Show contributions recognised | 2018 CLEVE AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

AWARD WINNERS: Citizen of the Year Rex Kobelt (centre) with the Cleve Sporting Bodies' Meisha Quinn, Mandy Simes, Billie Richardson and Kelly Richardson.

AWARD WINNERS: Citizen of the Year Rex Kobelt (centre) with the Cleve Sporting Bodies' Meisha Quinn, Mandy Simes, Billie Richardson and Kelly Richardson.

Making his district a better place has been Cleve 2018 Citizen of the Year Rex Kobelt’s inspiration.

Mr Kobelt has contributed to the community in a number of different capacities over the years.

“I like to be involved with anything that provides improvement or betterment to the district,” he said.

Mr Kobelt, who is a retired farmer from Darke Peak, has also been a member of the Cleve Agricultural, Horticultural and Floral Show Society since 1961.

“I first started by helping out with the sheep when there was up to 50 entries and I did that for 56 years,” he said.

Still to this day, he contributes to the society as a handyman and caretaker.

“There were things to do and we just got busy.”

Mr Kobelt said he was surprised to hear he had been named as Cleve’s Citizen of the Year.

“It was a bit of a surprise in some ways but it’s nice to be recognised,” he said.

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Cleve Sporting Bodies' Colour Run's Mandy Simes, Meisha Quinn, Billie Richardson and Kelly Richardson.

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Cleve Sporting Bodies' Colour Run's Mandy Simes, Meisha Quinn, Billie Richardson and Kelly Richardson.

The other Australia Day Award winner is the Cleve Sporting Bodies’ Colour Run, which was held in November.

The run was one of many nominations for Cleve’s 2018 Event of the Year but stood out because it was inclusive and it had a positive effect on the local economy and community, as well as great participation from a variety of groups and demographics.

Run organiser Meisha Quinn said it was very exciting to win the award.

“There were a few community events last year, so it was awesome to be chosen,” Mrs Quinn said.

“Thank you to everyone, sponsors and the wider community who supported the event.”

Originally the Cleve Sporting Bodies was not looking at holding the Colour Run until 2019, however the plan has changed.

“We would like to announce that we will be holding the Colour Run again next year, with the date set for October 13, 2018,” Mrs Quinn said.

The Cleve District Council is holding their Australia Day celebrations at the Cleve Centenary Park, with breakfast starting at 8am, followed by the award presentations at 9am.

The Cleve District Lions Club will also be unveiling its time capsule after the Australia Day ceremonies.

Many families contributed to this time capsule and are encouraged to attend.

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