Commitment to local community was recognised across seven categories at Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards Ceremony held at the Royal Theatre in Quirindi.
Citizen of the Year was awarded to Mary O’Donnell for her work with the Quirindi Special School. Amanda Rutter was recognised as Young Citizen of the Year for her academic achievements, her extracurricular and her volunteer work.
The Marie Maunder Community Service Award recognizes an individual who has made an ongoing and outstanding contribution to community service. This award was presented to Gail Kelly for her work with the Quirindi Show Society, Willow Tree CWA and Meals on Wheels.
Thyra Sullings was named Local Legend for 2014 after 65 years of generous support to her community.
Sportsperson of the Year was awarded to Sid Dart in recognition of his sporting achievments and ongoing support of rugby in the local area. Junior Sportsperson of the Year was jointly awarded to Beau Parry and Garnet Patterson Jr, Beau is a rising star in Rugby League, representing his region and his country. Garnet loves racing and in 2013 was NSW State Championship for both the Class 2 and Overall Formula car categories.
The Community Event of the Year was Quirindi Heritage Village, Miniature Railway Rally and Swap Meet. Showcasing the rural heritage of the district this event attracts exhibitors and spectators from all over Australia and internationally.
Lorraine Reilly was MC and the awards were presented by the Mayor and Australia Day Ambassador plus last year’s winners Ray Collins, Colleen Wills, John Reilly, Ron Dellar, Laura Saddler and Dana Porter.
The Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM, congratulated all of the nominees across all categories saying they can all be very proud of their commitment to service, sport and community.
The Awards Ceremony also included a Citizenship Ceremony where Adele Fincham and David Fincham were welcomed to the Australian Family and presented with Certificates and native plants.
Councillor Lobsey thanked Quirindi Girl Guides for leading the Official Party at the Flag Raising and Lowering Ceremonies that opened and closed proceedings and also for preparing morning tea. Councillor Mary Roberts made a presentation to Lorraine Reilly for her role as MC.
“I’d also like to put on record Council’s thanks to Ambassador Penny Cook plus the community members who organised and staged events around the Shire including at Warrah Creek, Currabubula, Wallabadah and Werris Creek. Their contributions have helped make Australia Day 2014 across the Liverpool Plains Shire a memorable occasion that all involved can be very proud of,” Councillor Lobsey concluded.