New citizen Darren Braddock at the Australia Day presentation held at Bogangar Public School.
New citizen Darren Braddock at the Australia Day presentation held at Bogangar Public School. Blainey Woodham

Lorraine's proud as our top Aussie

BOGANGAR played host to the Tweed Shire's main Australia Day event yesterday.

The Tweed's official Australia Day Awards were handed out, new citizens were welcomed and Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador Steve Bastoni addressed the crowd.

Tweed Shire's 2010 Citizen of the Year Lorraine Grennan was recognised for her ongoing work with the group Compassionate Friends for bereaved family members, an organisation which came to her aid when her son Michael died of leukaemia in 1983.

“I am very proud to be an Australian and it was lovely to know people had nominated me,” Ms Grennan said. Well-known Australian actor and former Neighbours star Steve Bastoni visited many of the Australia Day events across the shire.

“It has been a great honour and the people here are very friendly.

“There is great community spirit on the Tweed,” Mr Bastoni said.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot addressed the award winners and new citizens during the official program. “This is a day to celebrate what is great in our country and in our region,” Ms Elliot said.

Other Tweed Australia Day Award recipients included: Young Achiever in Community Service - Rose Spiller; Arts and Cultural Achievement Award - Andy Reimanis, Sporting Achievement Award (Individual); Sean Garner; Sporting Achievement Award (team) - Tumbulgum Public School soccer team; Community Event of the Year - Kids In Need Dragon Boat Regatta; and Volunteer of the Year - Edna Gorton.



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