Applause for our awardees

AUSTRALIA DAY 2017In Barbour Park, Gunning, those gathered for the Australia Day ceremony made it a morning to connect with friends and neighbours and to applaud with pride those awarded for their service to the community.
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Mayor Brian McCormack OAM officiated and Councillors Pam Kensit and John Searl attended.

The 2017 Gunning Citizen of the Year went jointly to Kathleen Webster and Patricia (Trish) Hallam, both unflagging volunteers in their communities. Kathleen was the face of Collector for every new resident to the village, ensuring each was welcomed.If Kathleen saw anything that needed doing, she just got on and did it. A strong contingent from Collector was on hand to congratulate her on her award.

Trish Hallam has been a tireless volunteer in numerous Gunning district organisations, following the example of her mother. Trish has passed on to her own girls, including Jenny Medway who was there to share the special occasion.

Seventeen year-oldLucy Foley was the recipient of the Gunning Junior Citizen of the Year award that recognised her volunteer work in Timor Leste to assist students with their English speaking. Lucy gratefully acknowledged how fortunate she is to live in a country like Australia.

Ambassador JACINTA TYNANJacinta Tynan was a most engaging Australia Day Ambassador and gave an inspiring address. Jacinta is passionate about mentoring teenage girls who may be at risk of falling through the cracks. The proceeds of her book “Some Girls Do”, about her life as a teenager, have been donated to the organisation Sister2Sister.

SPECIAL THANKSLions Club of Gunning members served generous breakfasts from their new catering van and were warmly thanked for this continuing community service.

Carmel Hills, long-term council employee and now formally retired, was specially commended for her invaluable service to the running of the Shire’s Australia Day events.

THANKS: Carmel Hills has retired from her work with Gunning and Upper Lachlan Shire Councils, that included local Australia Day events.

In a Lions Noticeboard tribute, Michael Coley notes that Carmel “…has always been there, always knowledgeable, always friendly and always efficient.”

Thank you Carmel – enjoy your retirement!

VALUE OF VOLUNTEERSThe economic value of Australian volunteers in 2014 was estimated to be $290 billion.

While volunteers in Gunning district certainly pull their weight, more are needed by Gunning Community Care as community transport drivers.

Please phone Julie Kennedy on 4845 1166.

HONOUR: Trish Hallam (centre) jointly awarded Gunning Citizen of the Year 2017 with previous recipients Genevieve Starr and David Hallam.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Upper Lachlan Councillor Pam Kensit, Australia Day Ambassador Jacinta Tynan and 2017 Gunning Junior Citizen of the Year Lucy Foley.

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