Lock celebrates Australia Day

THE Elliston District Council held its 2015 Australia Day celebrations in Lock at the Lock Community Park.

The Lock and District Services (LADS) started the morning off cooking breakfast for the community and councillor Creagh McGlasson welcomed the 80 people in attendance.

Acting chief executive officer George Karzis and chairman Kym Calaghan presented the 2015 citizen of the year award to Kingsley Holman, followed with the presentation of the 2015 community event of the year to the Lock Centenary Celebration Centenary Committee chairman Leon Hurrell and committee.

Australia Day Ambassador Samela Harris, who was the first woman employed to work full-time on the news floor and the first woman Australian Rules Football columnist in Australia, spoke on country communities and their difference to the city.

"Lock is a classic Aussie town, a place where city slickers could breathe easily, and the difference between the country and the city was that in the country everyone knows each other, knows each others name and they volunteer," she said.

Also attending the presentation was Jeff Arnim and Kristen Waddell, who were travelling through Lock on push bikes.

They originally started from Portland, Oregon, where they cycled to Los Angeles then flew to New Zealand, staying two months cycling around before flying to Sydney in December.

They have since been cycling every day since, riding up to 100km a day.

After the ceremony everyone was invited to the Lock museum to have a look through and then on to the Lock School Community Library for lunch.