Council announces Australia Day Award winners

Port Pirie Regional Council has announced the winners of this year's Australia Day Awards, including a well-known community figure and a young gymnast.

These awards will be presented at an invitation-only event held on January 26 in light of Australia Day celebrations being called off because of COVID.

"The Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding contributions to the local community by individuals and an event that has made a significant contribution, both economically and socially, to the region," Council said in a statement.

Port Pirie's Citizen of the Year has been awarded to Elizabeth "Beth" Keane for her contributions to many community events and organisations.

"She is Port Pirie proud and takes every opportunity to contribute to events, groups and individuals," Council said.

"Beth also does the small quiet things to make the world, and more specifically Port Pirie, a better place such as providing respite to carers and sharing her cooking and floral art with bereaved families."

Two Young Citizens of the Year have been named in Ivy Wauchope and Aislynn Everett.

Ms Wauchope has been recognised for her contributions to gymnastics in Port Pirie.

She was the first gymnast from the region to be selected in the state Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team and competed in the 2021 National Championships.

Ms Everett has been involved in the community by volunteering with the St Marks College holiday program.

She has also been involved with both the Port Pirie Youth Theatre and the Southern Flinders Players.

Council has also announced two winners for Community Events of the Year.

The Magpie Warblers have been recognised for their production of Wicked during the pandemic.

Their production was cancelled less than a week out from opening night due to COVID, but the group bounced back to sell out multiple shows.

The Port Pirie Youth Theatre put on Aladdin for the town in similarly difficult circumstances, earning their spot on the winners list.

Council said the 34 kids onstage and the production team bought the magic of Aladdin to life and really gave the community something to enjoy.

"The audience was captivated from beginning to the end," Council said.

Congratulations to all award winners.