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.   

Cessnock joined towns and regions across Australia to congratulate our Australia Day Award recipients and welcome our newest Australian citizens.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent called it an honour to assist in the presentation of these awards.  

“Congratulations to the 10 Australia Day Award recipients. Our community is fortunate to be home to so many community minded individuals who make an outstanding contribution to our community every day.”  

“I would like to acknowledge the Citizen of the Year, Paul Hughes, Senior Citizen of the Year, Laurence Ellis and Young Citizen of the Year, Olivia Palfreyman.”  

“Our Citizen of the Year, Paul Hughes has made a remarkable difference to the lives of many in the Cessnock community, in particular through his role with Kurri Kurri Rugby League and Kurri Kurri Rotary Club.

“Paul was instrumental to the Kurri Kurri Rotary Club’s Bourke to Kurri Kurri and coast - seaside exchange. A program dedicated to the development of young indigenous children which saw a group of children travel from Bourke and visit the seaside and for many, this was their very first time at the beach.”   

“His work through Rotary has also benefited schools across the local government area. Paul coordinated and operated a number of breakfast clubs in local schools to ensure the more vulnerable children in our community don’t go to school hungry.”  

“These are just a few of the fantastic initiatives that Paul has been involved in and on behalf of Cessnock, thank you and well done.”  

Australia Day Award recipients include:

  •  Citizen of the Year, Paul Hughes
  • Senior Citizen on the Year, Laurence Ellis
  • Young Citizen on the Year, Olivia Palfreyman
  • Community Event of the Year, Cessnock Stomp Festival 
  • Environmental Award, Mr Colin Fitzsimons and Mr Pamela Fitzsimons
  • Appreciation Award, Karen Blandon   
  • Appreciation Award, Bryce Gibson
  • Appreciation Award, Sonia Sharpe
  • Appreciation Award, Matthew Orr
  • Appreciation Award, Jordan Fallon