WELL DONE: Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley with award winners,  Ashleigh Hewson, June Stevens, Richard ‘Dick’ Manwarring, Tarje Whitford and Ava Del Tufo, accompanied by Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis.


Shoalhaven City Council held its annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Wednesday evening in the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

The event which welcomed 34 new citizens and honoured community and sports people in the Shoalhaven, attracted over 330 guests.

Our very own Director, June Stevens has been named Shoalhaven Citizen of the Year, honoured for her long standing contribution to community service aiding families in the Shoalhaven.

June has been a Board Member since 2002. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Australian National Lifeline and Lifeline South Coast. She is a Foundation member of the Nowra Neighbourhood Centre and has been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over ten years. June is also a Board member of Kemblawarra Child Care Centre and was the Chair of “Shoalcare” for two years.

The event saw 34 people nominated for their outstanding achievements in the Categories of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.

“The award ceremony gives us all a chance to honour people’s accomplishments, those who give so much to our city,” said Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley.

“It is a time to reflect on the place where we live, reflect on how lucky we are to be Australian and, how lucky we are live in the Shoalhaven.”

“The people recognised today as both nominees and award winners define the aspect of our culture as a giving and supporting nation, where mateship is ingrained in all we do.”