Coolamon Shire Council celebrates Australia Day
The Coolamon Shire community celebrated with pride this Australia Day with hundreds in attendance in Ardlethan.
The day began with a free community breakfast, hosted by the Advance Ardlethan Committee and the Ardlethan Men’s Shed.
Following the breakfast was the official presentation of the Australia Day Awards.
Coolamon Shire Council recognises community members across five categories. This year over 35 people were nominated. Mayor John Seymour OAM was delighted to see such a large nominations from across the Coolamon Shire:
“In my eyes a nomination is an acknowledgement by your community to the hard work, dedication and sacrifice you put in to ensuring that you continue to create a happy and healthy place to live”
This year the winners of the Australia Day Awards were:
- Young Sportsperson of the Year Award: Jessica McCallum
- The Shane Till Memorial Award for Sporting Achievement: Kellie Hamblin
- Community Group/Event of the Year Award: The Ganmain Quasquicentennary Committee
- Young Citizen of the Year Award: Brodie Jones
- Citizen of the Year: Neville and Sylvia Gillett
Australia Day in the Coolamon Shire is a strong reminder of what it means to give back to your community. This year the shire welcomed Josephine Peter, Australia Day Ambassador, from Broken Hill. Josephine is a lifelong volunteer, and in 2017 was awarded the Local Hero Award in recognition of her selfless dedication to her community. Josephine was astonished by the community spirit in the Coolamon Shire, particularly the Ardlethan community and their hard work in making the celebrations possible.