Chillingham gets out to celebrate
CHILLINGHAM residents turned out in good numbers for Australia Day celebrations on Wednesday.
A highlight of the celebrations was the posthumous award for the Pioneering Citizens of the Year tribute to Arthur and Irene Jessop, Jack and Emily Jessop, and Fred and Florence Lever.
The Jessop and Lever families selected in the Numinbah region a century ago, leaving a remarkable legacy in the district.
The flag-raising ceremony was conducted by Ian Strong and Dave Fox of the Chillingham Rural Fire Service. Vocalist Veronica Fogarty led the community singing of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, followed by Waltzing Matilda and I am Australian.
Guest speakers were 11-year-old Lauren Finnigan and Limpinwood identity Lindy Renton.
Gerard Buchanan was named Chillingham Citizen of the Year.
Gerard, who runs the Banana Cabana & Bush Tucker Garden, was recognised for his contribution to agriculture and his advocacy of organic farming methods and natural pest control.
Senior Citizen of the Year was Ron Shoobridge, and Junior Sportsperson was Corey McMahon for his achievements in cricket, hockey, athletics and swimming.
Volunteer of the Year was Betty Really for her work with the Uniting Church Aid Group, Murwillumbah Pink Ladies and Murwillumbah Netball Association.