Shoalhaven City Council held their annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Wednesday, 25 January in the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. The event which welcomed 34 new citizens and honoured community and sports people in the Shoalhaven, attracted over 330 guests.
The 2017 Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards saw 34 people be nominated for their outstanding achievements in the Categories of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.
The winners for the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards include:
- Shoalhaven Citizen of the Year: June Stevens (North Nowra) – Long standing contribution to community service aiding families in the Shoalhaven.
- Shoalhaven Citizen of the Year - Highly Commended: Richard Wayne Manwarring (Old Erowal Bay) – Dedication and recognition in raising money for local cancer facilities.
- Shoalhaven Young Citizen of the Year: Ava Del Tufo (Pointer Mountain) - Unwavering dedication and whole hearted enthusiasm to assist with social issues and community initiatives
- Shoalhaven Sports Person of the Year: Ashleigh Hewson (Vincentia) – Outstanding sports representative for the Shoalhaven promoting women’s sports at all levels particularly rugby union.
- Shoalhaven Junior Sports of the Year: Tarje Whitford (Mollymook) - Contribution and consistent performance in rugby league.
Mayor Amanda Findley said, “Tonight we welcomed 34 people who have chosen to be Australians through our citizenship ceremony. People who have chosen our City to be their home. The Citizenship ceremony not only is a symbol of a person’s commitment to Australia and its people, but it brings with it a sense of belonging to the country we have all decided to make our home. We welcome them to the Shoalhaven.”
Mayor Findley continued, “The award ceremony gives us all a chance to honour people’s accomplishments. Those who give so much to our City. It is a time to reflect on the place where we live, reflect on how lucky we are to be Australian and, how lucky we are live in the Shoalhaven.”
“The people recognised today as both nominees and award winners define the aspect of our culture as a giving and supporting nation, where mateship is ingrained in all we do.”
“We congratulate the winners and the nominees, thank our independent judging panel, and welcome with open arms our new citizens.”
The Mayor also welcomed Australia Day Ambassador and special guest, George Ellis to our City. “Mr Ellis, is a conductor, composer and musical arranger and we are so lucky to have him join us on the evening as a speaker and official ambassador.