Rochester locals take home Australia Day honours

By Campaspe News

A Facebook administrator and a Rochester Secondary College student were surprised with the top citizens awards at the Rochester’s Australia Day event.

More than 100 locals, 30 vintage cars, four motorbikes and a band turned out in the local park for the free breakfast cooked by the Lions Club and supported by Campaspe Shire.

Jasmin Malham outdid herself by collecting both Rochester Young Citizen and Campaspe Shire overall Young Citizen.

Jasmin was nominated by her principal, Melissa Gould, for tireless work within the school on the student executive.

“Jasmin is very mature, respectful and an excellent role model,” her principal said.

Jasmin has represented her school in debating, cross-country running, and Campaspe Academy of Sport, and was a finalist in the Murray River Culinary Challenge and at Campaspe Shire Young Leaders.

Jasmin said she was not aware of the award's existence before she won it.

“It was actually a big shock and I said to my parents ‘I must be doing something right’,” Jasmin said.

“I didn’t realise how much I actually do until they started listing all the things when I walked up.”

The woman behind the Rochester Community Page on Facebook won Rochester Citizen of the Year.

Nominated by Rochester Community House, Maree Traill started the community page after the 2011 floods and has become the go-to person for local goings on.

Mentioned in appreciation on the day were her efforts during a recent Code Red fire day, where the page was constantly updated.

Between 10 am and 10 pm there were 39 posts relating to the fires in the district, not including replies and private messages.

Maree said the award was a “bit of a shock” and did not want to be interviewed.

“These young girls are worth far more attention than me,” Maree said.