Winners of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s (LPSC) 2013 Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony held at Quirindi’s Royal Theatre.
The special guest was television newsreader Tracey Spicer.
Mayor Ian Lobsey said the council had 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 as such for their wonderful contributions that help make the shire a better place to live,” Cr Lobsey said.
Winners of this year’s civic Australia Awards are;
Citizen of the Year – Ray Collins.
Mr Collins 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.
A stonemason by trade, he has 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 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
Mrs Wills’ 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. She served as a councillor for 17 years first on Quirindi Shire Council then Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
Local Legend – John Reilly
Mr Reilly was described as a constant feature at nearly every event in the shire. He supports many charity organisations, public events and schools through sponsorship and prize giving and 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, and 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 a weekend filled with events and activities for all the family and for all ex-players to celebrate a wonderful association with the club.
Sportsperson – Ray Dellar
Mr Dellar 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 football.