Awards recognise community spirit
The City of Karratha 2016 Australia Day Awards were held last Tuesday at a ceremonial breakfast at the Leisureplex.
The awards, hosted by former West Coast Eagles player Karl Langdon, gave recognition to those who had made an outstanding contribution to the community over the years.
John Lally took out the big prize of Citizen of the Year for his work in local government, small business and education.
Mr Lally was delighted by his win.
“It just makes me feel part of the community and it’s great to be recognised, but you don’t do all the work you do because of that, you just do it because you’re trying to be a part of the community,” he said.
Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association chairwoman Rose Best took out the Environmental Award for her work protecting and rehabilitating the region’s wildlife.
The association receives more than 1200 native animals a year, with more than two-thirds of those being released back into the wild.
The Community Spirit Award was given to Ian McGilvray, and Aimee Troy accepted the award for Young Citizen of the Year on behalf of winner Jordan Grigson.
Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service took out the Community Service Award and the Community Event/Activity of the Year went to the Karratha and Districts RSL sub-branch for the 100-year landing at Gallipoli Anzac Day commemoration.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the awards were a great way to honour those who had contributed so much to the community.
“For me, who’s been here 30 years, it’s terrific because I know so many of the people and I know what they’ve done over the years,” he said.
“It’s really good that we can actually reward them for all the volunteering and the free work that they’ve done for the rest of us.”
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long, second left, with Aimee Troy, accepting on behalf of Jordan Grigson, and winners John Lally, Rose Best, Rod Holmes, Tracey Payne, and Ian McGilvray.
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls reads out the poem Green and Gold Malaria alongside host Karl Langdon.