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Moira Citizen honours for Des O'Meara

Published 26/01/2012

Yarrawonga’s Des O’Meara was announced as Moira Shire’s 2012 Citizen of the Year at last Thursday’s Australia Day Awards held in Numurkah.

Visibly overwhelmed, Mr O’Meara paid tribute to his fellow nominees and said it was an honour to be included in this group “of fantastic people who have given millions of hours of volunteer work for their communities”.

Mr O’Meara has been an active voluntary member of the community for more than 30 years. He joined the SES in 1988 and became Controller in charge of the unit and responsible for 16 emergency service personnel in 1993.

The last 12 months were extremely busy for the SES Yarrawonga Unit with floods in September 2010, December 210 and February 2011.

Yarrawonga is regarded by many high-level SES personnel as one of the best SES facilities in country Victoria and Mr O’Meara continually seeks ways to further improve the unit’s resources.

In addition, Mr O’Meara is the treasurer of the Yarrawonga/Mulwala RSL sub-branch, Cobram/Yarrawonga Legacy Group and the Mulwala Elderly Citizens Village Corporation.He is also the director of the lake Mulwala Sports Club.

“I would like to thank my wife, Helen, without whom I would not be able to do the things I do. I have a good unit in SES Yarrawonga, all the boys work tirelessly. In fact earlier this afternoon we were called out to an accident, it never stops. Last year the floods were terrible and a lot of work was required but this year the weather has been good. I was proud to be nominated and I am very happy to accept this award.”

Moira Shire Mayor Alex Monk said the awards night was about recognising and honouring people’s achievements and contributions to Moira Shire, its social character and identity.

“We celebrate, acknowledge and pay tribute to individuals and communities for the effort undertaken toward making our municipality such a great place to live, work and invest in,” Cr Monk said.

“Council received 37 nominations for individuals and committees who had volunteered their time to make a difference in our community. It makes me very proud to stand here and see what type of fantastic people we have in Moira Shire.”

Fiona Black 2012, 'Moira Citizen honours for Des O'Meara', Yarrawonga Chronicle, 25 January, p. 3.