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Pat is Toolamba’s top citizen

By James Bennett

Pat Patt is described as a behind-the-scenes achiever — which is why she was in shock her name was announced today as Toolamba's Citizen of the Year.

The Toolamba Lions and Toolamba CWA Wrens member has been helping with publicity to make sure the two clubs remain in the spotlight within Greater Shepparton.

She was "gobsmacked" at being named Toolamba's Citizen of the Year.

“I never take the lead with these sorts of things,” she said.

“I just tag along and do whatever bit is needed. This is such an active community so it's given me the opportunity to be involved with it.

“Thank you to all the people who run the organisations in Toolamba.”

Toolamba residents filled the recreation reserve hall for the Australia Day celebrations.

Sally Moseley emceed the event, while 2015 Toolamba Young Citizen of the Year and Greater Shepparton City Councillor Dinny Adem reflected on Australia's freedom of beliefs and multiculturalism.

Toolamba Senior Citizen of the Year was Heather Mulcahy.

The "energetic leader" has been the Toolamba Lions president for the past two years and is a positive role model for younger resident.

One of the highlights in Toolamba last year was the first ever town clean-up day, co-ordinated by Mrs Mulcahy.

The day saw the town's residents come together to remove rubbish from the surrounding highways, forest and river.

It will not be long before Reeve Evans becomes a household name in the Goulburn Valley based on his athletics achievements.

This year's Toolamba Young Citizen of the Year has competed at state levels for athletics and won numerous awards with Shepparton Little Athletics.

One of the best ways to wind down the year is a trip to the Carols in the Park at Toolamba; now award winning.

The event drew most of the town to the school and recreation reserve.

Andrea Pogue couldn't be in Toolamba today to accept the Community Service of the Year, due to other commitments in Geelong.

Mrs Pogue is the chair of the Toolamba Steering Committee, a member of Toolamba Lions and Greater Shepparton Women's Charter Advisory Committee and CWA vice-president.

But she also is one of the best chefs at the Tatura Netball Club and is known for co-ordinating the Toolamba Christmas decorations.

Mrs Pogue sent a message of thanks to the community for the award.