Australia Day Awards time to honour Tweed Shire heroes
SOME of the Tweed's leading contributors were recognised when the 2015 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards were presented as part of the main celebration and citizenship ceremony at Kingscliff High School.
The highest honour, Citizen of the Year, was awarded to Tweed resident Fay Gleave, who has been sharing her knowledge on saving lives for 41 years.
Ms Gleave first became involved with St John Ambulance in 1958. In 2015 alone, she taught the finer points of first aid to more than 2000 students in northern NSW as part of the St John First Aid School program.
Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Kirk received the Young Achiever in Community Service Award for juggling an ongoing commitment to community service, volunteer work, high academic achievement at school and two part-time jobs.
The monthly '15 Minutes of Fame' event at Stokers Siding/Dunbible Memorial Hall won the Arts and Cultural Achievement Award. It is completely staffed by volunteers and has attracted a wide variety of professional and amateur performers of all ages.
Kingscliff resident Max Bryant took out the Sporting Achievement Award for his outstanding accomplishments in cricket and rugby league.
At just 16 years of age, Max was selected in cricket for an Open North Coast Cricket Team, the Gold Coast Dolphins 2nd grade team, the Queensland Under-17 team to play in the Australian Championships and the Gold Coast Titans Under-16 rugby league team, among many others.
A service project for Remembrance Day, organised by Quota International of Tweed Heads/ Coolangatta, was the Community Event of the Year.
Kenneth 'Mark' Eglington was celebrated as Volunteer of the Year for more than 25 years of service with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Mr Eglington rose through the ranks from fire fighter to Captain of the Cudgen Brigade. As a respected community member and self-employed small crop farmer, he advises land owners on fire permits and laws controlling pile burns. He received the Rural Fire Service National Medal, a testament to thousands of voluntary hours.