Cowell names Australia Day winners

Well-respected community members and a major centenary celebration will be celebrated this weekend in Cowell as the district marks Australia Day.

TOP CITIZENS: Citizen of the Year Tony 'Jack' Kaden and Young Citizen of the Year Declan Crabb.

TOP CITIZENS: Citizen of the Year Tony 'Jack' Kaden and Young Citizen of the Year Declan Crabb.

The Franklin Harbour District Council have announced their 2019 citizenship awards, with long-standing volunteer Tony 'Jack' Kaden named Citizen of the Year, Declan Crabb awarded Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the Year going to the Cowell RSL centenary.

Mr Kaden has an impressive resume of community work, starting out in Rural Youth and moving through service groups throughout his life in the town as well as serving over a decade as a local councillor, which he said gave him an insight into the capabilities of local government.

He said volunteering was a priority for him because it was essential to keep the community going, from emergency responders to volunteers in local sport.

"You can't rely on the government to do everything in country towns," he said.

"It's always been a good social outlet too."

He said he was honoured to win the award with so many community members doing so much for the town.

"It's a terrific little town and I think we've got a bright future."

Young citizen Declan Crabb is well known in the community for his friendly and helpful nature, performing acts of kindness for people of all ages.

Mr Crabb said he was happy to be seen as friendly and helpful as he had been raised to help out in the community wherever he could.

"I'm always trying to be friendly to everyone I see, trying to help."

The only Year 12 at the Cowell Area School in 2019, he said he had enjoyed being a part of the tight-knit school community and had benefited from the tailored education and additional time with teachers.

As a trainer for the local football team and secretary of the tennis club, he said he was grateful his community gave him the opportunity to step up as a volunteer despite his young age.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Max and Sue Grund, Andrew Schutz, Vicki and Rob McFarlane and Bob Schultz of the Cowell RSL.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Max and Sue Grund, Andrew Schutz, Vicki and Rob McFarlane and Bob Schultz of the Cowell RSL.

Much of the community was involved in marking 100 years of the Cowell RSL across a gala dinner and ANZAC Day celebrations.

Following a well-attended dawn service, the RSL was recognised with a Royal Australian Air Force flyover and light horsemen visiting for the occasion.

The Cowell Football and Netball Club joined in with its ANZAC Day season opener.

The gala dinner packed out the Cowell Institute with locals and visitors alike, including Governor Hieu Van Le.

The Cowell Area School contributed to the event, displaying school projects on local service people.