Winners of the NSW Local Citizenship Awards Announced

The winners of the NSW Local Citizenship Awards were announced by Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham and Australia Day Ambassador Michael Auprince at the Australia Day Ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Park on 26 January 2015.

”This year we had completely new award categories and received many inspiring nominations for them,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.”The nominations were so outstanding that we decided to award all the accepted nominees with an Australia Day Award. Congratulations to all the award winners and thank you for all you do for our community.”

Young Volunteer of the Year
Daniel Coleman, Daniel Dogherty and Joshua Sharp
As part of the Service Learning Program at Portland Central School these three boys identified a short mountain bike track on the Paine Street Crown Reserve and sought to improve the track for students of all ages and the wider Portland Community.

The boys were specifically involved in cleaning all rubbish off the site, removing hazards, establishing three separate tracks catering for riders of all levels, presenting the concept to Lithgow Council during a council meeting to seek assistance, contributing to drafting a successful submission for a Lithgow Council Community Grant and a Category Three Club Grant. They contributed to the establishment of the Portland Sport and Recreation Club Incorporated and to drafting and submitting the development application to Council.

Open Volunteer of the Year
Wesley Anderson
Wesley Anderson has been the President of Lithgow Community Broadcasters Incorporated from its inception in 1989 until now – and continuing. He has been the backbone of the organisation working tirelessly to further its goals. In 2004 a permanent broadcast community licence was granted and the station Ezy FM 90.5 was established thanks to his efforts.

The station relies on sponsors to pay for their day to day expenses and running costs. Wes has contributed to ensuring that all legal standards and compliance are met and that the sponsors needs and their ongoing support continue.

Wes spends each day at the station overseeing its operation, programming and organizing the upcoming broadcasts. He encourages feedback from the listeners and takes calls discussing their issues and gratitude for what they have learnt from the recent programming on the station.

Open Volunteer of the Year
Rae Burton
Rae Burton works tirelessly to promote the Arts in Lithgow. She is the President of the Greater Lithgow Arts Council, Musical Director for Lithgow Musical Society, a member of the Union Theatre Management Committee and a driving force for the musical performances at Lithgow High School. All of these positions allow her to promote the arts in all shapes and forms and to support young people who wish to perform. Several young people mentored by Rae have gone on to become professional performers including Andrew Henry and Courtney Clarke.

Rae was a recipient of a Lithgow Centenary Medal. She has also been nominated for Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2014.

Open Volunteer of the Year
David Peters
David is an active member of the following voluntary organisations.

  • Rural Fire Service
  • Lithgow District Bush Fire Management committee, Lithgow Hazard Reduction and Fire Trails Committees
  • Dargan Recreational Land Reserve Trust
  • Castlereagh Shows Group
  • Lithgow Show Society
  • Agricultural Societies Council of NSW
  • Hartley Historic Site Advisor Committee
  • Hartley District Progress Association
  • Hartley Highway Action Group

At the time of the Lithgow State Mine Fire David’s contribution was extraordinary (as was that of many others). David acts as an ambassador of Lithgow in his many show society endeavours. His involvement in the agricultural shows movement at a regional and state level represents a discreet and enduring promotion of Lithgow as an important regional centre.
Young Citizen Achievement Award
Courtney Clarke – Nominated in the fields of Music and Drama

Courtney Clarke is a young musician with a large amount of talent in performing arts. She has recently been selected as a featured soloist for schools spectacular as well as performing at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Courtney is a regular performer at local entertainment venues and is also a talented actress who lights up the stage in school musical and drama productions. This young lady will be a superstar in years to come as she has an amazing stage presence and personality. She is also very gracious and supports local events such as the Light the Night Walk.

Courtney has previously won an Arts Council Award. She has been in the media in relation to her status in last year’s School Spectacular. Courtney also won the Bronze Thong Country Music Talent Quest in Wattle Flat.

Young Citizen Achievement Award
Brenella Abdel-Rehim – Nominated in the field of Community Services
Brenella’s participation in the following activities show her commitment to and achievement in the field of Community Services.

