Fresh off the Spirit of Tasmania Thursday morning, the Ward family from Perth, WA, chose Greens Beach for their Australia Day bash.
They even built a map of their four-month tour across Australia in the sand.
There were plenty of activities across the region, at Greens Beach, Gravelly Beach and in between. It followed a night of awards, where Joan Walters took home the Citizen of the Year title in the blue riband category.
The organising committee of the Clarence Point Memorial Avenue won the 2017 Event of the Year for its memorial avenue revival. And Peter Cundall AM was presented the Mayor’s Award by Cr Christina Holmdahl for his contribution to conservation and the promotion of Tasmania’s natural environment.
Ms Walters was honoured for her work as longstanding president of West Tamar community service organisation Point of WoMen, and her role at the 2016 Tamar Valley Writers Festival at Beaconsfield.
Point of WoMen was set up in the community as a networking group that raised money for community repairs. It also offered financial scholarships for education.
“We use markets and fundraisers to raise money for those who can’t afford education,” Ms Walters said. “We have bursaries at UTAS and we’ve also funded people at TAFE and high school.”