Kingborough Council has hosted its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, 6 January 2018 at the Civic Centre in Kingston to recognise and celebrate residents who have made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Kingborough community.
Council presented the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Certificates of Appreciation. The Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Steve Wass said “These awards recognise outstanding members of our community who devote themselves to support others and help to improve the quality of life and amenities in Kingborough.”
The Citizen of the Year was presented to Tony Owen, for his outstanding contribution and commitment to improving community facilities and nurturing young people through the game of cricket. Tony said he is very humbled by being nominated for this award, “I am passionate about cricket and how it provides the opportunity to bring young people together, along with their families and friends. I admit I am someone who doesn’t accept something can’t be done, we can achieve so much by supporting each other.”
Freya Cox was recognised as Kingborough’s Young Citizen of the Year for her outstanding commitment to community service and human rights issues, and for her dedication to improving the wellbeing of others. She said, “I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award. I am particularly grateful to Edna Pennicott for all of the opportunities and encouragement she has given me to go out in the Loui’s Van service. It has been a humbling and enlightening experience.”
The Friends of Peter Murrell Reserve has been presented with Community Group of the Year for their outstanding dedication and leadership caring for the Peter Murrell Reserve, protecting native species and maintaining a natural haven for the whole community to enjoy and celebrate.
Certificates of Appreciation to recognise significant service to the Kingborough community have also been presented. Hester van Niekerk was recognised for her dedication to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, as well as her commitment and leadership serving the community with the Lions of Club of Kingborough. A passionate sailor, Lindsay Wilson was recognised for his loyalty to the Kingston Beach Sailing Club and mentoring young people in Kingborough through youth sailing programs. The University of the Third Age in Kingborough has also been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued efforts to provide education, stimulation and social interaction for senior members of the Kingborough community.
More information on each recipient can be found via the links below.
- Tony Owen, Kingborough Citizen of the Year 2018
- Freya Cox, Kingborough Young Citizen of the Year 2018
- The Friends of Peter Murrell Reserve, Community Group of the Year 2018
- Hester van Niekerk, Certificate of Appreciation 2018
- Lindsay Wilson, Certificate of Appreciation 2018
- Kingborough University of the Third Age, Certificate of Appreciation 2018