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Council crowns winners of the 2018 Australia Day Awards


Georges River Council has recognised three outstanding members of the local community during a special function for Council’s prestigious 2018 Australia Day Awards.

Hosted at the Georges River Civic Centre on Monday 22 January, Council’s Mayor Kevin Greene announced the winners of each category – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Mayor Greene said the Citizen of the Year Award recipient, Mr Bryan Pirie was a deserving winner of the prestigious award.
“Mr Pirie has devoted his time and effort to the community as 2017 Oatley Village Festival Chairman, Oatley Music in the Park Chairman and Oatley Lions President,” Mayor Greene said.

“He has been involved with the Oatley Village Festival for 20 years and his selfless devotion to these community initiatives has had an immeasurable effect on their success,” he added. 

Mayor Greene applauded the efforts of Young Citizen of the Year, Cooper Bennett, who is heavily involved in the Rockdale Air Force Cadets 302 squadron and actively participates in community service.

“Cooper has made a significant contribution to his community. Not only is he a volunteer with the SES Mortdale branch, he also devotes his time to senior leadership roles and numerous outreach programmes at his school,” he said.

Mayor Greene also commended the efforts of Volunteer of the Year, Ms Maureen Finch, for her significant involvement with the Connells Point Netball Club for close to 30 years.

“Maureen is an integral part of the Connells Point Netball Club community. Her dedication to the club sees her take two weeks of her annual leave from work each year to administer the competition entries,” he said.

“She also arranges coaches for over 25 teams, manages their training schedules and organises and trains the club’s umpires,” he added.

Mayor Greene highlighted that Council’s Australia Day Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the efforts and significant contributions individuals make within the local community.

“These awards are Council’s way of celebrating these people and in recognising their efforts in helping and enriching our community,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate all those who were nominated for these awards, and thank you for the selfless efforts you put into making the Georges River area a better place.”

The winners for the 2018 Australia Day Awards are: 

Citizen of the Year – Mr Bryan Pirie
Young Citizen of the Year – Mr Cooper Bennett
Volunteer of the Year – Ms Maureen Finch
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