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WENTWORTH SHIRE COUNCIL 2020 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS ANNOUNCED


 Wentworth Shire 2020 Australia Day Awards Announced


Wentworth Shire Council has marked Australia Day 2020 by honoring some of its leading community members at a ceremony held at the Wentworth Rowing Club lawns. Other community events which attracted a large number of people were held at Pooncarie, Buronga Wetlands and Dareton.

All nominees have made an outstanding contribution to the community through sports, culture and the environment.

“On behalf of the Wentworth Shire community, I congratulate the 2020 awardees and of course, all of the deserving nominees for this year’s awards. I would also like to acknowledge those who took the time to submit such worthy nominations” said Mayor of Wentworth Shire, Cr Melisa Hederics.

“In addition, I would like to thank our Ambassador, Rhys Muldoon – it was a pleasure to have him present on the day”. “In his address, Rhys spoke of happy times and fond memories spending time filming in the Wentworth Shire “ she said.

 

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Ted O’Shannessy for making a significant contribution to the community and for making a lasting and positive impact.

Ted was recognised for his significant contribution to the lives of the Wentworth Shire’s young people over a period of 40 years. Ted has worked tirelessly for his community in a variety of roles, from school teacher to bank director, from volunteer to small business owner. Ted’s commitment has seen him play key roles in initiatives such as the Wentworth Area Skate Park, Jumpstart Youth Conference, driver education and football over many years and his influence at Coomealla High School extends well beyond the enormous impact he has on students.

 

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Lucy Cullinan for making a significant contribution to the community, for being an inspirational role model and for her positive impact on our local government area.

Lucy is also an outstanding role model at Wentworth Public School and shows excellent sportsmanship in all activities and great community involvement including assisting with the Australia Day breakfast and the Lower Anabranch Sporting and Landcare group. Every month there was an alignment of community support, such is Lucy’s commitment to her community.


ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

Bob Jolley for his achievements in making a positive impact on our local environment through his volunteer work recycling bottles and cans that otherwise would have ended up in landfill.

Bob has been collecting bottles and cans for recycling over many years with all profits being generously donated to local projects. The approximate funds donated equates to around 294,000 bottles and cans that have not ended up in landfill.

 

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR

Neomai Burton for her achievement in outstanding sporting excellence conducted in the spirit of fair sportsmanship.

Neomai has proved herself over many years as a keen sportsperson, willing to have a go at all. As a keen swimmer, athlete, tennis player and cricketer, she has represented at club district and state level on several occasions.

 

YOUNG SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR

Emma Strachan for her achievements at the age of 12 years who has showed great maturity, commitment and who has displayed outstanding sporting conduct in the spirit of fair sportsmanship.

Emma has consistently displayed great sportsmanship for her 12 years. Emma doesn’t always place or win at many of the major competitions. This does not discourage her but makes her work harder. Emma is involved in the Sunraysia Academy of Sport Swimming program and is a member of the Coomealla Wentworth U/12s Cricket team, to name a few of her sports.

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WENTWORTH SHIRE COUNCIL 2020 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Ted O’Shannessy

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Lucy Cullinan

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD - Bob Jolley

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR - Neomai Burton

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