Meet our award winners

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Meet our award winners


As a volunteer with the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Albury Courthouse, St Matthew's Church and various council roles including Wodonga Children's Fair, Barry was selected for his diligence, dedication and can-do attitude.

Retiring to the region from Melbourne, Barry opted to immerse himself into many roles in the community to build connections after his 'tree change'.

"When we retired and moved into this area, volunteering seemed like a good idea to get involved and meet new friends and that's the way it has turned out," he said.

Gary Mawby was honoured for his work in the Wodonga community, winning The Bryan Watson Individual Volunteer of the Year Award.

Gary has volunteered with FoodShare, a volunteer driver for Community Access and Bonegilla Migrant Experience. He is also an active member of Rotary.

His caring and professional manner as well as his ability to work well in a team were just some of the reasons Gary was nominated.

"I started volunteering in 2011 as a way of giving something back to the community and for the opportunities that volunteering provides," he said.

Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare Volunteer Team has been named of the Volunteer Team of the Year.

The team performs all warehousing and distribution work for the service.

This involves rescuing and transporting food from local donor organisations, operation of the warehouse and transporting food to local food relief agencies and schools.

About 15 volunteers work at FoodShare every day. They provide about 16,000 hours per year, which has been valued at more than $400,000.

Michael Erdeljac

The Two Cities One Community Mayoral Award winner is Cricket Albury Wodonga chairman Michael Erdeljac.


Our Community Strategic Plan defines our Two Cities One Community mission and the long-term goals for our partnership.

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The Two Cities One Community initiative has identified a number of projects on which our Councils can collaborate.

Do you have any suggestions for how we can work closer together? Maybe some ideas for joint projects?

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We will listen to your suggestions and consider each Council's budget and resource capacity when updating the Action Plan.


The Two Cities One Community Action Plan 2017-2021 has been adopted. This Action Plan details our shared long-term goals.