Creative collaborations have featured in this year’s Australia Day awards, recognising local leadership and vision that leaves a lasting legacy. Regional Arts Victoria congratulates the Small Town Transformations project teams from Dookie and Ouyen for their awards.
The Dookie Earthed Small Town Transformations project received two Australia Day awards including the ‘Best Event in Dookie’ and the Greater Shepparton City Council Award for ‘Best Event in the Greater Shepparton Area’. Both these awards are nominated by residents of the community, which speaks volumes for the strong local recognition of their excellent collaborations.
In Ouyen the Mallee Up In Lights Small Town Transformations Project was nominated by the Mallee community and won Community Event Of The Year. Alongside this honour, Project Management Committee participant Thomas Patching received an Ouyen Lions Club Junior Citizenship Award for his contribution to Ouyen over the past year. Thomas has also been selected to participate in Regional Arts Victoria’s Creative Leadership Program, whose participation is almost as highly competitive as Small Town Transformations had been.