At this year’s Australia Day awards, local Lennox Head surf coach Ben Dickens was awarded Sportsperson of the Year. Earlier this year he won the double at the 2017 Australian Surf Festival, taking out the Over 40’s Logger and Longboard National Titles. Ben is the second person to ever win the double in the same year. Ben uses his passion for surfing to engage troubled youth, the elderly and people with disabilities. He is a member of the NSW Surf Lifesaving Association and the Lennox Longboard Club. Ben combines his love of sport to make a difference in our community.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Grahame Marlowe as an ex-student of Ballina High School, Grahame gives back to his secondary school by helping students with special needs. Grahame is a proud Bundjalung man, shares a deep respect of his culture and people, wanting all of us to live collaboratively and cooperatively in a community that respects past and present Bundjalung people and country. Grahame has always been gracious in providing the Welcome to Country when called upon. An avid Sydney Rabbitohs supporter, you’ll often see Grahame on his mobility scooter decked out in his beloved team colours and ready for a conversation.
LOCAL HERO OF THE YEAR
Phil Chapman. For over 30 years Phil has helped many thousands of families through some very difficult times, officiating funerals for many, many years. A compassionate and caring man, involved in so many community initiatives such as Crowley Nursing Home, Ballina Youth Clubs, Legacy, a regular volunteer for the Catholic Church, and he also helps at the Ballina Hospital.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Sebastian Gallagher
SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR 2017 Ballina Country Music Festival
AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPER AND PEACEMAKER VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION AWARDS
As part of the Australia Day Honours three members of our community were recognised by the Australia Day Council, these awards are presented by the Soldiers of Peace International Association Oceania. Ballina Shire residents Allan Thomas, Pauline Maczkowiack and Liz Hill were awarded silver medallions and certificates for promoting the interests of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veteran’s Association.
For full information about all recipients visit the Ballina Shire Council website.