Australia Day Award Winners
Volunteers, athletes and advocates were all honoured in the Australia Day awards on the Northern Beaches.
Mayor Michael Regan paid tribute to the award winners, who were selected from a record number of nominations across six categories, including the inaugural Senior Citizen of the Year.
“On behalf of the community, I thank our Australia Day Award winners for their outstanding and diverse contributions towards making the Northern Beaches an even better place.
“More than the sum of its beaches, the Northern Beaches is a wonderful area because of the residents who contribute to the social fabric of our community in so many ways,” Mayor Regan said.
Citizen of the Year: Maria Elena Chidzey, of Balgowlah, for her lifelong dedication to serving others and promoting multiculturalism and diversity by advocating for migrants, refugees and other disadvantaged groups.
Senior Citizen of the Year: Harry Eliffe, of Curl Curl, for more 30 years of volunteer service with Council and his tireless work regenerating and beautifying South Curl Curl headland.
Young Citizen of the Year: Aiden Baldwin, of North Balgowlah, for being an outstanding role model and mentor to teenage girls and other youth through her volunteer work with Australian Girl Guides, her involvement with martial arts and her years of volunteer surf lifesaving service.
Sportsperson of the Year: Cameron Malone, of Curl Curl, for dedication and excellence in his chosen field of gymnastics and his commitment to raising the profile of the sport by inspiring and supporting younger athletes.
Community Event of the Year: Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services ‘Go Wild Gala’ black tie ball which raised funds to purchase and equip a much-needed mobile wildlife clinic.
Outstanding Community Service: Robert Aitken of Freshwater, Lauren Brincat of Dee Why, Kellie Carroll of Mona Vale, Lorraine Clarke of Narrabeen, David Cowell of Allambie Heights, Eleanor Eakins of Forestville, Kevin Estreich of Manly Vale, Malin Frick of Manly, Tracey Hare-Boyd of Balgowlah, Natalie Harrison of Manly Vale, Heather Milnes of Balgowlah, community organisation Parkrun Curl Curl - director Kim Joss - Sean Rout of Freshwater, Julie Stewart of Manly, Barry Williams of Curl Curl.