Mayor Congratulates 2023 Australia Day Award Winners and Citizens

Published on 26 January 2023

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Three local legends have been recognised for their achievements and community spirit at Coffs Harbour’s annual Australia Day Awards. 

The Award Winners were announced at a ceremony at the Botanic Garden where 98 new Australians also received their Citizenship.

“It was an honour to congratulate all the Award Nominees - those absolute heroes who do so much for our community - and who were nominated by their peers for an Australia Day Award. No Award Nominee is the kind of person to big-note themselves, so it’s great to see them getting the kind of recognition they really deserve,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Paul Amos.

“I was also very pleased to be the first to congratulate the City of Coffs Harbour’s newest Australian Citizens,” he said.

Citizen of the Year
Helen Mears (pictured above)

Mayor’s Community Spirit Award 
Ian Taylor (pictured below)

Sport and Recreation
Ryan Gilchrist

Award Nominees' Achievements - Australia-Day-Awards-2023-–-Nominee-Summaries.pdf(PDF, 426KB)

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