The Old Bar Rural Fire Service brigade was named Old Bar's citizen of the year at the Australia Day ceremony.
A good crowd turned up at the Old Bar Beach park to celebrate Australia Day this year and to support the Lions Club of Old Bar, the organisers of the event.
Official ceremonies were preceded from 7am by sausage sandwiches and "cockies joy" (damper and syrup) with tea and coffee also.
Very ably guided by MC Mal Ladmore, the event commenced on time and went off without a hitch.
The national anthem was led by Suzie Hignett while the flag was raised. Ian Dimmock gave the Australia Day address and led the crowd in reciting the citizenship affirmation.
Two outgoing Old Bar Public School leaders, Olivia Mather and Chelsea Davies, each gave an address on what being Australian means to them. The feeling was that our future is in good hands with young people like this capable of progressing to other leadership roles in our society.
The ceremony was rounded out by Charmaine Donoghue singing two songs with a distinctly Australian theme, which the crowd was able to join in with.
The final act was for Lion, Ian Hoye, to revealing the Old Bar Citizen of the Year, being the Old Bar Rural Fire Brigade. Many members of the brigade were present and the award was accepted by captain David Brown.