2019 Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards

Nominations have now closed…

Thank you to the groups and individuals who took the time and effort to nominate all the deserving nominees.
The contributions and accomplishments of all our nominees will be celebrated at the Australia Day Ceremony on Saturday 26 January 2019 at the Lennox Head Community Centre.
Details of the nominees and ceremony will be announced shortly.


What have our previous Citizens of the Year been up to?

Read their profiles in the Community Connect linked below: 

Australia Day Award Nominees and Winners 2018

Grahame Marlowe aus day 2018 citizen of the year
Citizen of the year - Grahame Marlowe

As an ex-student of Ballina High School, Grahame gives back to his secondary school by helping students with special needs. Grahame is a proud Bundjalung man, shares a deep respect of his culture and people, wanting all of us to live collaboratively and cooperatively in a community that respects past and present Bundjalung people and country. Grahame has always been gracious in providing the Welcome to Country when called upon. An avid Sydney Rabbitohs supporter, you’ll often see Grahame on his mobility scooter decked out in his beloved team colours and ready for a conversation. Grahame is always cheerful with a positive outlook, respectful, well respected and involved; all the attributes that epitomise being named the Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year.

Local hero 2018 Australia dayLocal Hero of the year - Phil Chapman
For over 30 years Phil has helped many thousands of families through some very difficult times, officiating funerals for many years. A compassionate and caring man, involved in so many community initiatives such as Crowley Nursing Home, Ballina Youth Clubs, Legacy, a regular volunteer for the Catholic Church, and he also helps at the Ballina Hospital. This Local Hero award recognises Phil as a quiet achiever who just gets things done with no fuss and no expectation of reward.
  • Sam Marriott
  • Graham Marlowe
  • Michael Koellner
  • Meredith Baylis
  • Leonie Dahl
  • Francis Quinn
  • Judith Zuill
  • Lt Wes and Debbie Bust
sportsperson award aus day 2018Sportsperson of the year - Ben Dickens
Ben won the double at the 2017 Australian Surf Festival, taking out the Over 40’s Logger and Longboard National Titles. Ben is the second person to ever win the double in the same year. Ben uses his passion for surfing to engage troubled youth, the elderly and people with disabilities. He is a member of the NSW Surf Lifesaving Association and the Lennox Longboard Club. Ben combines his love of sport to make a difference in our community.
  • Ben Dickens
  • Jack Hosking
Aus day 2018 young citizen of the year Young Citizen of the year - Sebastian Gallagher
Sebastian graduated Year 12 last year. During his secondary schooling at Southern Cross K-12 Sebastian was heavily involved in school and community activities. Sebastian was a driving force of the Student Representative Council, a proficient public speaker and consistently recognised by his peers for his leadership skills, but also kindness and compassion in considering the needs of all students. In 2017 Sebastian accumulated over 300 volunteer hours, quite a feat considering his community commitments and HSC studies. Sebastian’s community involvement and contribution is an enviable list including walking a youth record distance of 60km for Ballina Relay for Life, chair of the Ballina Junior Chamber of Commerce, five years as school SRC representative, active member of the Ballina Players, active member of the Gold Coast Roller Derby community and Leo Club executive member.
Aus day 2018 Senior citizen of the year Senior Citizen of the year - Freda Bishop
Freda has devoted her whole life to the service of others, helping vulnerable children in our community. Freda and her husband Peter have provided a loving and caring home for almost 20-children, as well as their biological children. On moving to Lennox Head, Freda was appointed Head Gymnastic Coach at the Byron Bay Services Gymnastic Club taking groups of children to compete in the best sporting facilities in Australia. Aside from her gymnastics involvement, Freda has been the genesis of positive change for many young people; putting everything on hold to ensure they have the best possible upbringing so that they may grow into outstanding citizens. Her compassion for her children, grandchildren and people in general is unwavering.  
  • Leonard Rix
  • Thelma Riches
  • Richard Parker
Community Event of the year - 2017 Ballina Country Music Festival
2017 Ballina Country Music Festival was a roaring success staged over three days in November with over 10,000 people in attendance. Visitors travelled from all over New South Wales, Australia and internationally to celebrate country music and inject tourism dollars into our local economy. The festival is now recognised as a major regional country music festival, and a change in format by moving the festival markets to Cherry Street, was an overwhelming success with festival goers. 
  • Alstonville Show 2017
  • Melbourne Cup Luncheon (Ballina Meals on Wheels) 2017

2017 Australia Day Award Winners

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