Australia Day Awards

Winners of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) 2013 Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony held at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre on Saturday.
The event was attended by LPSC’s Australia Day Ambassador, Tracey Spicer, LPSC mayor, Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM, deputy mayor Col Stewart, Councillors Andrew Laurie and Mary Roberts, general manager, Robert Hunt, Lyn Windsor (representing her husband Federal MP Tony Windsor), award nominees and their families and friends and members of the local community.
Winners of the LPSC 2013 Australia Day Awards are;
Citizen of the Year – Ray Collins – Ray has worked tirelessly on the First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens at Wallabadah over a number of years in his own time and utilized his own funds to purchase materials for the project. Ray, a stonemason by trade, carved out the names of all 1500 persons who sailed on the First Fleet on 70 sandstone tablets. He has also restored many gravesites at cemeteries within the Shire.
Young Citizen of the Year – Jack Howard – Jack is a talented young man who juggles his senior studies with part time work, local sporting support and participation, volunteering at the Royal Theatre and his commitment to LEOS, Canteen and the Liverpool Plains Relay for Life. Jack is currently working with a number of his peers to achieve his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Marie Maunder Community Service Award – Colleen Wills – Colleen’s contribution to the Quirindi Community has been outstanding from volunteering at the local schools, her commitment to CWA and her work with the less fortunate, particularly the frail aged and disabled members of the community. Colleen served as a Councillor for 17 years first on Quirindi Shire Council then Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
Local Legend – John Reilly – John is a constant feature at nearly every event in the shire. He supports many charity organizations, public events and schools through sponsorship and prize giving. John has been a successful businessman continuing on the tradition of Reilly’s Menswear’s excellent customer service. Regular shoppers need never remember their size in shirts, trousers or hats as he knows them all. John always offers a helping hand to people struggling financially.
Community Event – Werris Creek Rugby League 100 year’s celebrations – Over the long weekend in June the Werris Creek Rugby League Football Club celebrated its 100 years anniversary in grand style. Over 2000 people attended the weekend which was filled with events and activities for all the family and for all ex-players to celebrate a wonderful association with the Cub.
Sportsperson – Ron Dellar – Ron has dedicated 44 years of service to Werris Creek Magpies Rugby League Club. He is the longest serving coach in the club’s history.
Junior Sportsperson – Laura Sadler – Laura has excelled in a number of sports in 2012 and has represented Quirindi Public School, Quirindi Zone PSSA, North-West PSSA in swimming, cross country, athletics, school horse sports, pony club, camp drafting and soccer. Laura has made some wonderful friends and travelled to many different destinations whilst competing in the sports she loves.
“Council received a record number of nominations, of a very high quality, acknowledging a wide spectrum of service to our local community. While there is only one winner for each category, all of the nominees deserve the recognition they received for their wonderful contributions that help make the Shire a better place to live,” mayor Lobsey said.
“The theme for Australia Day 2013 is to say thanks for our way of life. A big thank you to both the winners and nominees for LPSC’s Australia Day Awards for your huge contributions towards enriching our way of life,” Councillor Lobsey concluded.

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