“This Australia Day we encouraged our community to celebrate this day by recognising and embracing the unique stories that celebrate all Australians, acknowledging our history and expressing our gratitude for the freedoms, peace and benefits we enjoy,” said Shire President Lynne Craigie OAM.
“It has been a fantastic day and as we start a new decade I am excited that we will move forward respecting and understanding that we all have a unique story and that is what defines us as a country,” she added.
In Newman, 12 of Australia’s newest citizens were welcomed followed by the presentation of the Australia Day Awards. The community was also addressed by Australia Day Ambassador Katie Curo who shared her passions about community, technology and human connection in an inspirational address. Further celebrations in Newman included a community pool party at Newman Aquatic Centre, a screening of the Lion King at the Shire’s 12 foot outdoor screen at the Square followed by fireworks at Capricorn Oval.
Marble Bar enjoyed a pool party at the Marble Bar Swimming Pool including a free Aussie breakfast. The Marble Bar Citizen of the year announcement has been postponed until March.
Australia Day celebrations at Nullagine included a free community barbeque.
Community Citizen of the Year: Linda Lewis
Linda has been recognised for her outstanding dedication to junior sport in Newman and for her commitment to actively serve her community in other roles including Newman Senior High School P&C and the Newman Chamber of Commerce.
Community Citizen of the Year – Youth: Lauren Macmillan
Lauren has been being recognised for her outstanding commitment to the St. John Ambulance service including volunteering many hours in both crew co-ordination and performing as a crew member. She is also well-known for her kindness to patients.
Community Citizen of the Year – Senior: Janice Young
Janice was recognised for the success she has helped bring to Martu Farm due to her full-time voluntary work at the nursery and her extraordinary compassion for others.
Active Citizenship (group or event) – Newman Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Newman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, attends more than 100 incidents a year and currently has 30 volunteer members including active, support and reserve. They are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days of the year.