Australia Day Award Winners Announced!!

Northern Areas Council 2020 Australia Day Winners Announced!!

At the December Ordinary Meeting of Council, nominations for the 2020 Australia Day Awards were presented, with the following winners announced:

Citizen of the Year:                   Don Smallacombe

Young Citizen of the Year:         Molly Noonan

Community Event of the Year:   2019 Jamestown Show

Citizen of the Year – Don Smallacombe

Don Smallacombe has freely donated his time to not only the Georgetown District, but the wider community for well over 50 years. Across this time he has been a CFS volunteer for over 30 years, an elected member of the District Council of Rocky River for 10 years, in addition to being an active member of the Georgetown Community Development Association and its predecessor for over 30 years.

Don is very well known in sporting circles, having been an avid player and volunteer in cricket, football and bowls, in addition to holding key roles at both local and regional level.

He also has donated many hours to the Gladstone High School as a member of the School Governing Council for several years and is very well known for his time as farm manager at the school.

Don's contribution to the community saw him selected to be part of the Syndey 2000 Olympic Torch Relay. Some 20 years later his contribution has been further recognised with the well deserved Citizen of the Year Award.

Young Citizen of the Year – Molly Noonan

Molly Noonan has been a key contributor in the re-invigoration of the Jamestown Show, in particular the Wool and Sheep section, for which the show is very well known. Molly has served as the Secretary of this division of the show, whilst also coordinating the Hogget competition and serving as an executive member of the show committee. This has kept her particularly busy across the past year, with the Show Committee completing the Heiniger Shearer training centre in time for the 2019 show, aswell as already hosting shearer training sessions.

Molly is also well known in local sporting circles, as a player and Junior netball coach at the Jamestown Peterborough Football and Netball Club, aswell as canteen coordinator, social committee member and is well known for being one of the first people to arrive at any working bee, and one of the last to leave. She also serves as the Junior Scores Recorder for the Northern Areas Netball Association.

Community Event of the Year - 2019 Jamestown Show

2019 was a highly successful event, culminating in the opening of the Heniger Shearer Training Centre. Since reverting back to a two day show, the event has featured many added activities, including the Ag sector Q and A, expanded shearing competition and many new stalls. The success of the event is evident, with over 7000 people attending the recent event.

The enthusiasm of the committee is a key to the success


~~~ Congratulations to all recipients ~~~


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