Long-term Brunswick Heads resident Kim Rosen was announced Byron Shire citizen of the year at a ceremony on Australia Day.
And being the sort of person she is, Kim spontaneously threw her arms around 15-year-old, Azlan (Azi) Currie, who was declared young citizen of the year.
Kim was chosen for ‘[inspiring] the Brunswick Heads community with her extensive involvement as a facilitator, co-ordinator or team member in an immense number of community projects’.
‘She is tireless and selfless in representing Brunswick Heads on various tourism bodies such as VIA Byron and the council’s Tourism Advisory Council. She maintains resounding commitment to the preservation of Brunswick Heads in line with the town branding of Simple Pleasures,’ a council spokesperson said.
Azi, a year 9 student at Mullumbimby High School, ‘has demonstrated a strong and enduring commitment to community at both a local and state level’.
Azi has been a member of the Byron Youth Council for the past three years and has advised on issues concerning younger residents of the shire, as well as organising youth related activities.
In 2013 she became the youngest person to be appointed to the NSW junior parliament.
In other presentations, Byron Bird Buddies won environmental project of the year and Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim was announced best community event.
Junior sportsperson, for the second time, is runner Marlie Campton; senior sportsperson is cricketer Greg Daniels.
Byron’s volunteer of the year is Lyle Le Sueur, chosen for his dedication to the Bangalow community through groups such as the soccer club and the skate park.