Australia Day 2018
Australia Day Citizenship and Local Citizenship Awards celebrated
Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie welcomed new Australian citizens and celebrated the achievements of local individuals at Lithgow City Council’s Australia Day ceremony held at Eskbank House Museum on 26 January 2018.
Mayor Lesslie said “Lithgow City Council’s Australia Day Citizenship Awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations who give their time and energy to improving the Lithgow community. We thank all the people nominated this year, whose generosity and dedication ensures that Lithgow is a wonderful place to live.”
The Young Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Emma Martin who has been an active member of the Rydal A H & P Society for more than 10 years, fundraises for the Rydal Union Church and Meadow Flat Public School, and volunteers to support community events.
The Volunteer of the Year Award in the Open category was jointly awarded to Donna White and Kerry Guerin for their outstanding volunteer service managing the Small Arms Factory Museum. They have collectively provided over 27 years of service to preserve local history, as well as contribute to the local tourism offer.
The Young Citizen Achievement Award was presented to Hayden Way for his exceptional fundraising efforts for the Simon Williams Memorial Charity which supports families grieving the loss of a child. Through his own initiative, Hayden raised $14,000 for the charity.
The Citizen Achievement Award in the Open Category was awarded to Beverley Coombs, recognising her many years of service to the community providing foster care, serving as a committee member for local not-for-profit groups such as the Red Cross, and volunteering for community groups including Legacy for Christmas, Lithgow Community Transport, and nursing homes.
The Services to the Community (Organisation) Award was presented to the teaching staff of Lithgow Public School Special Education Unit for their years of dedication to providing specialist services to young children, enhancing their quality of life and the opportunities available to them.
The Outstanding Event Award was presented to Walk N Talk for raising awareness of the challenges of living with mental health issues. The series of Walk N Talk events that took place throughout 2017 provided important opportunities for the community to come together and support each other.
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