Twilight delight

Citizen of the Year Sue Smedley with husband Alan and daughter Jacqueline. (Inset) Callum Poke and Jesse Jackson share the honour of being named Young Citizen of the Year. (Inset) Circular Head Garden Club’s Rob Dixon, Daphne Dixon, Christine Medwin, Lynne Bramich, Jenny Newman and Claire Porteus accept the award for Community Event of the Year for October’s Garden Spectacular in Stanley. Pictures: Bodey Dittloff.

Event. Celebrating what it means to be Australian, Monday’s Twilight on the Duck festival had it all.

From zinc-covered faces and thongs to deck-chairs and songs, the annual event drew a vibrant crowd that had its pick of food, drink and entertainment.

As the day’s program unfolded, the Australia Day Award recipients were announced.

Led to the event under false pretenses, Stanley resident Sue Smedley was left speechless when hearing her name called alongside the Citizen of the Year.

In accepting the award, she said: “Anything I do, I do for the love of it, and I really am quite humbled to receive this because there are so many great volunteers in our district.

“I’d like to know the ratio of volunteers – it would be just phenomenal . . . I don’t do things alone, I always have a great team working with me, and they’re all such wonderful people who are passionate about whatever they do.”

Sue’s years of dedication to the community were noted, including her volunteer efforts with the Circular Head Agricultural Show, Stanley Discovery Centre, Stanley Town Hall and Stanley Primary School.

“It would be impossible to list all the things that Sue does to contribute to our community,” Mayor Daryl Quilliam said at the awards ceremony.

“Sue helps out, supports and leads in a number of ways and she has a positive impact right across the community.”

Finding it too difficult to separate the great work being done by two young locals, the Australia Day Awards panel thought it best to reward both, naming Jesse Jackson and Callum Poke as the Young Citizens of the Year.

“Both Callum and Jesse are actively involved with Circular Head Youth Leaders and have achieved amazing things in their lives so far,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“Jesse has overcome a lot of childhood illnesses and years of operations and physiotherapy, but has always remained cheerful and concerned about others.”

Her community involvement includes joining a Relay for Life team since the event’s inception. At school, she held a position on the Student Representative Council and was House Captain.

Among other things, Jesse was also the president of the Smithton Leo Club for two years and continues to be involved the Smithton Lions Club.

She also volunteers with Treasure Chest during the school holidays and at the child care centre.

Not to be outdone, Callum’s resume of community involvement includes holding the title of Circular Head Youth Leaders junior president.

As part of CHYL, he has supported a number of youth projects including a youth mental health campaign, winter drive and youth week activities.

Along with a list of academic achievements, Callum is a talented hockey player – representing Tasmania on five occasions.

As individuals were announced, so too did the day recognise the Community Event of the Year: one which could only have been a success thanks to the combined efforts of many.

Drawing an estimated crowd of 5000, Circular Head Garden Club’s Garden Spectacular at Highfield House proved to be a shining success.

Speaking on behalf of the garden club, Christine Medwin thanked the community for supporting the event.

“The club was very proud to put it on. All in all, it was a very happy day,” she said.

The event was home to high-profile guests, flower displays and cooking, equipment and stonewall demonstrations, as well as stalls from all over Tasmania selling plants, flowers, home cooking, food and beverages.

The event’s worthiness of the award was further proven in the way it involved the community: from pre-school children and schools to service clubs, businesses and individuals – all had a part to play.

The award not only recognised the event’s ability to showcase what Circular Head has to offer, but also how it contributed to the community in the days following, with the committee donating proceeds to local charities.

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