Over 200 people attended this years ceremony at the Showground Hall which looked great, it was oppressively hot so a great turnout.
We had two Citizenship Affirmations – Virenderpal Singh and David Abbott. The Oberon Rotary presented each with a native bush.
Citizen of the Year–Glen Stewart for his ongoing work in the community he is a member of the Oberon Rotary Club and helped to reinvigorate the club two years ago when it faced closure. Glen also serves as Vice President to the Oberon High School P & C, Treasurer to the Oberon Show Society, Oberon Showground Trust Board and the Oberon Multipurpose Indoor Sports Centre. As well as serving on the numerous committees previously mentioned Glen is currently working with the Oberon Youth Council to develop a youth leadership skills course and self development program.
Young Citizen of the Year - Bailey Armstrong for always putting herself forward representing the school in the local and broader community she has shown leadership qualities which will stand her in good stead in the future.
Sportsperson of the Year - Jess Ryan plays for the Oberon Tigers Women’s League Tag side. She turns up each week and competes to the best of her ability. In addition to her playing ability Jess regularly volunteers in a number of capacities including club photographer.
Young Sportsperson of the Year - Jorgia McFawn is a very talented sportsperson who always demonstrates great sportsmanship and is always willing to help others. She plays soccer, touch football, league tag. little athletics, swimming and all school sports.
Sports Teams of the Year -Oberon High School Under 16’s Rugby League Team. They competed in the NSW Small Schools Rugby League tournament contesting the grand final at Dubbo against Cootamundra winning the match to become the NSW Small Schools State Champions for 2018.
Community Event of the Year - O’Connell Fish River Festival. From its inception in 2013, the O’Connell Community Fish River Festival has grown to be a well renowned annual music festival. . With the recent drought affecting so many families from across the district, the 2018 event provided a great outlet for families to come along to socialize with the wider community and leave the drought behind for an afternoon of great music and community cohesiveness.
Volunteer/Volunteer Group of the Oberon Community Night Volunteers – Wayne Maher, Katie, Maher, Wayne Barker and Wayne White. Each year this group of volunteers organise the annual Oberon Community Night at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club. The event is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House and annually raises around $4,000 for the charity
Presentation of Australia Day Committee Special Award - Meg Lowe is a quiet achiever who has boundless energy and is committed to all aspects of the Oberon Community.
The Best Decorated Shop Window Award went to Oberon Outdoor & Electronic.
Thank you to the Australia Day working party who worked hard to ensure Australia Day was a success.