Young Byron Shire winner has big hopes
BYRON Shire's Young Citizen of the Year, Azi Currie stands out like a beacon of hope for the next generation of would-be politicians.
The Mullumbimby High Year 9 student has been a member of the Byron Youth Council for the past three years and in 2013 she became the youngest person to be appointed to the NSW Junior Parliament, representing Ballina in the Legislative Assembly.
Miss Currie said she was honoured and touched to receive the award.
"I think it's quite interesting to see how the government runs our country and the role our country plays with other countries," she said.
"I'm hopeful for what politics and politicians can deliver for the country, especially when my generation gets through and become the leaders.
"I'm really excited about what changes we can make because I think we are a very different generation."
A big crowd was on hand at the Suffolk Park Hotel to catch a glimpse of Australia Day ambassador Donny Galella, fashion stylist from Channel Seven's Morning Show, and to hear the Australia Day Address delivered by Rodney Halpin, long-time volunteer with the Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade.
"I tried to mix in a little bit of history of what Suffolk Park is about and the importance of volunteers to the community here on the North Coast," Mr Halpin said.
"I have gotten a lot of pleasure and reward from my volunteer service."
Other recipients of Byron Shire Australia Day Awards were:
Environmental Project of the Year - Byron Bird Buddies
Community Event of the Year - Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim
Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Marlie Campton
Senior Sportsperson of the Year - Greg Daniels
Volunteer of the Year - Lyle Le Sueur
Citizen of the Year - Kim Rosen