Debs, volunteers honoured

YOUNG CITIZEN: Andrew Heath from Lock is Elliston District Council's Young Citizen of the Year.

YOUNG CITIZEN: Andrew Heath from Lock is Elliston District Council's Young Citizen of the Year.

The Elliston District Council has awarded its Australia Day awards for young citizen and citizen of the year and for community event of the year.

CITIZEN: Kym Gillett has had his work in the community recognised, being named Elliston District Council's Citizen of the Year.

CITIZEN: Kym Gillett has had his work in the community recognised, being named Elliston District Council's Citizen of the Year.

Citizen of the Year Award winner Kym Gillett said he was humbled to receive the award. 

Mr Gillett arrived as a child in Elliston in 1963, and his family purchased the iconic Chickerloo property in 1964 - which he still runs with his wife Caroline.

EVENT OF YEAR: The Lock CWA's 70th birthday deb ball has won this year's event of the year award.

EVENT OF YEAR: The Lock CWA's 70th birthday deb ball has won this year's event of the year award.

He has been actively involved in community volunteer work for decades, and most notably across three decades with the SA Ambulance Service, which will award him his 30 Years’ Service medal this year.

Mr Gillett said he thought the awards were an important part of recognising those in the community who worked hard.

“I am looking forward to it (accepting the award) but I prefer people not to make a fuss over me,” Mr Gillett said. 

Mr Gillett said as well as being an SA Ambulance volunteer for 30 years, he was on the hospital board and helped out where he could.

“Whatever is happening around town the Gillett family lends a hand.”

Young Citizen of the Year award recipient Andrew Heath has been recognised for his efforts in volunteering and education.

Mr Heath has stepped into significant leadership roles in his community, especially the Lock Football Club.

He said it was a massive shock to learn he had been chosen for the award. 

“I don’t do anything to get recognition or to get praise, I do what I do for the community,” Mr Heath said. 

He has been entrusted with the role of league delegate for the Lock Football Club, as well as running the social club and recruiting committee.

“I really want to keep the good vibes going around the footy club and get others on board.” 

Elliston’s community event of the year, the Lock Country Women’s Association’s 70th birthday debutante ball, was a huge success last year. 

CWA president Merilyn Kelly said they were excited to receive award. 

“It was a very successful night, there was a lot of community involvement.

“We are all very pleased to receive the award, we could not have done it without the help of parents and community involvement.”

Ms Kelly said the event would not have been successful without the help of local sponsors either.

She said the money raised from the event went back into the community, going to the Lock Institute. 

At the Lock CWA Deb Ball were Alyssa Siebert, Sophie Proctor, Kristy Holman; front: Jessica Hetzel, Maddisen Kammemann, Adelaide Cooper, Gabrielle Cooper, Hannah Zerk, Amy Bohdal and dance instructor Jasmine Piggott.