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Rewarding Clarence’s outstanding citizens

THE Eastern Shore’s outstanding citizens have been awarded for their contributions to the community at a special Australia Day ceremony on 26 January.

The City of Clarence Australia Day Awards were presented by ambassador John X and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman on the Bellerive Boardwalk.

“Our award recipients demonstrate community spirit at its best,” Mayor Chipman said.

“Along with all our nominees, they are committed to their community and to helping others.

“Their work helps to create a vibrant, welcoming and positive community.”

South Arm resident Kerry Scambler has been announced as the 2019 City of Clarence Citizen of the Year.

Described as a “community connector”, Ms Scambler has helped to drive a number of positive outcomes for the South Arm community through leadership roles with the South Arm Peninsula Residents Association (SAPRA).

She has served as secretary, treasurer and president for more than 20 years and has been president for the past six years.

Ms Scambler has driven and strongly supported many activities, such as SAPRA’s management of the community centre, the establishment of the Convict History Trail, and the implementation of the community bus serving her community – a partnership between SAPRA, the Risdon Vale and Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centres and Council to provide greater transport for those socially or geographically isolated.

“Kerry is described as someone who gets things done in her community and she has certainly been a strong and passionate voice for residents of the South Arm area,” Mayor Chipman said.

The Senior Citizen of the Year was jointly awarded to Robin Pulford and Shirley Morrisby.

The award recognises Ms Morrisby’s commitment to the Country Women’s Association through leadership roles with local branches of the CWA (Sandford, Bellerive and the Southern Group) and the state body.

Among her achievements, she has also delivered programs to newly arrived Sudanese families, teaching them shopping and cooking skills.

Mr Pulford has served his community through membership and leadership of the Lions Club of Clarence, giving more than 20 years to the club.

He is currently the co-chair of the Clarence Plains One Community Together steering committee, and provides leadership in projects associated with the Clarence Plains Clean-Up.

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Emma-Lee Dalgliesh, an active member of the Clarence Youth Network Advisory Group (YNAG).

Emma-Lee has been active on a number of projects, in particular the “Our Shared Spaces” initiative between YNAG and the Clarence Positive Ageing Committee, to reduce generational barriers.

She has taken on a leadership role on a number of activities such as Generation Trivia and was selected to represent the group on these learnings at the second national Age Friendly Forum in Bellerive in 2017, and the International Federation of Ageing’s Global Conference in Canada last year.

Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Eastlands Santa Parade.

Organised by the Eastlands Centre Management in partnership with Tasmanian Police, schools and community groups, the parade attracts a crowd of 4000 and brings the Eastern Shore community together to celebrate Christmas.

Along with the announcement of award winners, 29 new Australian citizens from 12 countries (Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Bhutan, Spain, the UAE, Bulgaria, the Philippines, China, the UK, Thailand, South Africa) were welcomed at a ceremony on the Boardwalk.

More information on the City of Clarence Australia Day Awards recipients and nominees can be found on Council’s website at www.ccc.tas.gov.au/community/community-services/australia-day-awards.

Caption: From left, 2019 City of Clarence Australia Day Awards winners Kerry Scambler (Citizen of the Year), Eastlands Centre Management’s Kimberley Hogg and Emily Fish (Eastlands Santa Parade – Community Event of the Year), Robin Pulford and Shirley Morrisby (Senior Citizens of the Year), and Emma-Lee Dalgliesh (Young Citizen of the Year).