12 honoured in Cessnock Australia Day Awards
12 individuals and community groups were acknowledged for the contributions to Cessnock at the city’s Australia Day Awards on Saturday.
Cessnock Chamber of Commerce board member Geoff Walker was named as the Citizen of the Year for his significant contribution to local life for a number years, including as a life member of the Nulkaba Public School P&C, the Northumberland Network and as a presenter on 2CHR radio.
He has also contributed to NAIDOC Week, the Seniors Festival, the Postie Bike Grand Prix, the Stomp Festival, the Community Consultative Committee for the Cessnock Correctional Centre, the Cessnock Liquor Accord and is a board member of the Cessnock Leagues Club.
“Geoff Walker has made a significant and outstanding contribution to our community,” Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said.
“Geoff looks for every opportunity to further advance our community and as a member of multiple community groups and organisations has done just that.”
Cessnock Australia Day Awards recipients:
Citizen of the Year: Geoff Walker
Senior Citizens of the Year: Mr John and Mrs Robbie Forsyth
Young Citizen of the Year: Cooper Field
Community Event of the Year: Kearsley Dawn Service
Sport Award: Dorothy Heath
Heritage Award: Carl Hoipo
Maree Callaghan Award – Young Female Achiever: Olivia Palfreyman
Community Awards: Dale Goldie, Kylie Gray, Lorraine Giddins and Danny Hogan