Australia Day awards
Young Citizen of the Year: Nicholas Currie
Nicholas was Kadina High School 2011 school captain, and recipient of the 2011 Leo Medal of Honour, the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership Award and a Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Aboriginal Citizen of the Year: Mitch King
Through his work with Youth Connections and beyond, Mitch provides support for school holiday programs, cultural days and activities. He is a respected young leader who cares about cultural connectedness.
Sustainable Environment Award: Mark Boronski
Mark is a teacher at South Lismore Primary School. He has developed the school Green Team and sustainability programs that incorporate energy and waste reduction, recycling, worm farming and composting.
Art and Cultural Award: James Riley
James has been a volunteer at the Lismore Musical Festival for over 20 years and is greatly admired for his talent and grace under pressure.
Sport Team of the Year: Glee Hockey Club A-Grade Team
The Glee Hockey Club, established in 1928, is the oldest women's hockey club in Lismore. Last year, the A-grade team won its 11th consecutive championship. The team members are recognised for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and being fine ambassadors for the game.
Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Matthew Tickle
Matthew is the current NSW Karate Champion, the Australian Open and National Heavyweight Champion and the Commonwealth Karate Champion. He won these medals after breaking his neck in 2008.
Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Hannah Britton
Last year, the Kadina High School student won a Combined High School Blue for swimming, five gold medals at CHS level and five gold medals and one silver medal at the All Schools (public and private schools) level. Hannah is profoundly deaf.
Services in Community, Group Award: Tropical Fruits
Tropical Fruits was established 24 years ago to create social inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in our region. The volunteers run the four-day New Year's Eve Festival; a family-oriented fair day; and are supporters of the Queer Fruits Film Festival.
Services in Community Award: Raymond Hunt
Ray has provided over 50 years of community service in both the Richmond Valley and Lismore. In addition to his commitment to the Coraki Golf Club and the Mid-Richmond Retirement Village, Ray has been a volunteer driver for Caroona and St Vincent's Rehabilitation Centre for 12 years.