Community service recognised at Australia Day awards

Four very deserving individuals were recognised with Community awards and one special resident was recognised with the Len and Joan Oxley award at Boorowa's Australia Day ceremony on Sunday morning.

Sina Banks, Jack Ryan, Chris Corcoran and Sharon Meere all received a Community award while Bede Morrissey was presented with the Len and Joan Oxley Award.

President of the Boorowa Australia Day Committee, John Snelling, said it gave the committee great honour to acknowledge some of the excellent people in the Boorowa community.

Speaking on each of the recipients, Mr Snelling said the committee didn't think they could say enough about what they done within the community.

"Sina Banks is a member of the Rotary Club, does a lot for the Show Society and has co-hosted the Biggest Morning Tea but does a lot more for the community," he said.

"Jack Ryan has been involved in the Irish Woolfest committee for a while and was the voice of the parade for a long, long time since we had the inception of the parade moving up into the main street.

"He is also a member of the Carinya Court committee, the Boorowa Show, a Boorowa councillor and member of the Rugby Club committee and Picnic Race committee.

"Chris Corcoran has been involved with the hospital board for many years and has been on extended committees, a councillor on the Boorowa Council for 18 years and had a stint as mayor, is on our Australia Day committee, the Irish Woolfest committee and a former Rugby Club player and coach.

"Sharon Meere does so much for this community, she coordinated the Blaze Aid visit after flooding a few years back, is a member of the Boorowa Rotary Club and does a lot of work with the Historical Society and the Museum, she a very staunch member of the Boorowa Australia Day Committee and part of the formation of the Boorowa Business Chamber," he said.

Mr Snelling said the Len and Joan Oxley Memorial Award had terrific recipients in the past and had another fantastic recipient this year in Bede Morrissey.

Mr Snelling described Mr Morrissey as "someone who has gone right out of their way to be involved in as much as they could in this town".

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, said that while Australians have a culture that encourages and admires collective effort, it was important we recognise individual achievements.

"My congratulations to the individuals that have been recognised today," she said.

"Your contribution to your community is invaluable and you should be very proud of what you've achieved."