Dr Michael Kerrigan (Meningie) Citizen of the Year
Michael dedicates his life to the wellbeing of the Meningie Hospital and the health of the community.
He is on call 24 hours of the day, seven days a week, and is a dedicated and inspirational community member.
He is the past president of the Meningie Progress Association and a member of the Murray Mallee General Practice Network as well as
being Meningie’s general medical practitioner. “It is obvious Michael is well - loved by the community ... the town has a thriving hospital, thanks to Dr Kerrigan.”
Graham Wright (Meningie) – Citizen of the Year
The whole Meningie community has been impacted by the spread of Graham’s activities. He plays an active role in many community organisations and solely undertakes unseen tasks such as daily cleaning of the Lions Park barbecues, picking up rubbish, weeding and being a general “Mr Fix - It” and community restorer.
His efforts have inspired his own family and spearheaded many restoration projects in Meningie. He has been a member of
the Meningie Lions Club, Agricultural Bureau, Sailing Club, Friends of Meningie Group, Museum, Lions Club representative on the Progress Association, Driver Reviver and Coorong Mechanical Restoration Club. “Receiving three nominations in the same year speaks volumes for Graham’s value to the community.”
Meningie & District Lions Club Walking Trail – Community Project of the Year The Meningie Lions Club have been very deliberate in their construction of the trail, ranging from consultation with stakeholders to end users of the trail. What was once a boxthorn and feral pine ridden area has now been transformed into a flourishing trail.
The Meningie Lions Club have undertaken all of the work in their own time and at their members’ own expense.
The total volunteer hours (298 to date) are overwhelming.
“Meningie Lions have successfully juggled this project amongst their bi - monthly meetings and other chartered works.”
Rexley (Ian) Qualmann (Meningie) – Mayor’s Award
Ian is a valued member of the Meningie community.
His constant dedication to volunteering has been an inspiration to all and his contribution continues to be recognised.
He has spent countless hours working with a wide range of community groups since the late 1960s including the Meningie CFS, St John Ambulance, Meningie Airport/Landing Strip, Scout Association of Australia, Masonic Lodge, Lake Albert Golf Club, Meningie Football Club, Sailing Club, Agricultural Bureau, Progress
Association, Lions Club, RSL and Bowling Club as well as the local community landscaping committee.
He has been a quiet achiever juggling full - time work and then retirement with his community commitments.
“Ian is the epitome of what it means to be an Australian.