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May 18, 2022

Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year

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Jacqui Boyett, founder of the not-for-profit Global Ripple charity and op shop, is the Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year.

The announcement was made at Byron Shire Council’s Australia Day awards that were held virtually on January 25.

A press release from Byron Council stated, ‘Ms Boyett is well known in the community, and further afield, making true her organisation’s name, Global Ripple’.

‘Global Ripple raises money through an op shop in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate with proceeds used to support people in need locally and in places including India and Bali.

‘Ms Boyett’s Global Ripple charity has supported the Hot Showers project, in partnership with the Byron Community Centre, and the Women’s Collective.

‘It has also helped people in India cope with COVID-19, and provided funds to help rebuild a family home on Savu Island in Indonesia after it was destroyed by a cyclone’.

Eight categories

Eight categories recognised ‘the outstanding efforts’ of local people.

The other seven recipients were Kathy Norley, who was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year; former Byron Bay High School student Ella Whan, who was awarded Young Citizen of the Year; Narelle Anderton, who was awarded Volunteer of the Year; Kiahn Ladkin, who was awarded Creative Artist of the Year; Community Event of the Year went to Nina Mazri’s hundredth birthday celebration; Community Initiative of the Year went to the Library of Stuff; and Environmental Project of the Year went to Bangalow Koalas Community Wildlife Corridor, led by Linda Sparrow.

Byron Shire mayor Michael Lyon said people like Jacqui Boyett are the ‘true heroes in the community, always putting others ahead of themselves’.

‘The Australia Day Awards are our way of thanking and honouring the incredible people in our Shire who make such a difference to the lives of so many.

‘Your contribution to our Shire is very much valued and appreciated’, Mayor Lyon added.

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