The Break O’Day Council 2018 Australia Day Award recipients were announced on January 26.
Mayor Mick Tucker said due to the “thriving and caring community on the East Coast” it was tough to choose a winner.
“We had some truly outstanding candidates to choose from and it is a pleasure and an honor to be able to recognise them and their work in our community on this, our national day.”
Citizen of the Year
Gary Barnes was awarded Citizen of the Year for his “compassion, dedication and empathy” for the Fingal community. He displayed this through his work with the Fingal Online Access, Christmas parades, and the Fingal Valley Neighbourhood Committee.
Young Citizen of the Year
Nathan Tetlow and Marcus Reid won Young Citizen of the Year for their participation in the Storm Disability Services Program and the THRIVE Community Garden. Cr Tucker said they have also proven themselves to be being great role models to the Break O’Day community.
Kerri Webb won for her work within the Fingal District Progress Committee, through which she has applied for various grants. She is also involved with the Fingal Valley Festival, New Year’s Day St Marys races, and the Online Centre.
Michael Richards won for his roles within associations and groups in St Helens. He has been involved in groups such as the Cubs and Scouts, Athletics Club, and various roles within the St Helens Football Club.
Break O’Day Municipality Excellence Award
The Break O’Day Municipality Excellence Award went to St Helens Marine Rescue and Bob McQattie.
St Helens Marine Rescue play an important role in the safety of the Break O’Day community.
Bob McQattie is known throughout the region for his generosity. He provides bakery products to community groups when fundraising, and during recent fire events he provided food to those assisting the community in fighting the fires.