STAWELL - Graeme Anyon has been awarded this year's Stawell Citizen of the Year at the Northern Grampians Shire presentation ceremony held on Australia Day.
Mr Anyon has worked tirelessly for many years, on his own projects and those of others, to bring people together, raise Stawell's profile in the broader community and benefit numerous organisations and causes within the area.
Some of those beneficiaries include the Stawell Chaplaincy Committee, Stawell Athletic Club, the Community Car and Stawell Interchurch Council.
In 2011, Mr Anyon was involved in the conception of the Grampians Wildflower Bike Ride to promote a healthy lifestyle and bring people to Stawell during the spring.
The ride is now in its third year and Mr Anyon is an active member of the small committee that has seen the event continue to grow in strength.
Last year, Mr Anyon recognised the benefit of a festival to bring people to Stawell over the Melbourne Cup weekend, and hopes the Beatles concert he organised will be a prelude to a similar event over the full holiday weekend in the future.
Graeme's other significant contributions and achievements include:
Campaigning and fundraising to keep the Stawell Gift in town.
Successfully applying to have the 59th Australian Jazz Festival held in Stawell.
Jointly organising the Stawell High and Technical School reunion.
Helping establish the Stawell Lamington Festival.
Helping organise a street festival to welcome in the new millennium.
Fundraising for the Stawell Chaplaincy Committee.
Serving as a Stawell town councillor from 1990 to 1994.
Being awarded a life member of the Stawell Harness Club.
Volunteering to erect sponsorship signage around Central Park prior to each Stawell Gift.