The Australia Day Citizen of the Year category was open to Camden residents aged 21 years and over as at 31 December 2016 who given outstanding service and made a positive impact on part, or all, of the community in the past 12 months or longer.
Camden's Citizen of the Year for 2017 is Robyne Meek.
Robyne is strongly involved in the Quota International Club of Macarthur, the View Club and the Country Women’s Association, where she works tirelessly to raise funds and provide support to the disadvantaged. Robyne volunteers her time to a variety of worthy causes.
She helped start the Gumnut Guides in 1995 for children too young to join the Girl Guides, which is still going strong today.
She is always willing to help out those in need, not only with events and fundraisers but also assisting the elderly to run errands.
2017 Young Citizen of the Year
The Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year category was open to Camden residents aged 21 years and under as at 31 December 2016 who had given outstanding service and made a positive impact on part, or all, of the community in the past 12 months or longer.
Camden's Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 is Johann Marais.
Johann has been a long standing and dedicated member of the Camden Youth Council since 2012. He always presents a happy and friendly disposition and volunteers his time to assist with the planning, implementation and delivery of many Youth Council events.
Johann is always enthusiastic and driven when involved in the promotion of opportunities and services to local young people.
Johann is busy volunteering and assisting in the planning for the Youth Council’s Youth Week Program and the Airforce Cadets.
2017 Sportsperson Award
The Sportsperson Award recognised a committed sportsperson, coach, volunteer or official aged 21 years of age or over as at 31 December 2016 whose actions inspired and encouraged others while enriching the community through sport, healthy living or physical activity.
Camden's Sportspeople of the Year for 2017 is Guy Creber.
Guy Creber is one of the most successful triathlon coaches in NSW after developing his athletes over the last three years to become NSW champions. Guy devotes his time to creating programs, camps and training sessions for athletes of all abilities to help nurture their talents.
The personal sacrifice Guy has made, by giving up full time employment, to give his full attention, support and dedication to these athletes is admirable. Guy continues to organise physio sessions to educate young athletes on strength and conditioning to help them excel in fitness.
2017 Young Sportsperson of the Year
The Young Sportsperson Award recognised a committed young sportsperson, coach, volunteer or official aged under 21 years of age as at 31 December 2016 whose actions inspired and encouraged others while enriching the community through sport, healthy living or physical activity.
Camden's Young Sportsperson of the Year for 2017 are Hannah Trethewy and Nathanael Stewart.
Hannah is an exceptional cricket player who leads by example and encourages all with whom she plays. She is an inspirational role model who has mentored many junior cricketers. Hannah is highly organised, self-driven and excels academically whilst still being able to dedicate time to the sport she loves.
Hannah’s cricket representation has gone beyond the local Camden level to NSW and Australian representation. She was selected in the NSW Lend Lease Breakers Academy, training with the NSW Open’s Team 2015/2016.
Nathanael is a talented local hockey player who recently won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. His community
service commitment is readily demonstrated by his dedication to developing young players in the sport of hockey.
Most recently Nathanael won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. His community service commitment is readily demonstrated by his dedication to developing young players in the sport of hockey. The amount of time he gives to others is inspiring.
Pictured: Nathanael's father accepting on his behalf.
2017 Community Event Award
The Community Event of the Year recognised individuals, informal groups or formal organisations who had made a significant and beneficial contribution to the wellbeing or liveability of the Camden region through projects, activities or events held in the Camden Local Government Area during the 12 months prior to Australia Day 26 January, 2017.
Camden's Community Event of the Year for 2017 is awarded to Macarthur Lions ANZAC Run.
Macarthur Lions ANZAC Run is an annual event open to all ages and abilities with the intention to encourage participants to take part in a fun, local activity that promotes wellbeing whilst also supporting and remembering an important part of Australian history.
The event is entirely administered by volunteers under the management of Macarthur Lions Inc. The ANZAC run has been an annual event since 2009. The Macarthur Lions ANZAC Run is a charitable event with proceeds going to Lifeline Narellan.
2017 Community Group Award
The Community Group of the Year recognised groups who's tireless work and close contact with the community encouraged inclusivity and continues to make Camden an even better place to live during 12 months prior to Australia Day 26 January, 2017.
Camden's Community Group of the Year for 2017 is awarded to Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group (YAG)
YAG is a volunteer group made up of young people who are passionate about improving the lives and health of their peers in the Camden LGA. Some of the activities coordinated by the YAG include: peer-led workshops focussing on safe partying practices and mental health, road safety workshops and the #whyichoose campaign, which focusses on the effects of smoking.
YAG runs an interactive stall at Christmas in Narellan and assists with research into the youth community. YAG members have committed themselves to a rigorous training program to enable them to continue to deliver peer education programs.
For more information regarding Australia Day celebrations in Camden, phone Council on 4654 7777.