Ceduna's Citizen of the Year taking after her mother

Janet Jacobsen has followed in her mother’s footsteps to be named Citizen of the Year as part of the Ceduna District Council’s Australia Day 2018 awards, while Marilyn’s Country Music Muster was named Community Event of the Year.

Mrs Jacobsen has been an integral part of the Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary for the past 15 years and has been instrumental in fundraising activities which has gone towards the renovation and upgrade of Ceduna’s Senior Citizens Village.

She said being named Citizen of the Year was an honour and reflected on what the group had achieved at the Senior Citizens Village.

“I was very surprised about the award, but thrilled the Auxiliary has achieved what we set out to achieve,” she said.

I’ve been proud to be part of this dedicated team of volunteers, who strive to improve the lives of those who require full-time care.”

Mrs Jacobsen said her passion drives her desire to be involved with the Auxiliary, which has led to her being named Citizen of the Year three decades after her mother, Roma Trowbridge.

“I’m passionate for the cause we do and the lives we enhance,” she said.

“When I put my teeth into something I like to achieve and not just coast along.

“My mother in 1987 was also named Citizen of the Year and so I am very chuffed that I can follow in her footsteps.”

The Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary has been involved in the upgrade of facilities at the centre, including the upgrade of bedrooms and bathrooms.

Mrs Jacobsen, who lives in Ceduna with her husband and when not at the Village is looking after her five grandsons, said she was “delighted” to have been a driving force behind the fundraising for the upgrades, but there was more work to do.

“We now know those existing rooms served the community for 47 years and we want the new rooms to do the same,” she said.

“I won’t leave the ship yet as we have more goals to achieve and we’ll do that through fundraising and community support.”

We now know those existing rooms served the community for 47 years and we want the new rooms to do the same.

Citizen of the Year Janet Jacobsen

Community Event of the Year Marilyn’s Country Music Muster was hosted at Smoky Bay for the 10th and final time last September.

Founder Marilyn Sullivan said it was a “nice feeling” to be recognised for a decade’s worth of effort put into hosting the Muster, one of the biggest events on the Smoky Bay calendar.

“I was shocked to find out about the award, but it is a nice feeling to know that the team’s work over the last 10 years had been acknowledged and was appreciated,” she said.

It raised $105,000 across the decade, money which has been used to contribute to the Smoky Bay community, including to upgrading the jetty.

Mrs Sullivan said the Muster, which was also the recipient of this award in 2010, was founded as a way to bring entertainment to the town.

“We had droughts around that time and morale was low, while I had lost my husband a few years earlier and had travelled around with a country music singer,” she said.

“I was telling people about where I had been and was missing the music, so I thought to bring the music to Smoky Bay – there’s not much live music, so we brought the entertainment here.

“The community got behind it, especially last year once we announced it was the final edition.”

Mrs Sullivan said she did not want the 2017 edition to the be the last, but deteriorating health forced her to stop the Muster.

“I didn’t want to stop, but my health is failing fast,” she said.

“I’d still do it if I could and it is a shame that we had to stop, but I am restricted in what I can do these days because of my illness.”

She said putting together the event was only possible because of the work of the team involved.

“I had a good team to help, yes it was my idea, but everybody played their part,” she said.

“I am grateful and happy to know it was appreciated and honoured to have been part of it.”

The Australia Day ceremony will take place on the lawns outside the Ceduna Sailing Club from 8am, with journalist and critic Samela Harris present as the Australia Day ambassador.

A free community breakfast in the Sailing Club will be held following the ceremony.