Ambassador heaps praise on Byron

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

ACTRESS Cornelia Frances may be famous for a swag of villainous roles, especially as hostess of the Missing Link, but she had only kind words for Byron Shire yesterday.

As Byron Shire's Australia Day Ambassador, Ms Frances praised the shire for its friendliness, artistic spirit and generosity.

"This area and its people are truly inspiring," she said.

The shire's most inspirational were rewarded yesterday, with community worker Tony McCabe awarded Byron Shire Citizen of the Year honours; while the inaugural Ocean Shores Art and History Expo, with the theme 'Paint the Brunswick River Bridge', was named Community Event of the Year.

Mr McCabe was commended by Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham for being a 'role model and mentor'.

In the 1980s, Mr McCabe was instrumental in the 'Save Byron Hospital' campaign, in the 1990s was a member of the Byron Hospital Project Committee, the Byron Hospital Planning Committee and involved in the redevelopment of Byron District Hospital.

Recently he represented Byron during discussions over the proposed Byron Shire Hospital and Ballina Hospital.

The Ocean Shores Art and History Expo was commended for giving the community something to celebrate and be proud of, and will now become an annual event.



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