ARARAT - Ararat Rural City Council presented the prestigious Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award to passionate live music advocate David Nicholson.
Mayor Cr Paul Hooper said the successful nomination for the Citizen of the Year Award went to a very special resident of the municipality for his outstanding commitment to the community over many years.
"Dave is a dedicated person who is passionate about the local music scene and has lived in Ararat all his life," Cr Hooper said.
"A self taught musician he is a dedicated community member and the driving force behind a local music event held at Moyston - Moyston Live," Cr Hooper said.
Mr Nicholson was also the instigator of the popular Ararat Live, a not for profit group which brings live music to Ararat on a regular basis.
"Dave has contributed enormously to the cultural life of Ararat and continues to be a well known ambassador for this town," Cr Hooper said.
Cr Hooper presented Mr Nicholson with a certificate and offered his congratulations, telling the large crowd in Alexandra Gardens that he was a worthy recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.