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Hurstville City Council celebrates 2013 Australia Day

Posted 29 January 2013 by (Hurstville News)

Hurstville City Council hosted its annual Australia Day Awards last (24 January 2013) night.

Many special guests attended the evening including Hurstville’s Australia Day Ambassador, Tony Hasham AM, FAICD; as well as Federal Member for Banks, Daryl Melham; Member for Lakemba, Robert Furolo MP; Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP; and St George Hospital’s Director of Cancer Care, Professor John Kearsley representing the Cancer Care Centre.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Jack Jacovou announced the Hurstville Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Young Sportsperson of the Year award winners.

The winners were (see attachment for further details):
Citizen of the Year Award – Debbie Hatton
Young Citizen of the Year Award – HY William Chan
Young Sportsperson of the Year Award – Carl Sanzari

Mayor Jacovou said Debbie has been a tireless community volunteer for more than 24 years and is a wonderful recipient of the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award.

“Debbie gives some much of her own free time to help others without hesitation and always puts her hand up when the need arises and often with short notice,” he said.

“Her great community work spans not just the Mortdale Girl Guides and the Sans Souci Brownie Group.

“Debbie is also both the events coordinator and secretary for the Georges River Team and for the past 15 years has organised the annual regional swimming carnival.

“In addition, she is an avid fundraiser assisting where ever she can with great enthusiasm and dedication to raise much needed funds for many causes.”

During the evening, Mayor Jacovou also presented the Director of Cancer Services at St George Hospital, Professor John Kearsley, with a cheque for $31, 232.60 representing the money raised at the 2012 annual Mayoral Golf Day.

“The local business community and residents raised money to help fund the Cancer Care Centre, a state-of-the-art facility for cancer sufferers,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Mayoral Golf Day Organising Committee and the Lugarno and St George-Hurstville Lions for all of their hard work in making this charity event such a resounding success.”

Mayor Jacovou said the celebrations will continue when Council hosts a special Australia Day Festival at Oatley Park on 26 January.

“Council is inviting everyone in the community to come along and enjoy food and market stalls, amusement rides and a range of activities for children at Steam Roller Park, as well as a big backyard cricket game at Oatley Park, between 10.00am and 4.00pm,” he said.

“More than 80 local residents will also receive their Australian citizenship at the festival’s main stage at 10.00am.”

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Information on Award winners

Citizens of the Year Award – Debbie Hatton
Debbie, for more than 24 years has nurtured and encouraged young girls as a Brownie Leader for 2nd Mortdale Girl Guides. In addition, eight years ago, Debbie was asked to temporarily take on the Sans Souci Brownie Group until another leader could be found. However to this day, she is still coordinating both groups spending a significant amount of her free time organising activities, camps and outings for the girls.

Nothing is ever too much for Debbie who without hesitation always puts her hand up to help others when the need arises and often at short notice.

Debbie is a wonderful community volunteer who gives so much of her time to this great community organisation, and indeed many others.

Her great community work spans not just the Mortdale Girl Guides and the Sans Souci Brownie Group. Debbie is also is both the events coordinator and secretary for the Georges River Team and for the past 15 years has organised the annual regional swimming carnival.

In addition, Debbie is an avid fundraiser assisting where ever she can with great enthusiasm and dedication to raise needed funds for many causes.

On behalf of Council, I congratulate you Debbie for your outstanding contribution to the Hurstville community and you are certainly a wonderful role model and an incredible asset to Hurstville City.

Young Citizen of the Year Award – HY William
HY William is a talented designer and aspiring architect who at just 22 years of age is ambitiously already at the forefront of both environmental and social justice causes both locally and internationally.

He is truly a passionate advocate who wants to take action and make a real difference to global poverty and justice issues both in Australia and around the globe.

HY William has taken an active role in many community organisations including World Vision and the VGen movement, along with representation of Hurstville and greater Sydney in the NSW Government Community Relations Commission’s Multicultural Youth Network.

HY William has also made a positive impact through his representation at many international conferences. In 2009, HY William had the opportunity through a scholarship to attend a ‘think and do tank’ to help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals that was held in South Africa.

In addition, in September 2012, HY William attended the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum hosted in Naples, Italy where as part of a Youth Assembly he helped draft the International Urban Youth Declaration.

More recently, HY William extended his design knowledge as part of a community project, Vivid Sydney 2012, whereby he created five sculptures, exploring the sustainable urbanisation in both Sydney and Hurstville’s CBDs.

Young Sportsperson of the Year Award – Carl Sanzari
Carl is a most talented 16-year-old student who strives to be the best sportsperson he can be and is a wonderful recipient of this award. He is a valued member of the St George Junior Baseball Club Under 17/2’s side and his motivation and dedication to the club is outstanding.

Carl has demonstrated exceptional club spirit and always strives for a personal and team best – every single game. He is a great mentor to his peers and volunteers without hesitation whenever required and often assists in the running of the canteen on game day.

In addition, Carl is now exploring the opportunity to attain his coaching accreditation and co-coaching in the 2013/14 season further cementing his commitment to not only his chosen sport but also his club.