Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Award winners 2024  

Pictured (L-R):City of Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Paul Amos with Garreth Edwards (on behalf of Wayne Edwards, Citizen of the Year), Carol Cleary (Mayor’s Community Spirit Award winner), Deborah Baldwin (Sport and Recreation Award winner) and City of Coffs Harbour General Manager, Natalia Cowley.

Congratulations to the 2024 City of Coffs Harbour Australia Day Award winners!

Citizen of the Year: 

Wayne Edwards.  

Wayne's instrumental role in the CanDo Cancer Trust has helped provide vital support to cancer patients and their families. Through his involvement with Legacy, and through fundraising initiatives such as a charity ride and Dancing with the Stars, Wayne has helped support and raise funds for important community initiatives.  

Sport & Recreation Award: 

Deborah Baldwin.  

Deb's continuous service to Hockey Coffs Coast as a player, coach, manager, umpire, and administrator has greatly contributed to the development of the sport in the region. Her leadership and involvement in critical projects, including the establishment of an artificial playing surface and the renewal of facilities, has created a strong foundation for future generations of hockey players.  

Mayor’s Community Spirit Award: 

Carol Cleary. 

Carol's dedication to empowering the Eastern Dorrigo community has brought people together through various organized activities. From supporting during bushfires to organising health hubs and providing educational and career development opportunities for local children, Carol's contributions have significantly contributed to the well-being and resilience of the community.  

Read the media release.