1st Hawkesdale Cub and Scout Leader for many years, Russell Bell has been announced Moyne Shire Council's Adult Australian of the Year for 2013. Russell will be presented his award at a joint community & Moyne Shire free Australia Day morning breakfast at the Hawkesdale Memorial Hall.

Russell was nominated by the Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee for the Shire's top award for his long involvement as a leader with Hawkesdale, his numerous roles with the CFA including Captain of the Willatook CFA, long involvement in local Tennis including President roles with the Hawkesdale & Purnim District Tennis Association and Broadwater Tennis Club.

A Willatook farmer Beef and sheep, Russell is a family man and also supported the Macarthur Pony Club.

This award is most deserved, and also gives Scouting great publicity and public recognition to one of scouting's leaders which rarely seems to happen publically.

Great stuff Russell !