Australia Day | PHOTOS

Franklin Harbour

The Franklin Harbour district annual Australia Day breakfast began bright and early at the Lions park on the Cowell foreshore.

About 150-200 members of the community gathered to mark the occasion in perfect weather conditions for the festivities.

Attendees enjoyed a barbecue breakfast before settling in for the citizenship award presentations.

Long time volunteer Tony 'Jack Kaden was recognised for his service to the community, accepting the Citizen of the Year award.

The Young Citizen of the Year award was presented to Declan Crabb who was recognised for his community spirit.

Cowell RSL President Robert McFarlane accepted the Community Event of the Year award on behalf of the group for its celebrations commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2019.

The awards were presented by mayor Robert Walsh and Australia Day ambassador Bruce Mellett, a former journalist and current regional development manager.

Mr Mellett also spoke at the event about his past, while also reflecting on the meaning of Australia Day celebrations.

He spoke about the importance of the discussion around Australia Day and highlighted that debate is a healthy part of the country's society.

Pictured are citizenship award winners Tony 'Jack' Kaden, Declan Crabb and Robert McFarlane of the Cowell RSL.

Cleve

It was a cool morning in the Centenary Park in Cleve as locals gathered for the Australia Day Breakfast.

The Cleve Lions had the barbecue fired up with eggs, bacon, toast and sausages attracting a crowd.

The community settled in under the trees for the official presentation despite a light drizzle coming and going throughout the morning.

Australia Day ambassador Francene Connor visited for the day, and gave a talk reflecting on the meaning of the day, the importance of volunteerism and her experiences working in marketing and tourism across significant groups and events in South Australia and beyond over her career.

Ms Connor presented the district's two citizenship awards for the year.

Representatives from the Cleve Area School accepted the Community Event of the Year Award for the school's 70th anniversary celebrations.

Principal Ray Marino praised the support the school received from all areas of the community.

Citizen of the Year Don Smith took the opportunity to praise volunteers across the Cleve community, from emergency responders to sporting club volunteers.

Pictured are Citizen of the Year award winner Don Smith (third from left) and Australia Day ambassador Francene Connor (right) with Ros Elson, Deb Taheny, Meredith Ramsey and Ray Marino from the Cleve Area School, which won Community Event of the Year.

Kimba

A strong crowd gathered at the Lions Apex Park in Kimba for the annual Australia Day breakfast, with perfect weather greeting the community.

The Kimba District Council put on a barbecue for the occasion, with staff, Australia Day committee members and councillors pitching in the cook breakfast for the attendees, followed by an Australia Day celebratory cake.

The Australia Day festivities included a musical performance from Kimba's Sing Australia group who led the crowd in the national anthem.

Four citizenship awards were presented during the festivities, with 2019 Citizen of the Year Robert 'Bob' Guidera presented with his award by Kimba mayor Dean Johnson for his long-standing volunteerism.

Ashleigh Inglis was presented with the Young Citizen of the Year award.

The Kimba Art Prize committee were recognised for the 2019 prize and exhibition, two years after taking out the award for their previous biennial event.

Well-respected owners of the local post office Ruth and Trevor Davids were presented with an Outstanding Achievement award for their service to the community.

Pictured are mayor Dean Johnson, Outstanding Achievement award winners Trevor and Ruth Davids, Citizen of the Year Robert Guidera, Young Citizen of the Year Ashleigh Inglis and Kimba Art Prize committee members Teresa Ramset, Pat Beinke, Heather Baldock, Barb Woolford and Maree Barford.