Lake Macquarie heroes recognised for Australia Day awards

WITH Australia Day just around the corner, Lake Macquarie council will announce the winners of the 2014 Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards, recognising unsung heroes.

Award winners will be announced at a ceremony this Monday, January 20.

The nominees for the awards are:

Citizen of the Year

■ Elaine North, Blackalls Park. Life member of the Toronto Senior Citizens Club and a volunteer for the St Vincent De Paul Society.

■ William (Bill) Disney, Dudley. Dudley Combined Pensioners Group president of 20 years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

■ Neville Charles Harris, Bonnells Bay. Developed a social activity program for his fellow residents at the Henry Kendall Retirement Village in Bonnells Bay and fund-raises for the Southlakes Anglican Church.

■ David Helmers, Windale. Helped establish the Australian Men’s Shed Association in Windale in 2006.

■ Keith Graham, Swansea. Order of Australia Medal recipient, Swansea Advisory Committee and Swansea Meals on Wheels secretary.

Young Citizen of the Year – 18 to 30 years

■ Bianca Judd, Warners Bay. Developed her own charity, Field of Dreams, to support people in lower socio-economic circumstances and assist people affected by natural disasters.

Young Citizen of the Year – Under 18

■ Jack Antcliff – Kahibah. Whitebridge High School Student Representative Council member and established an online newspaper, The Kahibah Times, to keep the local community informed.

Volunteer of the Year

■ Clive Read, Teralba. Identified and recorded the history behind the 3432 street names across the Lake Macquarie council area for 12 years.

■ Geoff See, Edgeworth. Manages a mobile kitchen that caters to frontline Rural Fire Service volunteers on the job as a member of the Lakes Team Welfare Support Brigade.

■ Carol Wall, Swansea. Vice-president and active volunteer at the Belmont Neighbourhood Centre.

■ Donald Spence, Windale. Volunteer at the Windale Men’s Shed and captain of the Windale-Floraville Fire Service for 35 years.

■ Dorothy Murray, Bonnells Bay. Rallies for donations at the Lakeside Retirement Village in Bonnells Bay and a member of the Wyong Auxiliary Hospital.

■ Shirley Farmer, Swansea. Volunteer fund-raiser for the Cancer Council and Ronald McDonald House and a Pink Lady, Belmont Hospital, for 16 years.

Community Group of the Year

■ Dudley Sustainable Neighbourhoods Group, Dudley.

■ Habitat in Harmony Community Garden – Belmont Neighbourhood Centre, Belmont.

Community Event of the Year

■ Lake Macquarie/Newcastle Relay for Life, Lake Macquarie.

Chris Brown, coordinator of Belmont Community Centre's Habitat in Harmony garden.

Chris Brown, coordinator of Belmont Community Centre's Habitat in Harmony garden.


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