Australia Day Awards20 Jan. 2021
We’re proud to recognise our 2021 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award winners, who have gone above and beyond in their service to our community.
Citizen of the Year
Described as “gracious, kind and caring”, Citizen of the Year Dr Bill Gransbury is a passionate advocate for community health and the wellbeing of others.
During a 30-plus year career as trusted GP and partner of Angaston Medical Centre and into retirement, Dr Gransbury has played an integral role in mental health advocacy initiatives. He spearheaded Steps to Better Health, a health directory and online diagnosis tool now used across Australia to support people to take affirmative action for positive health outcomes.
Dr Gransbury was also instrumental in developing the Barossa Cares website as a community-led response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
A keen heritage enthusiast, Dr Gransbury is synonymous with heritage preservation in Angaston and the wider Barossa, and is a passionate supporter of Angaston Football Club as club doctor, committee member and grassroots supporter.
Dr Gransbury is known for going about community projects quietly but with a strong sense of purpose, and is highly regarded across the health and community sectors as “a great community man”.
Young Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year Tia Atze is a leader across all aspects of her volunteering, from the classroom at Nuriootpa High School to the fireground of a bushfire.
The 16-year-old is a valued member of her local CFS, recently joining emergency efforts with the strike team dispatched to Coonalpyn.
As a member of the Barossa’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), Tia has championed the voice of youth in the wider community and supported a variety of local events.
She is described by community leaders as bright and capable, a team player and a natural leader.
Community Event of the Year
The 100 Barossa Artists and 10 Barossa Digital Artists events shone a spotlight on community art and reinvigorated the local art landscape as a positive response to Covid-19.
Held during SALA, it culminated in a book featuring over 100 self-portraits by community artists as a tangible and ongoing reminder of the importance of the arts to local communities.
This was complemented by 10 Barossa Digital Artists, projecting art on the main street windows and walls of almost 20 Tanunda venues across six nights. With many shops empty or impacted by Covid-19, the events provided business and community connection at a time when it was most needed.
Collectively the events “shone a light on a dark year”, highlighting the value of community and artistic collaboration in the Barossa community.
Community Project of the Year
As a community-led response to Covid-19, the Barossa Cares website connected vulnerable community members with services most needed during the crisis.
The project provided a ‘one stop shop’ for people to access practical support and services, and receive “connectivity and kindness.”
The project was collaborative in every sense, drawing on the services of The Barossa Council, Southern Barossa Alliance, Tourism Barossa, Feros Care and RDA Barossa.
The website gave people peace of mind they were accessing reliable and qualified service providers and support organisations. It also connected volunteers with existing organisations requiring additional volunteers to deliver support or services to those in need.
The website highlighted the region’s sense of community spirit, and continues to evolve in response to ongoing demand.