Citizen of the Year awards

2024 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the year Heather Wearne, Mayor Andrea Metcalf and Young Citizen of the Year Montanna Maud
Congratulations to the 2024 City of Greater Bendigo Citizen of the Year Heather Wearne and the Young Citizen of the Year Montanna Maud.
About Heather Wearne

Heather has provided strong community leadership as Chair of the Marong Community Action Group (MCAG) for several years. 

She has long recognised Marong needs to grow sustainably and residents need reasonable access to services close to where they live. 

As new subdivisions are developed, Heather has successfully lobbied organisations including VicRoads and the City of Greater Bendigo for improvements to a range of services and supporting infrastructure.

Together with the MCAG, her latest project is Electrifying Marong, with the aim of developing a plan to transition residents and businesses off gas and onto electricity. Other projects underway include a focus on building community resilience and connectedness.

Heather has consistently demonstrated a long term commitment to community placemaking in Marong and has successfully done this in partnership with local residents, as well as local organisations and government bodies, recognising it takes a true team effort to achieve valuable, long term outcomes.

About Montanna Maud

Montanna has been involved within the Mosquito Creek Rural Fire Brigade for two years and holds the position of 4th Lieutenant. She is involved in the brigade’s open days, First Aid sessions, regular training, meets with visitors and campers around Lake Eppalock to deliver safety messages, and supports the brigade’s social media channels. 

Montanna is a member of the Axedale Quick Shear Committee, which raises funds for local organisations including Axedale Primary School, Axedale Kindergarten, the CFA (Knowsley, Mosquito Creek and Axedale) and others. The Quick Shear is a family fun day featuring sheep shearing, a silent auction, market, kids’ activities and other entertainment. 

As a member of the Elmore Equestrian Club Committee, Montanna also helps run a number of equestrian competitions, including providing opportunities for riders to train and test their skills. 

Montanna is 20 years-old and currently studying psychology at La Trobe University.