The Narrabri Shire Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award couldn't be split in 2020.
The award was shared between joint winners Harvey Black and Peter Carrett.
Mr Black was nominated in recognition for his unequalled and sustained voluntary service to the community as a founding member and mentor of the Narrabri Volunteer Rescue Association since 1975, with over 44 years of involvement he has also taken many State and higher level roles developing skills he has brought to community.
Mr Carrett, a now retired long standing principal from Wee Waa Public School and Burren Junction Public School, has brought his passion for music to the community by forming a community band. The community band performs at Wee Waa district events such as ANZAC Day, carols in the hospital grounds and musical events at the local aged care hostel.
The 2020 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award was awarded to Emily Shearin.
Ms Shearin was nominated for her outstanding achievements in mentoring and advocacy for rural Australia and the wider local community. She has enjoyed many successes across a wide arena of activities from agricultural to sporting achievements.
The Community Event of the Year for 2020 is the Chamber of Commerce - Back to the Bri Festival and Truck Show. The family-oriented community festival was planned by a small sub committee of the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce in a very short period to bring the festival to fruition over the 2019 October long weekend bring the community together and increasing trade to the Narrabri Shire.
Environmental Citizen of the Year for 2020 was awarded to Georgia Goodhew who was nominated for initiating a recycling program that has now been integrated into the weekly sports activities. The income generated from the initiative is returned to the school for education and resources.
Australia Day award winners
Citizen of the Year: Harvey Black and Peter Carrett
Young Citizen of the Year: Emily Shearin
Community Event of the Year: Back to the Bri Festival and Truck Show
Environmental Citizen of the Year: Georgia Goodhew