  • Prefect at Lithgow High School in 2013 and 2014
  • Lead roles in Lithgow High School Musicals for the last 5 years
  • Participant in Lithgow branch of Legacy
  • Member of the Lithgow Youth Council for the past four years.
  • Elected to The NSW Youth Advisory Council.
  • Facilitated workshops on Mental Health for Young People at Parliament House for the NSW Youth Week 2014 launch.
  • Appointed to The Young Peoples Advisory Committee (YPAC) for 2015
  • Performed at a ‘Firelight’ fundraising event in Portland
  • Contributes to the health and wellbeing of young people and their self- image throughout the Lithgow community.
  • Recipient of the 2014 Helen Handbury Leadership Award.

Service to the Community – Organisation Award

Lithgow Community Transport
Lithgow Community Transport aims to provide the highest level of transport and services to their clients to enable them to live longer, independently.
They provide transport for disabled, frail, aged and transport disadvantaged people. The service endeavors to provide reliable, clean, comfortable and affordable transport solutions as well as group outings to enable their clients to remain in their own homes longer and thus independent.

The organisation helps many people to be transported to medical, shopping and cultural events in a professional and stress free manner.

They operate a modern model well maintained fleet of vehicles, always clean and well presented.

Service to the Community – Organisation Award
Lithgow Living History
Lithgow Living History aims to make people smile and be happy when they attend events, both locally and in other localities. They provide atmosphere and entertainment through costume, historical military uniforms, historical period dress and re enactment.

The group focuses on showcasing and educating people on a part of Lithgow’s history in manufacturing fire arms at the Small Arms Factory and other military equipment.

In 2014 Lithgow Living History participated in 20 events locally and in surrounding areas.

Each of the Lithgow Living History members source and fund their own costumes, uniforms and props, sometimes at quite a large expense. They then donate their time to the group for events. The members do it to showcase the historical side of their uniforms and props, to share their knowledge and the items in their personal collections and to be an interactive and pro-active participant at community events.

Recognition for Outstanding Event of the Year
Zombie Fashion Parade
Eskbank House and Museum
The Zombie Fashion Parade was the culmination of several workshops and events held at Eskbank House during October in preparation for the Halloween 2014 Block Party.

Zombie Special Effects Workshops were held with children from the community and students from Lithgow High School who then went on to do a film shoot for a Zombie Movie they were making. The Eskbank House staff did a photo shoot with the students in Zombie Make up at Eskbank House and in Lithgow Main Street. These photos were then put into an exhibition.

The Zombie Fashion Show featured Lithgow youth in zombie make up and costumes and was hosted by Mayor Statham and Mercury Salvatori from La Belle La Bette.

The workshops and the filming of the Zombie movie taught special effects filming and acting skills to children, encouraged creativity and increased the confidence of the children involved. The fashion show, photo shoot and filming encouraged different sectors of the community to work together and became a whole of community event.

Recognition for Outstanding Event of the Year
Lithgow City Council Facebook “Peoples Choice Award”
Ironfest – Life on Mars 2014
Ironfest – Life on Mars was a two and a half day event held on the ANZAC Day weekend in 2014. It attracted approximately 15 000 people across the weekend.
Through its diversity of entertainment, Ironfest offered something for everyone, from those with an interest in historical warfare through to the more modern performance art of cosplay.

Ironfest also provided a platform for local music artist and performers.
Ironfest covers many interesting subjects. It is an interactive festival for young and old providing many hands on activities including archery, swordplay and making chain mail armour. It is also an opportunity to see unique displays including falconry, jousting, medieval village, the Napoleonic and British armies and much more.

It has grown to be one of NSW’s biggest costumed events.
This year Council asked the community to get involved with the NSW Local Citizenship Awards by choosing one of the shortlisted events to receive the People’s Choice Award. Voting closed on 11 January 2015. “I am very pleased to announce that the community has chosen Ironfest to receive the People’s Choice Award. Ironfest is a unique event that has attracted many locals and visitors to Lithgow over a number of years and brought recognition to the town. Ironfest is a worthy winner of the People’s Choice Award,” concluded the Mayor.

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area through the delivery of a diverse range of quality festivals and events is part of Council’s strategy to Care for our Community in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.
Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999

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