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AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS
By Melissa Keogh
Frank Jacob can work a pair of
blade shears better than most but the
secret to success, he says, is passion
and a little bit of elbow grease.
Mr Jacob, 73, has spent years
professionally shearing sheep and goats
on farms across the Hills ... in addition
to helping make his community a better
Now his generous efforts have paid
off after being named the Mt Barker
Council’s Citizen of the Year, an
achievement he admitted made him feel
a little “nervous”.
“I don’t do things for accolades, I do it
for the love of helping people,” he said.
Mr Jacob first moved to Littlehampton
from Parilla in the Murray Mallee in
He was a dairy farmer until 1972 when
the construction of the South Eastern
Freeway “chopped our property in half.”
He then took up sheep shearing as a
hobby and before long spent 20 years
shearing angora goats and becoming a
qualified wool classer.
Mr Jacob often impressed people with
his knack for using blade shears in favor
of electric tools.
As life member and president of the Mt
Barker Show Society, he ran shearing
demonstrations at many country shows.
“To be a good shearer you have to think
like a sheep, so they’ll respond to what
you want them to do,” he said.
“Animals are very intelligent and they
leave humans for dead to be honest.”
The great grandfather-of-five was also
a keen football player, regularly taking
to the field until the age of 50.
Seeing the need for greater sporting
facilities outside of Mt Barker, Mr Jacob
helped establish the first working group
to create Anembo Park.
“It was nearly sold to a service station
and we had to fight like hell to keep it as
a sporting venue,” he said. “It took years.
“Now when I see all the teams playing
on a Friday night it’s a pretty big buzz.
“The best part about volunteering is
seeing the results.”
Mr Jacob also has a long history with the
Littlehampton Hall and is still president
of its committee and an advocate for its
popular monthly dance.
“We were always fundraising for the
hall so we could upgrade the toilets, and
we still haven’t got there yet,” he said.
“I’ve just launched the program for
the hall’s 100th anniversary in 2019, so
we’ve got three years to make it happen.”
Mr Jacob said freely giving time to his
community had become a passion.
“I always give things my best shot
because you have to enjoy what you’re
doing and have passion, otherwise you
end up losing,” he said.
Expert shearer Frank Jacob is the Mt Barker Council’s Citizen of the Year.
Macclesfield Community Association vice
president Kylie Brunner has much to celebrate
this year following the recent opening of her
town’s skate park in which she fought hard to
bring to fruitian.
Now she can add another success to her list
after taking the Mayor’s Acknowledgement
Award at the Mt Barker Council’s Australia
Ms Brunner was commended for her
community leadership and organisational
skills, put into practice during her advocacy of
youth issues in Macclesfield.
In addition to being a prime supporter of the
skate park, she also leads the Families and
Children sub-committee, ensuring Macclesfied
youth are well heard in their community.
Ms Brunner is also famous for her popular
cupcake van, which has raised significant
funds at various town events.
Community Event of the Year
A three day Christmas event emulating the
atmosphere of traditional European markets
has taken out the Mt Barker Council’s
Community Event of the Year.
The 2015 Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt
generated $900,000 in economic return and
attracted 25,000 people over three days in
December last year.
The event is in its third year and was deemed
a huge success by its organisers, members of
the C3 Church.
The market included nativity plays,
Christmas carols, fairy lights and music
and Hahndorf traders ran their own late
night shopping campaign on the Friday and
The following people were also acknowledged
by the Australia Day Awards Panel for their
significant contribution to the Mt Barker
FOR THE SHEAR LOVE OF IT
I don’t do things for accolades, I do
it for the love of helping people
– Mt Barker Council Citizen of the Year, Frank Jacob
MAYOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AWARD
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