27 November 2014
Kristian Whitaker, STARCLUB Sports and Recreation Officer representing the Yorke Peninsula since 2012, was awarded the Regional Employee of the year for 2014, proving that STARCLUB is setting the bar high statewide.
Each year Regional Development Australia hosts the Celebration of Employment Awards to recognise organisations and individuals who are leaders in training and employment within four local council areas: Wakefield Regional Council, District Council of the Copper Coast, Yorke Peninsula Council and the District Council of Barunga West.
The 2014 Yorke Peninsula Celebration of Employment Awards ceremony was held on Saturday, October 18 in Bute.
The STARCLUB Field Officer Program is a partnership between the South Australian Office for Recreation and Sport, and regional councils, health services and community organisations. The Field Officers work with sport and active recreation communities to help them develop and prosper.
"The award shows that the program run by the Office for Recreation and Sport and delivered by STARCLUB field officers is thriving and is well received within the communities,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker travels anywhere between 500kms and 800kms on any given week, making sure he assists all four councils.
"Working as a STARCLUB Field Officer allows me to capitalise on joint resources from the Office for Recreation and Sport and the four councils, culminating to the overall success of the STARCLUB program,” he said.
With the STARCLUB Field Officer Program just about to enter the final year of its Strategic Plan 2012–2015, Whitaker is keen for the funding cycle to be given another three-year term.
"I am keen for the STARCLUB Field Officer Program to continue and be funded for the foreseeable future,' he said. "And on a personal noteI wish to continually upskill myself and provide relevant and accurate information to all stakeholders in a timely manner.”
In the photo above, from L to R: Mayor Paul Thomas, District Council of the Copper Coast; Mayor Dean Dolling, District Council of Barunga West; Kristian Whitaker; Mayor Ray Agnew OAM, Yorke Peninsula Council; Mayor James Maitland, Wakefield Regional Council. (Note that changes in office may have occurred following local government council elections in November.)