Helping community in Allchurch's blood

AWARD: Dave Allchurch, pictured with his wife Julie, is the Elliston District Council's Citizen of the Year. Picture: Supplied
AWARD: Dave Allchurch, pictured with his wife Julie, is the Elliston District Council's Citizen of the Year. Picture: Supplied

Reliable, patient and selfless is how Elliston District Council's Citizen of the Year Dave Allchurch was described by the person who nominated him.

Mr Allchurch and his wife Julie moved to Elliston about 25 years ago, and he said from day one they had been involved in the community.

Mr Allchurch was a member and volunteer of the Elliston CFS for 20 years, he volunteers at the visitor information centre and has been a committee member for more than 10 years and has been a member, volunteer and chairman of the Elliston Progress and Tourism Association for five years.

He also spent six years helping to bring the Sculptures on the Cliffs festivals to fruition and spent countless volunteer hours on the Trudinger Playground upgrade and the Elliston netball/tennis courts.

Recently he has also volunteered as a driver for Mid West Health assisting patients to medical appointments.

Mr Allchurch said he was excited about getting the award but the phone call did come as a shock.

"It's a pleasure to receive the award and I appreciate people respecting me and what I've done," he said.

"A lot of people say 'why don't other people volunteer?' but it's got to be in your blood - you can't make people volunteer."

Mr Allchurch said he and his wife loved helping and supporting people.

He said as in any small community there were ups and downs but he always "got on with the job".

Mr Allchurch said volunteering and helping the community was "good for the soul".

"I would like the thank the community for what they have done for Julie and I, for accepting us. I appreciate and thank the community for that," he said.

"Thank you also to the person who nominated me and the community for the support I've had, for the calls and for congratulations."

The Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Lock Bike SA Event which saw the community welcome and cater for more than 200 cyclists and staff during their six-day tour of the Eyre Peninsula.