CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Jeff came to Kingstown as a small child, and now lives in Uralla with his wife Margaret. In 1997 he enlisted in the RAAF, and while serving overseas suffered severe back injury when a bomb carrier fell on him, crushing his spine. The injury has necessitated around 100 operations and procedures, and he continues to receive these treatments three times a year in an effort to keep pain levels under control. In 1989 he left the RAAF, returning to the family farm at Kingstown, and purchased the property "Granite Springs" at Kingstown, which he continues to work
Jeff joined the Uralla RSL Sub-Branch in 1991, and this year celebrates his 8th. year as President and his 28th. year of active membership. He was made a Life Member of the RSL in 2007.
He was chief organiser and co-ordinator of the Anzac Day parade, and ran both the Dawn Service and the mid-morning service. He once again ran and organised the Remembrance Day Service on 11th. November.
As a member of the Uralla Memorial Literary Institute Trust, Jeff took a managerial and active part in preparing the RSL meeting rooms for upgrade and refurbishment.
He is also a member of the Uralla District Show Society, and assists with the catering for the Show.
In spite of his ongoing battle with pain as a result of his injuries, Jeff continues to serve the RSL and the wider Uralla community with dedication and enthusiasm.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Matthew and Andrew Scott
Matthew and Andrew are brothers, Matthew 25 years old, and Andrew 24, and both live in Uralla. Matthew is Project Officer for the research company Invetus on campus at the U.N.E., and Andrew is Manager (Fruit and Vegetables Section) at Foodworks in Uralla. They both attended Kingstown Primary School and Uralla Central School. Matthew and Andrew give unstintingly of their time to the R.S.L. Sub-Branch and the R.S.L. Auxiliary, and on Anzac Day helped to provide breakfast for more than 100 community members, including veterans and their friends and families. They willingly gave their time and energy to cook, clean and fetch and carry seating, arriving at 5 a.m. and cleaning up after everyone has left. They have also both assisted with catering for the Uralla Show each year in the kitchen and manning the bar. In response the drought, Andrew left his employment in Lismore to return to Uralla in order, together with Matthew, to help his family save the farm.
While not twins, Matthew and Andrew work together in a symbiotic relationship to help in physical, practical and emotional ways to support family, friends, clubs and charities in the community of the Uralla Shire and beyond.
SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Wendy and her husband Dennis came to Kingstown thirteen years ago, and decided to take on the small business of the Kingstown store. Unfortunately, Dennis passed away four years ago, but with the support of the community, Wendy has continued to run the shop single-handed. She is currently Treasurer of the Kingstown Progress Association, and was the initiator of the selling of home cooking at the shop to generate funds for the school's P. & C. Wendy's role in the village is far more substantial than providing all the resources a small shop can give, seven days a week. It is an isolated rural shop, which is the hub of the community, and serves as a base and meeting place for organisations such as the RFS.
The school and pre-school receive a regular mail service and the opportunity to receive parcels at the shop is a huge benefit. Wendy collects parcels from the various freight depots in Armidale and Uralla on a purely voluntary basis, and this is a wonderful community service that she provides, saving time and travel costs to many.
Wendy has never denied a customer in need, often carrying a credit note until people can pay. She is held in high regard by all echelons of the community, and over the past two years as the impact of the drought grips our community, it is Wendy who sees the effect first hand, and it is her gentle nurturing way that has been a saviour to many residents.
JUNIOR SPORTING AWARD
Bronte is a sixteen years old student from Saumarez Ponds, whose sports are horse riding and rowing. She has been involved in equestrian sports from the age of four, and now competes at State and National level in show horse discipline at both school and open events.
Bronte was recently awarded the Equestrian Australia Secondary Show Horse Champion at Interschool Nationals, the best and biggest equestrian school based event in Australia.
Also during 2019 she was runner-up Show Horse Champion at Equestrian NSW, the qualifying event for Nationals, and N.S.W. team captain for Show Horse at Inter-School Nationals 2019.
Bronte has qualified for Grand Nationals 2020 - the biggest show horse event in Australia.
Marj lives in Uralla, and has been a volunteer member of a number of organisations for many years. She is a Charter Member of the Lions Club of Uralla, and currently holds the position of a Club Director on the Board, as well as that of Barbeque and Catering Co-ordinator, and is also Assistant Treasurer.
Marj is also a member of Friends of McMaugh Gardens, and was their convenor for many years. She also gives willingly of her time to help with other organisations, either pounding the pavement selling raffle tickets or behind the counter on a street stall.
Marj's willingness to participate and contribute to her community and organisations is worthy of recognition.
Therese is a retired school teacher, was born in Uralla, and has lived here since her retirement. During her teaching career she taught at many schools, and was Principal at some, including Glen Innes, where she became the first female principal in N.S.W. to lead a co-ed school. She also taught at a private girls' school at London, and at three Universities in China.
Since her retirement Therese has been a member of CWA, Red Cross, St. Vincent de Paul, Friends of McMaugh Gardens, and the Hospital Auxiliary, during which time she worked at the hospital kiosk on a voluntary basis. She played the organ for a number of years at services at the Catholic Church, and still plays the National Anthem at the Hospital Auxiliary AGM's.
Therese's valuable contribution to the CWA has been recognized with Life Membership, and still volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul shop. She spends time each week visiting at McMaugh Gardens, both to friends and also others who may not have anyone to visit them. Her kind, caring nature is greatly valued by those she spends time with, and is an example to many.
Kaye has lived in Uralla since January, 2009, having retired after a remarkable variety of stimulating and colourful careers, after 21-years as an air hostess/flight attendant with Qantas, travelling world-wide.
Kaye has been a McCrossin's Mill museum and function centre member and volunteer since August, 2009. She was Secretary for two terms, and is now Assistant Secretary. She has been a member of Uralla Red Cross since July 2009, held the position of Vice President for several years, and now the newly created position of Minutes Secretary.
She is a member of the Uralla Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliaries, and works on a voluntary basis at the hospital kiosk.
Kaye has been a Uralla Driver Reviver volunteer since 2012, and was elected chairperson in 2018. Despite her other commitments, Kaye cheerfully took on typing of articles for the Uralla Wordsworth and the Millers' Tales on a voluntary basis.
As a regular museum attendant, Kaye is a model for other volunteers, and they are all so very proud of her.
PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S POSTER COMPETITION
St. Joseph's School - Shyan Dodd, Matilda Boxsell, Kaitlyn Walters, Meredith Hannaford, Montana Hayes, Prestyn Mavin, Seth Munzenrieder and Cayden Bell.
Uralla Central School - Millie Hunt, Dylan Surawski, Millie Swift, Lexie Vanry and Becky Williams.
Kentucky School - Charlie Archibald, Izzy Carlon, Cooper Goodwin, Sophie Matthews and Erica Menzies.
Bundarra Central School - Marcus Azzopardi, Indiana Bayes, Chase Bradbery, Brydee Harper, Maddison Harper, Chantelle Kruger, Kadie O'Grady and Kayley Smith
Highly Commended Bundarra Central School Infants - Xzavier Belbin
Best Infants Bundarra Central School - Olivia Newton
Best from Uralla Central School - Tom Deegan
Best from Bundarra School - Hannah Palmer
Best from Kentucky School - Mollie Smith
Best from Kingstown School - Aaron Rowe
Best from St. Joseph's School - Jade Redmond
Equal Best Overall Jade Redmond and Aaron Rowe
Best School Bundarra Central
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