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Local Legends Recognised with Citizens of the Year Awards

January 23, 2023 12:56 pm in by
 
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Bendigo’s most generous and giving local citizens have been recognised with Citizen of the Year awards on Monday morning.
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Huntly’s Trevor Strauch has been recognised as Bendigo’s 2023 Citizen of the Year.
 
Strauch is a life member at the Huntly Fire Brigade, a recipient of the National Emergency Award, a 13-year member of the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group, and even carried the 2000 Olympic torch. 
 
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Meanwhile, two Young Citizens of the Year received awards this year. 
 
Firstly, 18-year-old proud Torres Strait Islander, Amelia Leach-Unmeopa. 
 
Leach-Unmeopa has advocated for better educational opportunities for Indigenous Australians and last year won Zonta Bendigo’s inaugural Indigenous Women and Girls Achievement Award in recognition of her volunteer work. 
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Secondly, 21-year-old Mitchell Graham, president of the Empowering Eaglehawk organisation.
 
Graham has also been involved with many sporting organisations, such as the Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association and the Eaglehawk Athletic Club.
 
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In addition, Mr Graham is the Eaglehawk Citizen of the Year winner. 
 
Image: From left: Mitchell Graham, Trevor Strauch and Amelia Leach-Unmeopa, Supplied.  
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