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Hurstville City Council celebrates 2016 Australia Day

Posted 23 January 2016 by (Hurstville News)

Hurstville City Council hosted its annual Australia Day Awards last night (21 January 2016).

The evening was attended by a number of special guests, including Hurstville’s Australia Day Ambassador, Allan Sparkes (author and mental health and suicide prevention advocate), as well as Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP, Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP; and Member for Lakemba, Jihad Dib MP.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Vince Badalati 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 – Julia Goff
Young Citizen of the Year Award – Philip Chan
Young Sportsperson of the Year Award –
Matthew Dufty

Mayor Badalati said the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award recipient, Julia Goff, has dedicated many thousands of hours volunteering in the Hurstville community and is an outstanding example of a local citizen.

“Julia has volunteered her time for many local community organisations including; Lugarno Public School, Peakhurst South Public School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Peakhurst High School and Georges River Cricket Club,” he said.

“Julia is the first to put up her hand for fundraising opportunities that help the club and to assist in any way she can for the benefit of the club.

"The ongoing dedication Julia exemplifies is a real testament to her spirit of giving and commitment to the local community.”

During the evening, Mayor Badalati also made special mention about an upcoming charity event – the annual Mayoral Golf Day to be held on Friday, 4 March 2016.

“This event raises much-needed money for the Cancer Care Centre, which is part of St George Hospital’s Cancer Care Service,” he said.

“I am proud that over the past 13 years, Council has raised approximately $780,000 for this regional health facility.”

Citizen of the Year Award – Julia Goff
Julia has dedicated many thousands of hours volunteering in the Hurstville community.
Julia has volunteered her time for many local community organisations including; Lugarno Public School, Peakhurst South Public School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Peakhurst High School and Georges River Cricket Club.
Julia was proudly nominated by the Peakhurst Amateur Swim Club Inc for her commitment to the club.
The ongoing dedication Julia exemplifies is a real testament to her spirit of giving and commitment to the local community.
Julia is the first to put up her hand for fundraising opportunities that help the club and to assist in any way she can for the benefit of the club.

Young Citizen of the Year Award – Philip Chan
Philip is a human rights advocate, social entrepreneur and a recent University of Sydney Media/Law graduate.
Philip has shown dedication beyond his years and has demonstrated a great ability to lead and motivate others to achieve the very best they can.
Philip has achieved remarkable success in empowering young people to fulfil their potential to make a lasting change in our local community by advocating for human rights, education and youth participation.
With over a decade of social justice volunteering at home and abroad including volunteering for the United Nations, EarthRights International, and UNICEF, Philip has a genuine passion to serve others and to empower other young Australians.

Young Sportsperson of the Year – Matthew Dufty
Matthew is a talented football player who strives to be the best sportsperson he can be.
Matthew is a contracted player with the St George Illawarra Dragons and was also a local junior, having played with Penshurst RSL, Matthew graduated to the Holden Cup in 2014 after having previously represented the district in the Harold Matthews Shield and SG Ball competitions.
In 2014, he was selected to play in the NSW U/18 team where he played a starring role against Queensland.
Matthew is a fullback with blistering speed, which is a great attribute that has seen him score many tries across all levels.
He is also an outstanding role model for his peers and has a real passion for training and striving to be the best possible athlete he can be.

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