Congratulations to Jamberoo’s Geoff Boxsell on being named Kiama’s Australia Day Citizen and Hannah McInerney, our Young Citizen of the Year for 2016.
From his youth, Geoff has had active involvement across a variety of areas. The former manager of the Jamberoo Dairy Factory and Dairy Farmers’ employee has long been a vocal advocate for the industry and for Jamberoo itself through the Jamberoo Ratepayers’ Association. He is also a member of Jamberoo Golf Club, Kiama Men’s Probus Choir, Kiama/Jamberoo Uniting Church, Terralong Drainage Union and Wollongong University Cricket Club.
A University of Wollongong Nursing student and worker at the Kiama Leisure Centre, Hannah is an energetic and dedicated community member involved as Club Captain of Kiama Surf Life Saving Club as well as the Brigade Training Officer for the Jamberoo Rural Fire Service. She is also a volunteer for AIME – the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience – which aims to help and encourage indigenous students to continue their education through school and university.
Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler praised the commitment and dedication of the winners and nominees and commended their community spirit.
“Once again we had an extremely strong field of nominees, any one of who would have been deserving of the awards in the seven categories,’’ he said.
“Each nominee had an impressive list of involvement and achievement detailing their commitment to our Municipality and the wider community. These sorts of people inspire us all and help to make Kiama the wonderful place it is.”
2016 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD WINNERS
Citizen of the Year: Geoffrey Boxsell
Young Citizen of the Year: Hannah McInerney
Sportsperson of the Year: Brandon Sosoli
Community Arts Award: Merelyn Pearce
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
Service to the Environment: Debra Moore
Community Achievement: Kiama SES National Rescue Competition-winning Team
Youth Achievement: Imogen Bakewell