Australia Day Award for Stringbusters

by | 30 Jan, 2012 | 3 comments

Strzelecki Stringbusters

Strzelecki StringbustersLike many places across Australia this past weekend the 2012 Australia Day Awards recognised and honoured many Australians for their outstanding contributions to their communities.

The Yinnar based band, Strzelecki Stringbusters, picked up two awards for their services to the community. The group received the Exceptional Citizenship Award – presented the Strzelecki Stringbusters for their unique contribution to the welfare and community spirit of Yinnar & District. They were also awarded Latrobe City Australia Day 2012 Award – presented to the Strzelecki Stringbusters in recognition of the group’s outstanding contribution and dedicated service to the Community of Latrobe City.

Strzelecki Stringbusters - Ray Negro

Ray Negro

In addition to the above awards, chief Strzelecki Stringbuster, band leader and community stalwart Ray Negro was nominated for Yinnar Citizen of the Year.

The band then performed during the Yinnar Australia Day breakfast celebration ceremony. They also performed at theĀ  LaTrobe City ceremony.

The Stringbusters have played a significant role in their community as anyone from the region will attest. This is a well deserved award that rightly recognizes the band contributions to the broader Gippsland region over many years.

Congratulations from the team at Australian Bluegrass Blog.


  1. Ed Lowe

    It’s great to see that the Stringbusters are getting some recognition for their efforts. Well done guys!

  2. Lachie Davidson

    This is fantastic news! So proud to be from Yinnar and know all these blokes

    • ray negro

      Thanks Lachie i think this means we can get free maccas, invitations to attend all major music and sporting events ,drive as fast as we like and if you need a stat dec signed for a dodgy sickie come see the stringbusters