Australia Day awards for youth leader and historian

TWO Narooma community leaders, one very young and the other a champion of history, will be recognised for their efforts tonight. 

Ben Potter and Laurelle Pacey will receive achievement awards when Eurobodalla Shire Council hosts its annual Australia Day Awards ceremony at the Moruya RSL Hall on Friday night at 6pm.

Mayor Lindsay Brown will be there to present local residents with the achievement and sports achievement awards and to announce the recipients of the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and the Jeff Britten Award for the Pursuit of Excellence.

Pacey is being recognised for her contribution to catalogue and preserve local historical information and she only just launched her latest edition of her book "The Lure of Montague" last month at the Narooma Visitor Centre.

Potter, a Year 12 student at Narooma High School, is a member of the Narooma Youth Committee and is being recognised for his "leadership skills and awareness of environmental issues".

His recent activity include organising the GetUp Climate awareness gathering back in November and more recently he facilitated discussion between the youth committee and council about the potential of NATA Oval.

The other recipients of the Achievement Awards for 2014are:

· Leslie Pheeney of Moruya for her outstanding service with the Moruya Surf Lifesaving Club

· Danny Graham for his work with young people at Batemans Bay High School

· Kirsty Campbell of Broulee for her commitment to a family in a time of need

· Will Scobie-Armstrong of Moruya for being an inspirational role model who promotes current youth issues around homelessness, sexuality and road safety

· Rob Currall of Batemans Bay will receive a Sports Achievement Award for his sailing achievements. 

The Hon. Andrew Constance MP will accompany the Mayor at the ceremony.

For more information about Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Australia Day festivities, please contact Kylie Green on 4474 1005 or 0418 271 786.

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