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FORMER COOMA-MONARO REGION
Citizen of the Year - Kevin Dunne
Young Citizen of the Year - Gabrielle Kerr
Special Achievement Award - Daud Mohamed
Sportsperson of the Year - Michelle O’Neill
Young Sportsperson of the Year - Samuel Sergo
Community Group of the Year - Cooma North Public School
Rugby League Team
Community Event of the Year - Back to Cooma
Arts Person of the Year - Allan Spencer
Citizen of the Year - KEVIN DUNNE
Kevin commenced at Monaro High School as a
Mathematics Teacher in 1966. He went on to become
Principal at St. Pat’s.
Kevin continued his involvement in the community by
joining Rotary in 1999, he served a term as President. He has
participated in local and overseas projects. Recently Kevin
has become actively involved with Alzheimer’s Australia. In
2015 he received a Highly Commended NSW Carers Award.
We were very lucky to have him as our Local Ambassador
for Australia Day in 2013.
Kevin has been an inspiration and a hugely positive role
model for the youth of this region. He has been involved in
community work in countless avenues of service offering
counselling, support, advice and a shoulder to lean on.
Other nominees included:
Nominated for being a kind and caring woman. To mention
only a few of her various services to the community, these
include publicity officer for many organisations, writing her
column “Judy’s Jottings” in the Cooma Monaro Express, a
conscientious member of “Wrap with Love”, talented pianist
and bush poet.
Nominated for providing community transport, helping with
fund raisers and generally helping those in need.
Nominated for community service and helping people on a
Nominated for her legal knowledge and expertise,
coordinating the Breakfast Club, teaching French through
U3A and her involvement with the Snowy Monaro Arts
Wally Mills (Posthumously)
Nominated for being a person of drive and enthusiasm.
Wally’s achievements and service to the community are
too vast to mention today. He embraced the career-long
vocation of electrical engineering and a high achiever in the
Snowy Mountains Scheme. He was an innovative, clever
engineer with a critical and analytical mind.
Nominated for running a multi-award winning restaurant
and a person who gets involved in many charity and
Nominated for his service to the Cooma Monaro Sub
Branch of the RSL, organising fund raising and setting up the
plans for Anzac Day each year. He has also supported many
Nominated for his service as a member of the SES for 25
Nominated for his work with education at Monaro High
Nominated for being strong and caring for others. She has
spent many years volunteering at Yallambee Lodge and she
also delivers Meals on Wheels.
Young Citizen of the Year - GABRIELLE KERR
Gabrielle was a Year 12 student at Monaro High School
last year and was part of the Leadership Team. She was the
Leos President, Representative for Leos at the Recreation
Committee for Lions Park, Delegate for Leos at the Annual
Convention in 2016. She organised fundraising which
resulted in donations to local schools and the Leos Fun
Run at “Back to Cooma” which raised much needed money
for “Beyond Blue” She also organised the Inter-Schools
Debating Competition in 2016.
Only one nomination in the category received.
Special Achievement Award - DAUD MOHAMED
Daud travelled a long road from Somalia to make his home
here in Cooma. He is also involved with the local Somali
community and the Cooma Multicultural Centre, assisting
other people from diverse cultural backgrounds to connect
with each other and share their experiences and knowledge
with the community.
Daud is held in high regard and has become a respected
young leader in our community and region. He faced barriers
on his way, but is now an important and inspirational member
of the Cooma community.
Other nominees included:
Nominated as an exceptional educationalist on the
Monaro and recently celebrated 50 years of dedication to the
Nominated in recognition for his long service as a returned
World War 2 veteran and 60 years as a Justice of the Peace.
Nominated for supporting new arrivals in Cooma,
establishing the Multicultural Group and promoting greater
appreciation of cultural diversity.
Nominated for her personal achievement in completing a
Certificate 3 in Aged Care and caring for her special needs
son, as a single mother.
Community event of the Year - “BACK TO COOMA”
This was a wonderful event held over four days at Easter
last year. A dedicated, volunteer committee worked tirelessly
for over 18 months to organise the event which was designed
to celebrate Cooma, particularly in its hey-day of the 1950s,
60s and 70s. Hundreds of people travelled back to Cooma,
providing a significant economic and social boost to the
A special mention to the brainchild of the event – Rogan
Corbett; the committee, especially Donna Smith and the
Visitors Centre staff and many others.
Other nominee was:
Australian National Busking Championships TM
Nominated for being a highly successful event once again.
Arts Person of the Year – ALLAN SPENCER
Allan has organised the Cooma Music Competition and
also the Australian National Busking Championships TM. His
considerable determination, initiative and dedication has been
an advantage for arts in the region.
Other Nominee was:
Nominated as a young emerging fashion designer.
FORMER SNOWY RIVER SHIRE
Citizen of the Year - Louise Frolich:
Louise worked for over five years with locals, council and
businesses to get Jindabyne children the park they deserved.
Young Citizen of the Year - Lachlan Harrigan
Lachlan was nominated for Sportsperson of the year and
Young Citizen of the year.
Lachlan is a promising young triathlete cyclist. He
recently represented Australia in the under 19’s world
championship X-triathlon at lake Crackenback. He competed
in the inaugural L’Etape achieving first place in the under 25
category and nineth across the line.
Lachlan has been riding with the Jindabyne Cycling club
since he was in his early teens.
Community event of the year - L’Etape Australia
This award was presented to the Dalgety, Berridale and
Jindabyne Chambers of Commerce and their organising
FORMER BOMBALA SHIRE
Citizen of the Year - Colin Ryan
Colin was nominated for his significant contribution to
the sporting community in Bombala. His work in the revival
of Bombala rugby of the last few years, his coaching and
playing career in local basketball and his dedicated work on
the exhibition ground committee were some of the examples
used for his recognition in receiving the award.
Young Citizen of the Year - Thomas Regent
Tom Regent was nominated for this award due to his
commitment to his studies, his peers and to the Bombala
High School envrionment.
Community Event of the Year - Bombala Engine Rally
This biannual three day event celebrated the 10th rally this
year, with the ‘Working the Past’ theme. The numbers of
attendees and entrants were higher than previous years and
the rally attracted plenty of business for the town. A great
effort goes into organising this wonderful local event.
Meet our citizens of the year
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