Lake Council Honours Citizens

At Friday evening’s (22 Feb) Lake Macquarie Awards, Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said they celebrated the City’s elite sportspeople, imaginative innovators and generous volunteers.

These awards shine a light on the abundance of talent and generosity across our wonderful City.”

They are a celebration of local people who enhance the social, cultural, economic and environmental functions of the city or for raising Lake Macquarie’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally.”

Citizen of the Year ~ Kerriann Dunn

Kerriann is a prime example of what it means to have community spirit, compassion and desire to contribute to the city in positive ways. Even after considering the hours of volunteering and the diversity of work she undertakes, the impact that Kerriann has made for Lake Macquarie City is immeasurable.

She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal rights and is an active leading member of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the Itji Marru. In her role at the Southlakes Marketplace Morisset Foodbank, Kerriann has been pivotal in attracting a 30 per cent patronage of men over the age of 60. Starting with just one older man, Kerriann’s attentiveness is what helped to increase the patronage of this hard-to-reach demographic.

Kerriann also holds volunteer leadership positions at Southlake Marketplace, Southlake Community Drug Action Team, Morisset High School Parents and Carers, and is a Senior Team Leader at the Lake Munmorah Foodbank.

This is just a scratch at the surface of the extensive work that Kerriann does for our community.

Category Winners:

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Ky Willott (Hockey) and Jessica Pickering (Trampolining, diving)

Young Citizen of the Year – Ky Willott

Volunteer of the Year – Patricia Buttsworth

Norm Johnston Memorial Administrator/Volunteer of the Year – Brett Austine (Trampolining)

Community Group of the Year – Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie

Sports Scholarship Award for Athlete with a Disability – Erin Cleaver (Athletics)

Masters Sportsperson of the Year – Jenny Enderby (Orienteering)

International Children’s Games Fair Play Award – Bryce Webber (Athletics)

Sportsperson of the Year – Ty Swadling (Trampolining)

Citizen of the Year – Kerriann Dunn

Volunteer of the Year ~  Patricia Buttsworth

Patricia is voluntary treasurer of the Belmont Branch of the United Hospitals Auxiliary ‐ a position she has held for 18 years. The Belmont Branch has raised more than $1,000,000 over the past 18 years. Last year, a donation of $90,000 was given to Belmont Hospital from the Auxiliary’s Belmont Branch. Patricia played a huge role in achieving this. Patricia also holds other voluntary positions such as:

  • Treasurer of the Belmont North/Redhead Anglican Church;
  • President of Belmont North/Redhead Mothers’ Union;
  • Member of the Belmont North/Redhead Anglican Parish Council;
  • Member of Probus; and
  • Fund raising officer for the Thomas and Jane Rose Family Society Inc.     
Community Group of the Year ~ Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie

Operated by 145 volunteer members, Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie is a locally based division of Marine Rescue NSW. The group provides emergency response, on-water assistance, Swansea Bridge bookings and training to the public. It also provides an avenue for people to come together, gain skills, connect and contribute to the local community as a member of the group.

Every year the group deals with more than 38,000 phone and radio calls, and assists with rescuing about 1,500 swimmers, rock fisherman, kayakers, boaters and sailors. Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie also services the Sydney to Hobart, Sydney to Noumea and the Sydney to Gold Coast yacht races. Another important aspect of their work is training about 470 people each year in marine licensing, coastal navigation and practical aspects of boating. It’s not only the lives of the people they save that creates a lasting legacy, they have an ongoing impact on the people they educate and the members they unite.

Athletes with Disablity ~  Erin Cleaver, Athletics

Already a Lake Macquarie City sporting superstar, Erin took out last year’s Sportsperson of the Year and Disability award categories. Erin was selected to represent Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she won silver in the T38 Para Long Jump and was a finalist in the T38 Para 100 metre Sprint events.

Erin also competed at the Australian Open Athletics Championships, winning Bronze in the Para Long Jump. At the NSW Open Athletics Championships, Erin won Gold in the Para 100 metre Sprint and the Para Long Jump events.