The day commenced at Collarenebri Bowling Club with a community breakfast where over 170 local community members joined in, and was followed by the official award presentations by guest Australia Day Ambassador, Dr Benjamin Veness. The day ended with games for the children out on the lawn.
This year’s Walgett Shire’s Australia Day Award recipients were as follows:
- Citizen of the Year – Chris Clemson
- Young Citizen of the Year – Joshua McCormick
- Community Event of the Year – Helping Heidi Hawkins Benefit Night
- Sports Team of the Year – Walgett Rams 1st & 2nd Grade
- Sports Achievement of the Year – Campbell Morris
Deputy Mayor Jane Keir said today she was pleased with the support for the event from the local community. A highlight of the Day was the address by Australia Day Ambassador Benjamin Veness, who also took the time to tour the Lightning Ridge area as well.
“I would like to congratulate not only the winners of the various awards but the many others who were nominated as well. I would also like to thank everyone who submitted nominations for this year’s awards and the Collarenebri Bowling Club for hosting this year’s celebrations” Deputy Mayor Jane Keir concluded.