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2023 Australia Day Award Nominees

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix


With a very impressive line-up of individuals and groups nominated for the 2023 Australia Day Awards, the judging panel have completed the hard task of narrowing down the nominees.

“These exceptional community members from across the Cowra Shire have all contributed through their social, community, and volunteer roles to help enrich the lives of others. They have worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community,” said Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West.

Cowra’s 2023 Australia Day celebrations will start with a free community breakfast in Civic Square at 8am, followed by the official flag raising and World Peace Bell ceremony, before the awards presentation, citizenship ceremony and Australia Day ambassador address at the Cowra Civic Centre at 9am.

Please note nominations for the Community Group of the Year and the Dr Warren Whiley Memorial Award for Arts, Culture and Citizenship will be announced at the ceremony.

The nominees for the 2023 Cowra Citizen and Young Citizen Australia Day Awards are as follows.

Young Citizen of the Year

Laura Price attends St Raphael’s Catholic School and contributes to many local groups and activities from the Cowra Youth Council, the Cowra Eisteddfod, the Cowra Show Society volunteer youth group and a number of sports.

Benson Sullivan is the incoming captain at Cowra High School, but has regularly contributed to his community volunteering for community events and fundraisers with his band, PlusOne.

Cowra Citizen of the Year

Jennifer Friend has for many years contributed to Legacy, the Cowra Eisteddfod, the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society, Meals on Wheels, Cowra Community Chest and Cancer Action Groups.

Helen “Hell” Horton works tirelessly in our community, particularly with our youth, and is renowned for going above and beyond in her role with the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre.

Anne Jeffrey has been a valued member of the Cowra community for 20 years and has in that time made valuable contributions via her roles with Riding for the Disabled and the Cowra Wine Show Committee.

Marc McLeish contributes to the Cowra community in many ways, most prominently with the Cowra Magpies but also as a member of the Cowra Town Band, MC of community events and organising fundraising in times of need.

Ashleigh Ryan works at the Cowra Retirement Village and supports charities such as the Stroke Foundation.

Catherine Thompson is the unit controller of the Gooloogong State Emergency Service Unit and has worked tirelessly to keep Gooloogong informed and safe during recent flood events. She has also been involved in the SES’s First Responders team in Gooloogong for many years.

Della Toohey has made a significant contribution to our community over many years teaching local children to swim.

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