Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards 2023

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Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards are now closed.

The awards are about celebrating local people and the different ways they contribute to our community and are part of the Australia Day Celebrations for 2023, organised by Shoalhaven City Council, in conjunction with the Australia Day Council NSW.

Categories

There are eight award categories, including:

  • Citizen Award - 25 years and over
  • Young Citizen Award - 24 years and younger
  • Sports Person - 19 years and over
  • Junior Sports Person - 18 years and younger
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Environment - Highlights nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment within the Shoalhaven
  • Outstanding Emerging Artist - Open to artists of any age, practising any art form, including writers, visual/digital artists and performers etc.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture - Open to both artists and non-artists contributing to the arts in any capacity
  • Outstanding Contribution to an Inclusive Shoalhaven - Acknowledges nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to making the Shoalhaven a more inclusive community for people of all abilities, ages and/or culture.

The Awards Presentation

The Awards was presented by the Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council, at the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards are now closed.

The awards are about celebrating local people and the different ways they contribute to our community and are part of the Australia Day Celebrations for 2023, organised by Shoalhaven City Council, in conjunction with the Australia Day Council NSW.

Categories

There are eight award categories, including:

  • Citizen Award - 25 years and over
  • Young Citizen Award - 24 years and younger
  • Sports Person - 19 years and over
  • Junior Sports Person - 18 years and younger
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Environment - Highlights nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment within the Shoalhaven
  • Outstanding Emerging Artist - Open to artists of any age, practising any art form, including writers, visual/digital artists and performers etc.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture - Open to both artists and non-artists contributing to the arts in any capacity
  • Outstanding Contribution to an Inclusive Shoalhaven - Acknowledges nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to making the Shoalhaven a more inclusive community for people of all abilities, ages and/or culture.

The Awards Presentation

The Awards was presented by the Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council, at the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

  • 2023 Australia Day Award Winners Announced

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    The winners of the 2023 Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards have been announced, with the awards recognising outstanding contributions across eight categories including the arts, environment and contributing to building an inclusive Shoalhaven.

    The awards ceremony, held in Ulladulla, was hosted by Shoalhaven City Mayor Amanda Findley and featured guest speaker Peter Dover from Salt Ministeries.

    Cr Findley congratulated all award winners and nominees for their terrific work over the past year for their being dedicated, selfless and community-minded individuals who's contributions have helped to make Shoalhaven an even better place to work, play and live.

    The overall winners for each category were:

    • Outstanding contribution to arts and culture: Dora Rognvaldsdottir

    An outstanding contribution to arts and culture, Dora has transformed people’s lives through community art. Amongst her many achievements, she brought the community together to create Ulladulla's Gateway sculpture which rises up as symbol of resilience after the Black Summer bushfires. For more than 30 years Dora has inspired thousands of people and made art make art accessible to everyone.

    • Outstanding emerging artist: India Slaughter

    An outstanding contribution as an emerging artist, India has overcome living with a chronic disease to channel her creativity into art. She has provided a platform for others to share their health journeys and their stories through this outlet. India has also turned her talent and passion into a successful commission-based business.

    • Outstanding contribution to an inclusive Shoalhaven: Alex Paton

    An outstanding contribution to the Shoalhaven, Alex has been a leader in the scouting community for more than 40 years. He's also a founding member and played pivotal roles in the Bay & Basin and Sanctuary Point Men's Sheds. Passionate about the ongoing welfare of our community, Alex remains a tireless advocate for veteran causes.

    • Outstanding contribution to the environment: Julie McQuarters

    An outstanding ambassador, Julie has dedicated herself to generations of Girl Guides in the Shoalhaven. Teaching valuable life skills, Julie is known for creating safe, supportive and inclusive environments for our young people. She has imparted her wisdom about wildlife, recycling, and the Australian bush to create the next wave of environmental custodians.

    • Junior sports person of the year: Jessica Kann

    An outstanding contribution to sport, Jessica is a hard-working and inspirational member of the Milton Ulladulla Athletics club. Jessica's impressive long-distance running achievements have made her a well-respected member of the community. Her tireless training and athleticism has paid off with a long list of cross-country and championship wins in 2022.

    • Sports person of the year: David Eddington

    An outstanding contribution to sport, David is an international medal winner, coach and role model for the Shoalhaven Rowing Club. It's David's unwavering passion for the sport, and ability to encourage and promote rowing that makes him so remarkable. He also organises the yearly Head of the River to showcase the mighty Shoalhaven River.

    • Young citizen of the year- Shoalhaven Medal: Bridget Raftery

    An outstanding contribution to the Shoalhaven, there's literally nothing Bridget can't do. She's an outstanding sportswoman, a youth campaigner and a volunteer worker who uses her skills and passion to fundraise, raise awareness, and create a better world. From her 10-years' service medal from Jervis Bay Netball Club to campaigning again bullying and prejudice, Bridget's achievements are far-reaching and remarkable.

    • Citizen of the year – Shoalhaven Medal: Frederick Campbell

    An outstanding contribution to the community through his veteran advocacy. Fred served our country for more than 35 years and has been a tireless fundraiser and ambassador for veterans and their families. With a focus on creating awareness around veteran health and wellbeing, Fred has changed and saved lives through his career and volunteer work.

    The Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards are held annually.

    Photo: Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley with Citizen of the year – Shoalhaven Medal winner, Frederick Campbell

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