Hon Judi Moylan

Local Residents Honoured With Pearce Australia Day Awards

Federal Member for Pearce Judi Moylan today thanked 12 residents from the Shire’s of York and Northam for making their local communities better places to live. Mrs Moylan presented the volunteers with Pearce Australia Day Awards in recognition of the time and effort they dedicate to volunteer work, which benefits many people. “I have been holding these awards since 1995, and each year I am amazed at the number of worthy nominations we receive,” Mrs Moylan said. “We are very fortunate to have so many people that are willing to give up their spare time to do everything from raising funds for local projects and volunteering within their community. “Through their work, these volunteers have made a difference to many lives and our communities are much richer for their involvement.” Mrs Moylan said she was pleased a number of young people had been recognised in this year’s awards. “It is fantastic that our young people are being recognised by their communities,” she said. “All those nominated provide a wonderful example of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. That no matter whether you are old or young, whether you’re at school, retired or working, you can make a difference. “I congratulate all the volunteers here today and say thank you, on behalf of your communities, for your dedication, your effort and your time. Without you our communities would not be such wonderful places to live.” Details of recipients attached Andrew Reynolds Nominated for: Andrew has been nominated by the Shire of York for the outstanding level of citizenship he displayed during his time as a student at York District High School. Andrew’s list of achievements includes being elected as Head Boy and a member of the school council, he was also a Youth Parliament Member and winner of the school’s Year 10 Class Award, the Secondary Citizenship Award, the School Dux Award and the Health and Physical Education Award. Andrew is also a member of the York Emergency Services Cadet Unit, the York Fire and Rescue Service and is a valuable member of the York Junior Football Club. Teresa Earnshaw Nominated for: Teresa Earnshaw is a valued member of the York community involved in a variety of local groups and organisations. Since moving to York Mrs Earnshaw has played the old pipe organ at the Holy Trinity Church and is a pastoral assistant, paying visits to the Pioneer Memorial Lodge and Sandalwood House weekly. She is also involved with the York community radio station YorkFM and regularly presents programmes and does clerical work, as well this Mrs Earnshaw sings with the Cantara choir and plays piano for Companion Time. She also writes stories for and reads to local school children. Margaret Hewitt Nominated for: Mrs Margaret Hewitt has taught at the York District High School for the past nine years, in that time she has instituted many worthwhile programs that have not only benefited her students but the wider York community. She worked tirelessly to establish a school choir that has entertained a number of community groups such as the Seniors Citizens and has performed at many major community events such as the Christmas Concerts and the York Agricultural Show. As well as this Mrs Hewitt co-ordinates a Senior Citizens Appreciation Day that is enormously beneficial to the elderly citizens of York. She also works to promote environmental awareness amongst her students and has been said to enrich the lives of many people both young and old. Bart Atkinson Nominated for: Bart was nominated by the Shire of York for his sporting prowess. A member of the York Junior Football Club for four years Bart has stepped up to the senior club this year and has displayed a very professional manner. He is well-respected for his commitment, not only to games, but also to training and all Club events. His commitment, talent and professionalism has led to many accolades in the Avon Football League. He was not only named Fairest and Best in the York Football Club reserves team but also Fairest and Best for the Avon Football League, he is one of only a few players to receive this award in their first year of playing senior football. Fraser Jones Nominated for: Fraser has been nominated for his outstanding sporting achievements, particularly in the field of tennis. After winning numerous tennis tournaments throughout 2006 and 2007 Fraser was selected to represent Western Australia in the 2007 Bruce Cup. As well as this remarkable accomplishment Fraser was also selected a Faction Leader at York District High School in 2007 and has represented the school as various Interschool events. Catherine Britza Nominated for: Catherine Britza has proven herself to be a champion horsewoman – excelling in both Dressage and Showjumping. Catherine has represented the Balkuling Pony Club, as an individual and a team member and has competed for her zone at a State Level, and represented WA at the National Pony Club Championships in 2007. She is a valuable member of both her club and the York community. Liam Johnson Nominated for: Liam was nominated for a Pearce Australia Day Award for his outstanding achievements in Little Athletics. Liam is a member of the Maddington/Gosnells Little Athletics Club and travels to Gosnells every Saturday morning to compete. Liam is working towards representing WA at a National Athletics Meet in Singapore next year. Margaret Fleay Nominated for: Mrs Fleay has been nominated by the Shire of York for her commitment to the York Bowling Club. Since joining the club in 1980 Mrs Fleay has been an active member. She has held a variety of positions on the Ladies Committee including president, treasurer, captain, league delegate and is currently on the Match Committee and the League Selector. Along with this Mrs Fleay is also a club champion and has represented the Club on many occasions. Sally Read Nominated for: Catherine Britza has proven herself to be a champion horsewoman – excelling in both Dressage and Showjumping. Catherine has represented the Balkuling Pony Club, as an individual and a team member and has competed for her zone at a State Level, and represented WA at the National Pony Club Championships in 2007. She is a valuable member of both her club and the York community. Peter Tilbrook Nominated for: Mr Tilbrook was nominated for a Pearce Australia Day Award for his dedication and accomplishments in Harness Racing. He has had a lifelong association with the sport of Harness Racing as a reinsman, trainer, owner, vice president and currently a committeeman with over ten years service to the York Harness Racing Club. He has proven himself to be a valued member and friend to the Harness Racing industry particularly in York. Mark Davis Senior Nominated for: Mr Davis was nominated by Debra Franks for the outstanding contribution he has made to the Northam community. For 30 years he has displayed strong leadership to the young people of Northam. He founded the Avonvale Indigenous Cricket Academy, that is open to both boys and girls, indigenous and non-indigenous children and has strengthened community relationships. Mr Davis has also been a trainer and mentor to many Northam footballers and is a life member of the Railways Football Club. He is a highly valued member of the Avonvale School Council, is a counsellor at the Wheatbelt Community Drug Service and a dedicated community member and Aboriginal elder. A truly deserving recipient of a Pearce Australia Day Award. Belwyn Curry - Bowran Nominated for: Belwyn received a nomination for her outstanding achievements on the hockey field. Belwyn has competed in numerous competitions and held her own alongside older and stronger players. She was selected to represent the State in indoor hockey and has been described as a fair and courteous player. She is always willing to help her fellow players and donate her time to help with York Hockey Club fundraising events.

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