Citizens share stories
AUSTRALIA Day at the Woodenbong Public Hall began with damper and billy tea, leading up to the flag-raising ceremony before official proceedings.
Guest speaker Dave Stace spoke of his life leading to his settling in Woodenbong. In his teaching role he reached the position of deputy principal, spanning a career of 37 years. Along with wife Glenda, he boasts three children and six grandchildren and spoke of the freedom of being Australian.
Guest Thomas George MP pointed out his Australian roots as an immigrant child and thanked his parents and Australia for his opportunities for a better life.
The Australia Day Address by the Ambassador of the day, Countess Natalie von Faber-Castell, enthralled the audience with the history of her immigrant family and how they had the opportunity to flourish and find their own direction.
The Youth Address was presented by the 2014 Woodenbong school captains, Lachlan Davis, Hannah Geyer and Chenoa Want.
Australia Day Awards
Citizen of the Year for Woodenbong went to Judy McKay, who was recognised for her tireless volunteering in many facets of Woodenbong's busy calendar over many years. She also worked for more than with 20 years with disabled persons.
Woodenbong Young Citizen was Sasha Geyer and Woodenbong Junior Sportsperson was Katelyn Grimmett. Woodenbong Community Event Achievement was the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Woodenbong- Urbenville Committee.
A special award was presented to Hilda Mahoney for recognition of her many years of untiring volunteering services.
Entertainers included a singer-songwriter, pianist and Woodenbong School Ensemble. All followed by the now famous Woodenbong spit roast rolls and fancy treats provided by the hard-working voluntary force of community and committee members.
The "City vs Country" Cricket match was the afternoon's highlight. A special feature this year was the Woodenbong Hotel arranging special guests to participate in the match, being Lew Cooper OAM, Queensland Wanderers club captain Dennis Lillie, who played for Queensland as a leg spinner, and Brad Murphy, captain of the Queensland Wanderers and coach of the Scorchers Queensland.
To continue the celebrations into the evening, the Woodenbong Hotel put on children's games and activities, raffles and live entertainment. This year a cricket bat signed by the West Indies and Australian teams of 2009 was raffled, with proceeds going to Woodenbong Rural Fire Brigade.