girl Guides played their part in the event by unfurling the Australian flag, while community members participated in reading the Australia Day affirmation and singing the National Anthem.

For a bit of fun, children were encouraged to have a go at throwing a thong into a bucket.

Nyah District Lions Club president Mia Ebden was the guest speaker for the event.

She spoke about her experiences of emigrating from Holland to Melbourne as a teenager.

"We arrived in Melbourne after a six week journey by boat," Ms Ebden said.

"I had jobs as a domestic, cleaning people's houses because that's what we had to do.

"My family was naturalised after two years so I feel like I'm very Aussie.

"I love this country and wouldn't want to live anywhere else."

Mr Brauer said although attendance numbers were down from previous years, he hoped everyone enjoyed themselves.

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