Woodenbong Hoy Club members during the Australia Day celebrations.
Woodenbong Hoy Club members during the Australia Day celebrations. Mel Mcmillan

15 years a Lifeline counsellor

MARY GIBSON, 83, of Kyogle, has won the town’s highest accolade, Kyogle Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Mrs Gibson was presented with the award at the Kyogle-Woodenbong Australia Day ceremony in Woodenbong yesterday.

She won the honour for her services volunteering for local charities, one of which was Lifeline where she worked the night shift as a telephone councillor for 15 years.

Mrs Gibson caught the school bus from Kyogle to Lismore once a week to man the Lifeline phones from 8pm until 6am, after which she would catch the 8am bus back home.

The Woodenbong Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ivy Reid for her commitment to community events.

West of the Range, at a ceremony at Tabulam Racecourse, the top citizen was Frank Burgess, a founding member of the Volunteer Bush Fire Group.

Kyogle Young Citizen of the year was awarded to Billy Bevan. Jared Smith and Georgia Geyer shared the honour in Woodenbong, while West of the Range the award went to Bonalbo Year 12 student Michael Tucker.

Kyogle’s Community Achievement Award went to Kathryn Kermode, of Homeleigh, for her work on the Community Koala Watch project.

In Woodenbong the Hoy Club, which has raised $21,000 over 25 years for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter, won the award.

West of the Range the Community Event of the Year went to Chris Scofield, of the Tabulam SES, for the SES cadet program he initiated at Bonalbo Central School.

In sport the Kyogle junior award went to Daniel Perry, the senior award went to Christopher Duley, while in Woodenbong the junior accolade went to Christopher Riley and senior went to Beryl Harris. West of the Range, Sportsperson of the Year was Katelyn Whitney, of Old Bonalbo.



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