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Our Young Achiever is someone whose achievements rank well beyond his years and who has provided an outstanding role model for those who want to follow suit.
Cody Dyce from Tinamba has notched up an impressive record in the world of Moto-Cross racing.
He is just 16 but has been involved in riding motorbikes since he was two!!
He has twice won the Junior Australia title, is ranked third in Australia and eighth in the world and is now moving into the under 19 section.
A member of the Yamaha Junior Racing Team, he recently raced in the World Junior Motocross event in Russia where the team won the Junior World Title. 
With the Yamaha team base in Queensland, Cody expects to spend some time there and expects to move to home schooling to accommodate his competition commitments.
Cody acknowledges all the support and help he has received from his parents and from local sporting and motor bike club.
But key to his role in the sport is his commitments to mentor younger riders who hope to follow in his wheel tracks!
And his outstanding achievements have certainly helped put Tinamba and Maffra on the world map!
Congratulates Cody (not present – currently racing in New Zealand)
This year is the Maffra Business and Tourism Association.
The members of this group perform a vital role in ensuring Maffra is a vibrant and attractive business centre.
Replacing a succession of Chambers of Commerce, the Business and Tourism Association formed in September 2016.
The group embraces an agenda covering shop locally promotions, encouraging new businesses to fill empty shops in the town and promoting tourists to visit, stay and enjoy the town.
It has encouraged local businesses to embrace seasonal events with shop front decorations.
A ‘Maffra Money’ gift voucher promotion, first developed about a decade ago, has been reintroduced and proven very popular.  A ‘Maffra Money’ voucher can be purchased from any participating store and then reimbursed at any participating store.  
Designed to keep money in the town, support local business and grow the local economy, the voucher program encourages people to buy locally which benefits everyone in the community.
And the highlight of the BTA’s activities has been two highly successful ‘Christmas in Maffra’ events, which have seen Johnson Street truly come alive with market and food stalls and lots of entertainment.
It is a really great event and Rotary is pleased to have been involved and can vouch for what an outstanding success these nights have been.
We encourage the BTA to continue with its great program of activities to revitalize and promote Maffra and have great pleasure in presenting the group with this award.
Secretary Kevin Read accepted the award on behalf of the Association.

The Quiet Achiever of the Year for 2016 goes to a couple who have also brightened up the local Christmas activities.
For the past decade, Dean and Cindy Rowley – along with their children Blake and Jessica -  have decorated their home, garden, shed, property entrance and drive with numerous Christmas decorations.
Covering about six hectares of their property, these decorations have provided great enjoyment to hundreds of people each year.
On display for four weeks leading up to Christmas, their extensive display has become well known and visitors come from as far as Warragul and Bairnsdale.
About 40 cars each weeknight and up to 100 on the weekend.  On Christmas eve just gone, 260 cars visited the property!
The Rowleys install and open the display at their own cost and charge no entry fee.  But visitors are invited to make a donation toward Beyond Blue.
In 2015, those donations totalled $6,000.  For Christmas 2016, the Rowleys received $7,500 to present to Beyond Blue – a truly amazing effort.