THIS Friday, Eurobodalla Shire Council will host its annual Australia Day Awards ceremony to present seven achievement awards and several sports achievement awards to local residents, along with the Jeff Britten Award for the Pursuit of Excellence.
The ceremony will take place in the Mechanics Institute hall in Page Street, Moruya, from 6pm.
Eurobodalla Shire Council mayor Lindsay Brown said the 2013 Achievement Awards would go to:
* Mr Marco Cardinale of Moruya for his outstanding service with the Moruya Surf Lifesaving Club;
* Mr Brian Clarke of Moruya for his voluntary work in the community and especially his support for the equine industry;
* Mr Richard Wright of Batemans Bay for his work with Marine Rescue;
* Mr Otto Eichler of Narooma for his volunteer work with community transport; and
* Mrs Anne De Vries of Narooma for her contribution to the community through her work with Meals on Wheels.
“There will also be two young Eurobodalla citizens receiving Achievement Awards this year,” said Cr Brown.
“They are Mr Rhys Hardy for his leadership skills and the support he provides to other students as well as his outstanding community service, and Miss Tamara Kenny for her leadership skills, academic achievements and the strong role model she provides for other Aboriginal students.”
For her golfing achievements, Miss Hayley McNeill of Lilli Pilli is to receive a Sports Achievement Award along with representatives of the Batemans Bay Surf Lifesaving Surf Boat crews for their success in competitions and commitment to surf lifesaving in the Batemans Bay area.
Clr Brown says former Mayor and long-serving councillor, Mr Chris Vardon OAM of Malua Bay, will be the recipient of the 2013 Jeff Britten Award for the Pursuit of Excellence for his commitment to the Eurobodalla community over many years.
“The award will be presented to Mr Vardon by Michael Britten and Careen Leslie, the children of the late Jeffery Britten, a former Eurobodalla Shire President,” said Cr Brown.
The Mayor says he will reveal the names of the 2013 Eurobodalla Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards on the night during which he will be accompanied by the Eurobodalla’s two Australia Day Ambassadors, writer and producer, Peter Herbert, and St George Illawarra rugby league player and former Moruya junior, Michael Weyman.
Meanwhile, 19 people from 10 countries will officially join the Australian family in a special citizenship ceremony at Narooma on Australia Day.
This year, Eurobodalla’s Citizenship Ceremony will form part of the Australia Day celebrations at Narooma, with the event commencing at 10am in Ken Rose Park on the Princes Highway, just south of the Narooma Bridge.
The annual barbecue breakfast put on by Narooma SLSC and the Narooma Lions Club is on again from 8am til 10am in the car park below the clubhouse.
The brekkie always draws a crowd and is a great way to get you in the spirit of Australia Day.
The breakfast costs $5 and includes a tea or coffee, sausages, bacon, eggs and toast, topped with your choice of ‘dead horse’ - tomato or barbecue!