A WORLD Champion BMX rider, a Surf Life Saver, a tireless scientist, an industrious community committee, an aged care administrator and a music festival promoter are the winners of Wollongong City’s Citizenship and Achievement Awards for 2016.
Chief Executive of IRT Group Ms Nieves Murray has been named 2016 Wollongong Citizen of the Year, Woonona Surf Life Saver Madeline Bow is Young Citizen of the Year, former TAFE Director Raymond Tolhurst is Senior Citizen of the Year. The joint winners of the Sports Citizen of the Year are Kai and Saya Sakakibara, Highly Commended Sports Citizen Courtney Buchanan, and Community Group Award joint winners Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre and Corrimal’s Chamber of Commerce.
While astronomer, trailblazer and communicator Glen Moore receives the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2016 and musical entrepreneur Ben Tillman receives the Arts & Cultural Achievement Award.
Those coming along to Wollongong’s Australia Day event are being encouraged to leave their car at home, and use public transport. About 40,000 people are expected to flock to Wollongong Harbour and foreshore area on Tuesday January 26 between 8am-9pm and parking in the streets around the festivities is expected to be at a premium.
Buses on the free Park and Ride service will run every 15 minutes from 12 noon until 11pm between JJ Kelly Park and the WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre. There will also be an overflow car park at Stuart Park that will be managed by the Rural Fire Service (RFS). Parking fees will apply at Stuart Park with the money raised going to the RFS. Or, you can park near Dalton Park and catch the free Gong Shuttle.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery said the award recipients have grand and impressive visions for the city.
“I’m impressed with these exceptional individuals who have been named for these awards. They add depth and value to the areas they are engaged in and to those people they are working with or competing against,” he said.
“The Citizens and Award recipients represent the wonderful talents, skills and commitment that we have in our City, from those who work on care for older people through to arts and culture, the sporting elite and community groups who work to provide lunches for the disadvantaged fleshing out the Australian values.”