Gunning celebrates a great day

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In Barbour Park, Gunning, those who 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. 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 into the community. Trish Hallam has been a tireless volunteer in numerous Gunning district organisations.

17yo Lucy 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.


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. 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!


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.

Upper Lachlan Councillor Pam Kensit, Australia Day Ambassador Jacinta Tynan and 2017 Gunning Junior Citizen of the Year Lucy Foley on Australia Day at Barbour Park, Gunning.

Retiring: Carmel Hills

Citizens all! Trish Hallam (centre) jointly awarded Gunning Citizen of the Year 2017 is congratulated by Genevieve Starr and David Hallam who were similarly awarded in 2016 and 2011 respectively.

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