A CROSS-SECTION of events and community groups were rewarded for their efforts as part of this year's Leeton shire Australia Day awards.
The Leeton Community of Public Schools' Shine concerts were named as event of the year and the Leeton Family and Local History Society was rewarded for years of hard work when it was named as organisation of the year.
Parkview Public School principal Travis Irvin accepted the award on behalf of the Leeton Community of Public Schools and said those involved would be excited to hear the news.
"All of our wonderful students and parents that took part in many different roles should be acknowledged for their hard work," he said.
"We have some amazingly talented students and staff that put this all together.
"Hopefully it was a great event for all of those who attended."
The Shine concerts involved hundreds of students from public schools in the shire and were centred on the theme of 100 years of Leeton.
The Leeton Family and Local History Society has had a busy time organising Centenary of Leeton events, with president Wendy Senti, and the crowd gathered at the official ceremony, excited to be rewarded for their efforts.
"Our records have been of assistance to many over the years," she said.
"We are proud of Leeton's history."
Norm Houghton was presented with the Lifelong Citizen award and said he was surprised to be awarded the honour.
"I feel a little bit like I've snuck it in with this one," he said.
"I appreciate the award ... I love this town and the shire."
Bernie Walsh was presented with a one-off, significant individual contribution award, after he sacrificed his property to ensure Yanco and Leeton weren't further inundated with water during last year's floods.
"I had no qualms in doing that, but in saying that it was a sad sight to see the crops filling with all the water," he said.
"However, something drastic had to be done at the time or things could have been a lot worse.
"The good news is we were still able to harvest the corn and the rice."