Southern Mallee's Australia Day Awards given to Muriel, Andrew

Andrew Grieger.

Andrew Grieger.

The Lameroo and Pinnaroo Lions Clubs have announced their towns' Citizen of the Year award winners, with Muriel Knutsen and Andrew Grieger taking home the main awards.

Muriel, who received the Pinnaroo award, is a community person; while she does a lot of work with the CWA, she is also a supporter of the Lutheran Church, Christmas Tree Festival, Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre, Thrift Shop, Red Cross, and Pinnaroo Over 50s.

Andrew received the Lameroo award for his service to the town and wider district. He recently finished his tenure as Southern Mallee District Council mayor but remains a councillor, and he has served through various sporting, community and school activities.

Pinnaroo's event of the year was the Great Easter Egg Hunt, put together by Pastor Dan Rooney and wife Helen.

With no church services to be held over Easter due to COVID-19, the pair set up a contactless egg hunt. Photo clues of locations in and around Pinnaroo were sent to participants' phones, and a code word was found at each site which helped form an Easter phrase.

At Lameroo, the local CWA was given an award to recognise its 80 years of continual community service. Ellan Hyman accepted the award on behalf of the branch and thanked all who had been involved in the group, including the women who started it eight decades ago.

Geranium held its annual Australia Day event at the pool, where locals gathered on a day of great weather.

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