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The delayed Tweed Shire Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony will be held this Saturday 4, February, from 2pm to 3.30pm (NSW) at the auditorium at the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre.

The event had been scheduled for Australia Day last Thursday at Tyalgum but was postponed because of heavy rains and flooded roads.

Recipients of this year’s Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will be:

  • Doreen Welsh (Citizen of the Year)
  • Rosie Kahl (Young Achiever)
  • Pottsville Beach Public School musical (Arts and Cultural Achievement Award)
  • Kane Townsend (Sporting Achievement Award Individual)
  • Kingscliff High School’s 17–19 years male 4 x 50-metre freestyle relay team (Sporting Achievement for Team)
  • Tweed Valley Equestrian Group – Power of Pink Dressage (Community Event of the Year)
  • Claire Chauvier and Georgina Harbottle (Academic Achievement Award)
  • John Lee (Volunteer of the Year).

The awards will be presented by the Tweed mayor councillor Barry Longland and the chair of the community-based Tweed Shire Australia Day Committee, Don Beck.

These individuals, teams and organisations are thoroughly deserving of their awards and it is wonderful to be able to finally have the opportunity to present the certificates, councillor Longland said.

It’s great that everyone has been so understanding and flexible about the event’s being washed out last week and re-scheduled.

I look forward to getting together with the awardees and their family and friends to acknowledge their contribution to our community, he said.

In a change to the usual Australia Day proceedings, a number of towns and villages will present their local awards following the official award presentations, as most community events were also cancelled across the Tweed on Australia Day owing to rain.

Community awards for Tyalgum, Tumbulgum, Bogangar, Uki, Murwillumbah and Burringbar will be presented to local heroes by community members from the Tweed Shire Australia Day Committee.

Chair of the Tweed Shire Australia Day Committee Don Beck said while it was unfortunate the Australia Day event had to be postponed, it was good that Saturday’s re-scheduled ceremony would bring together representatives from the whole Tweed community.

I’m pleased we were able to find a day which suited most people and not only present the shire awards but also provide a venue for the local awards, Mr Beck said.

Meanwhile, 40 Tweed residents, originating from 16 nations around the globe, are set to become Australian citizens on Saturday.

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