Kiama LGA residents scooped the pools in the recent Kiama Electorate Recognition Awards presented by Gareth Ward MP and the Hon. John Ajaka MLC, Minister with responsibility for Volunteering.
While there were many worthy nominees from throughout the whole Kiama electorate, which stretches from Albion Park to North Nowra, all eight awards were to people from Gerringong, Kiama and Kiama Downs.
“All nominees in the 2015 Kiama Electorate Community Recognition Awards are a real credit to our local community,” Mr Ward said.
“I am extremely pleased that some committed and talented local volunteers and emergency services personnel could receive such deserving recognition here today.”
Here is a list of the winners and their citations at the awards. Congratulations to them all:
OUTSTANDING LOCAL VOLUNTEER
Darrell Clingan of Werri Beach for his community service as a volunteer patient transport driver for residents at both Blue Haven and Mayflower Villages, involvement with Gerringong Anglican Church and as Chair of the Gerringong South Precinct Committee.
JUNIOR SPORTS STAR
Jenna Bentley of Werri Beach for her victory in the 200 metres hurdles at
the 2015 NSW All Schools Championships event. Jenna is representing the state at the Australian All Schools Championships which are taking place in Melbourne in early December.
Alma Macpherson of Gerringong (pictured) for her determination in leading the
community campaign and petition to stop the inappropriate development of land in Gerringong.
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS PERSON
Marie Beikmanis of Lush Flowers & Gifts in Kiama for her outstanding contribution to the local community including the local markets. Marie is also currently serving her second term as President of the Kiama and District Business Chamber and is a well-respected local identity.
OUTSTANDING EMERGENCY SERVICE VOLUNTEER
Chris Warren from Kiama NSW SES Unit for his 33 and a half years’ service with the Kiama NSW SES Unit. Chris is a well-known and respected local who has dedicated much of his life to the Kiama Community and to helping others in their time of need.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON IN SMALL BUSINESS
Joint winners: Taylor Hudson and Jack Alexander from The Hungry Monkey in Kiama for their hard work and exceptional customer service.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG CITIZEN
Naomi Robinson of Kiama Downs for her significant fundraising efforts for the Kiama Relay for Life, Kiama Baptist Church’s Fashion Parade for Zoe’s Childrens Home in Thailand for children rescued from human trafficking, the Kiama Show Society and Kiama Little Athletics.
Bill Popple of Gerringong for his many years of dedicated involvement with the Gerringong RSL Sub Branch and the Gerringong South Precinct Committee. Bill is admired and loved by the local Gerringong community and known for his warm, friendly nature and community mindedness.