Australia Day Special Awards

Hundreds of residents, visitors and guests gathered in Centennial Park on Saturday to celebrate Australia Day. During the official proceedings several special awards were made and five people became Australian citizens.

Citizen of the Year - Vern Dunning

A 20 year history of volunteering for many organisations, particularly the RFS. He is reliable, honourable, dependable, humble and dedicated.

Young Citizen of the Year - Robert Shearer

Robert is head of vocal department at the Cooma School of Music. He is a responsible young man who is a role model to both young and old.

Special Achievement Award - Elizabeth Laught

Elizabeth initiated the Cooma Public School Breakfast Club for needy children. She is instrumental in the continued operation of Cooma Arts Council and the U3A and she assists in adult education at TAFE.

Sportspesron of the Year - Myrtle Boate

Myrtle is a local of 95 years who has lived all her life at Peak View. She is a tennis icon, starting at the age of six and she still plays twice a week. Tennis brings her good health, friendship and fun.

Young Sportsperson of the Year - Jacob Suthern

At just 7-years-old, Jacob decided to take part in the YMCA National Swimathon last year. He swam an incredible 600 metres, six times his goal, and has raised $1,442 for local children with special needs. He will be taking part again this year.

Community Event of the Year - Australian National Busking Championships.

Community Group of the Year - Cooma Branch, Country Women's Association of NSW.

New Australian Citizens - Gary Ross Cox, Fang Huang, Jing Xian Huang, Holly Ruth Regan, Christian Pablo Tagtachian.

Photos: Roslyn Carroll

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