Awards recog­nise com­mu­nity spirit

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Australia Day - ■ Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­tures: Louise Alling­ham

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.

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