BOGANGAR Public School gave a warm welcome to residents and officials today, where an Awards ceremony was held to honour residents who have made an outstanding contribution to the community in 2014.
Festivities kicked off with entertainment hosted by The Cabarita Lions Club, Pottsville Beach Lions Clubs and Tweed Coast Rotary.
Mayor of Tweed Gary Bagnall introduced Australia Day Ambassador Chris Chrisostomos, from SES Murwillumbah, who addressed the crowd as did Tweed State MP Geoff Provest.
A citizenship ceremony for 30 new Australian citizens and the Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards followed.
The award winners were:
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - George Anderson
Mr Anderson emigrated from England to Murwillumbah with his wife Betty and young family in 1959. He was a photographer at the Daily News for many years. Mr Anderson worked tirelessly with Murwillumbah Lions Club to support the local community before retiring from the club when he was well into his 80s. He is still active with the local Legacy Australia club. Even at 89 years of age, he still constructs lottery prizes for the palliative care community and is still often seen in Main Street raising funds for a variety of community causes.
YOUNG ACHIEVER IN COMMUNITY SERVICE - Michael Ashburn
In 2011, Mr Ashburn approached his touch football coach at Kingscliff High School about establishing a fund-raising event. He brought on board his close mates and set about organising sponsors and liaising with various sports bodies to put on an inaugural tournament later that year. The event was so successful, raising almost $20,000, it was held again as the 'Charity Cup' in 2013 and has become an annual event. Twenty teams from all over the Tweed Coast and surrounds compete at Cabarita Beach's Les Burger Sporting Fields. Sam Ford, a victim of a 'coward's punch', received $5,000 towards his rehabilitation. Mr Ashburn is an inspirational quiet achiever with maturity beyond his years. He is a leader, bringing together people of all age groups and backgrounds to address youth issues in a
positive and constructive manner.
ARTS AND CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Tyalgum Community Hall Association
Tyalum Community Hall Association is a hard working, high achieving group of citizens of the small rural village of Tyalgum. Organisers include Bruce Bartrim, Bob McDonald, Jeff Cramp, Auriel Bartrim, Sybil and Peter Turgeon, Peter Hair, Dennis Scanlon, Finola Horlin and Chris McDonald. The group of volunteers meets regularly to ensure the hall is clean and functioning, well maintained and operated and continues to serve the village and wider community into the next century. Through community events such as Seniors Week, Community Christmas and Australia Day, the association strives for best practise and achievement in everything it undertakes. The committee is presently working on a website, Facebook page and hall merchandise to complement the recent addition of new stage sound and lighting, a stage skirt, kitchen refurbishment and hall cladding.
SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT INDIVIDUAL AWARD - Janice Gielis
Ms Gielis is a long-time active member of Cudgen Heads Surf Life Saving Club, with a continuing involvement with surf life saving at the Tweed Coast over many years. She has participated in numerous local, state and national surf life saving events and won many awards. This year competed in the surf life saving masters event in France. In beach competition at La Grande Motte, she won gold in the Iron Woman (swim, ski and board) and Ski and Board, silver in the Surf Race and Beach Sprint and bronze in the Beach Flags. In the Pool Rescue Competition in Montpellier, she won gold in the 100-metre Obstacle Race, breaking the world record. This very talented (retired) secondary school sports teacher has assisted in saving a number of lives in the surf in NSW.
SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TEAM AWARD - Cabarita Beach Men's Table Tennis Team
The team of Kane Townsend, Wade Townsend, Stanley Chan and Jackson Meyn represented Cabarita Beach at the Queensland State Teams Championships and was undefeated on its way to winning gold. Kane, Wade and Stanley were then selected to be the three-man Queensland team at the Australian National Championships in Perth. The
team finished third.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR- Tweed Valley Women's Service - Wonder of Women Awards
Tweed Valley Women's Service Inc. is a community-managed not-for-profit organisation providing services to the Tweed community since 1987. The Wonders of Women (WOW) strategy was launched in 2008 as part of a strategy developed by Tweed Valley Women's Service to enhance the profile and achievements of women in the Tweed community. The primary purpose of the WOW Outstanding Achievement Awards is to identify and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of women who demonstrate courage, passion, enthusiasm and generosity in a range of sectors. The inaugural year of WOW Outstanding Achievement Awards revealed women who are contributing incredible amounts of time, resources and 'woman power' in the community. The awards continue to highlight inspiring contributions women make to the safety and well-being of the community.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Reg Robinson
Reg Robinson is a lynchpin of the community, as President of Crabbes Creek's village hall. He is actively involved in supporting many community events at the hall, including Australia Day, New Year's Eve and village cricket matches. He also encourages others and supports community ideas to come to fruition via the hall, such as the village's film society and Crabbesfest Film Festival of short films by small school students. He has encouraged a regular weekly pizza night at the hall, film premieres and music events for the local community. Mr Robinson has also overseen recent hall renovations and implementation of health and safety standards. As President of one of the more active village halls in Tweed Shire, Mr Robinson has shared his experience and encouragement with other community hall
representatives in 2014.