Strong showing in community awards

The Bossie Mitchell Services to the Community award has received the most nominations in this year’s Australia Day awards with 14 names put forward to the judging panel.

The ‘Community Event of the Year’ category also polled well this year with nine local events including the Running On Empty Festival, A Night for Our Farmers, Peaks of Colour Fun Run, Council’s Remembrance Day Bus Tour, Christmas Street Parade and Cobar Public School’s Spring Fair among those listed as worthy recipients for the award.

Five locals (Barry and Virginia Knight, John de Bruin, Jenna Fullagar and Wizzy Knezevic) have been nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award while four young people (Zoe Carter, Hannah Kriz, Cora McKervey and Chase Cavalot) have been put forward for consideration for the Young Citizen of the Year title.

In the three sporting categories, Sportsperson of the Year, the Kerrigundi Award (for young sportspeople who have achieved at regional, state or national level) and Services to Sport, Para Trap clay target shooter Scottie Brydon, Cobar High School athlete Ben Griffiths, swimmer Bill Fugar and netballer Jenna Fullagar have been nominated for awards.

A new Environmental Citizen of the Year Award has also been added to this year’s list of Australia Day awards.