Congratulations to Cessnock’s Australia Day Award Recipients
Cessnock joined towns and regions across Australia to congratulate our Australia Day Award recipients and welcome our newest Australian citizens on Saturday.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it was a wonderful day celebrating our community and community spirit.
“It was a privilege to honour and acknowledge the 12 recipients of Australia Day Awards. Each of them are fantastic role models showing us all what it means to be truly community minded and contribute.” “
I would like to acknowledge the Citizen of the Year Geoff Walker, Senior Citizen of the Year Mr John and Mrs Robbie Forsyth, and Young Citizen of the Year Cooper Field.”
“Our Citizen of the Year, Geoff Walker has made a significant and outstanding contribution to our community. Geoff looks for every opportunity to further advance our community and as a member of multiple community groups and organisations has done just that.”
Geoff is a life member of the Nulkaba Public P&C Association, in the past an active member of the Northumberland Network, and is currently a member of the Cessnock Chamber of Commerce and is known for his work presenting on 2CHR on upcoming events in the Cessnock Local Government Area.
Geoff has also sacrificed a huge amount of time contributing to NAIDOC Week, the Seniors Festival, the Postie Bike Grand Prix, the Stomp Festival, Community Consultative Committee for the Cessnock Correctional Centre, the Cessnock Liquor Accord and is a board member of the Cessnock Leagues club.
Australia Day Award recipients include:
- Citizen of the Year, Geoff Walker
- Senior Citizen on the Year, Mr John & Mrs Robbie Forsyth
- Young Citizen on the Year, Cooper Field
- Community Event of the Year, Kearsley Dawn Service
- Sport Award, Dorothy Heath
- Heritage Award, Carl Hoipo
- Maree Callaghan Award – Young Female Achiever, Olivia Palfreyman
- Community Award, Dale Goldie
- Community Award, Kylie Gray
- Community Award, Lorraine Giddins
- Community Award, Danny Hoggan
Saturday’s celebrations also included welcoming 42 new citizens from across the globe. This year marks the 70 year anniversary since the first Australian Citizenship ceremony was held back in 1949.