Jim 'Chipsy' Childs named 2020 Senior of the Year

23rd November 2020
Wattle Range Council's 2020 Senior of the Year has been awarded.
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Mayor Des Noll presents the 2020 Senior of the Year award to Jim 'Chipsy' Childs. Also in attendance were Christina Childs, Doug Balnaves and Neil McLean.

Mayor Des Noll was pleased to present to Mr Jim Childs of Coonawarra, the 2020 Wattle Range Council Senior of the Year Award, at a small presentation in Penola recently.

Mr Childs, also known as 'Chipsy', was born in Coonawarra in 1927, and has been a staunch supporter of the local community for his entire life.

He has been an active member of the Penola P.A. & H Society for 35 years and has been the organiser of the Sheaf Tossing Championships for the last 20 years. Jim has been a foundation member of the Penola Caledonian Pipe Band, back in 1950, and he continued as a playing member until he retired as a piper in 2018, at the age of 91 -  it is believed that he could be the oldest pipe player in Australia. During this time, Jim has served as President, Secretary and Pipe Major of the Band. He has been made a life member and is now a patron of the band.

Jim has served as President of the Penola Pony Club and has also been a significant member in a working committee that assisted the local branch of the RSL stage the Penola Rodeo for several years as a means to raise much needed funds for the Penola Memorial Hospital.

“Jim is a valued member our community and a very worthy winner of this Award,” Mayor Noll said. “We thank him for his tireless contribution over many decades and congratulate him on receiving this recognition after being nominated by his peers,” he added.

The Senior of the Year honour is awarded annually and would ordinarily be presented during Council’s Celebrate Seniors program; however, this was unable to occur in 2020 due to the pandemic.


For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900