Music, barbecues, speeches, citizenship oaths, a parade, and splashing around at the pools, marked Australia Day 2017 in the Upper Hunter Shire. During the 2017 Australia Day ceremony in Scone, five Upper Hunter residents took the citizenship oath, becoming Australian citizens.
Ceremonies were held in Scone, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Aberdeen where audiences heard inspiring stories from Australia Day Ambassadors writer Dr Benjamin Veness in Scone and Aberdeen, in Murrurundi Greg Donovan founder of Born to Run, and Merriwa had two Ambassadors, Pauline Carrigan from Where There’s a Will Foundation and John Paul Young OAM.
Outstanding Upper Hunter citizens were recognised with Australia Day awards.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood presented the Upper Hunter Shire Citizen of the Year award to Joan Manning and Upper Hunter Shire Young Citizen of the Year award to Rachel Pittman.
TOWN AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD WINNERS
Citizen of the Year Max and Denise Bell
Young Citizen of the Year Edan Tickle
Achiever of the Year Sheree Gray
Young Achiever of the Year Rowan Bateman
Community Group of the Year Aberdeen Men’s Shed
Special Award for Individual Achievement Barrie Lawn (awarded posthumously)
Citizen of the Year Jim Alker
Young Citizen of the Year John Cronin
Achiever of the Year Suzanne Duggan
Young Achiever of the Year Lachlan Walmsley
Sustainability in Business Max McNaught
Environmental Achievement Jack Carrigan
Community Group of the Year ROAR Merriwa Central School
Citizen of the Year Diane McLoughlin
Young Citizen of the Year Lacey Cornall
Achiever of the Year Mandy Archibald
Young Achiever of the Year Sophie Edmonds
Achiever of the Year in the Field of sport Phil Ledgerwood
Community Group of the Year Murrurundi SES
Hunter McLoughlin Citizen of the Year Joan Manning
Young Citizen of the Year Rachel PittmanAchiever of the Year Gregory (Reg) Riley
Young Achiever of the Year Kirsten Smith for all-round achievement and Campbell Jones for sports achievement
Community Group of the Year Scone Support Group Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Special Award for Long Term Excellence in Cultural Services Scone RSL Pipes and Drums
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