Preview to 2019 Lake Macquarie Awards at Caves Beach on February 22

RECOGNISED: Morisset entertainer Toni McLean - AKA Auntie Molly - has been nominated for Citizen of the Year for her contribution to local causes over many years. Picture: David Stewart
RECOGNISED: Morisset entertainer Toni McLean - AKA Auntie Molly - has been nominated for Citizen of the Year for her contribution to local causes over many years. Picture: David Stewart

ENTERTAINER Toni McLean is among the nominees shortlisted for Lake Macquarie’s Citizen of the Year award next week.

Ms McLean was recognised for her dedication to supporting a range of organisations including Southlakes Women’s Refuge, Rotary, and the radio station Lake Macquarie FM.

She is among a group of marine rescuers, Landcare groups, a roller derby sports administrator and an author who will be among 42 volunteers, community groups, and elite sportspeople who will be recognised in the Lake Macquarie Awards on Friday, February 22.

Mayor Kay Fraser said the awards were a celebration of local people who enhanced the social, cultural, economic and environmental functions of the city or for raising Lake Macquarie’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally.

“Lake Macquarie is full of amazing people who dedicate their lives to improving the overall wellbeing of the city,” Cr Fraser said.

“The awards help us to showcase the people who demonstrate that as a community we are highly active, motivated, creative and compassionate.”

Winners will be announced in 10 categories:

  •  Citizen of the Year;
  •  Sportsperson of the Year;
  •  Young Citizen of the Year;
  •  Junior Sportsperson of the Year;
  •  Masters Sportsperson of the Year;
  •  Community Group of the Year;
  •  Volunteer of the Year;
  •  Norm Johnston Memorial Administrator/Volunteer of the Year;
  •  Sports Scholarship Award for Athletes with a Disability; and
  •  the ICG Fair Play Award.

Other nominees for Citizen of the Year are Toby Kale, of Charlestown;  Elise Newling, of Lakelands;  Michael Nolan, of Hillsborough; Brennan Coan, of Cardiff; Martine Paterson, of Croudace Bay; and Kerriann Dunn, of Windemere Park.

Among the nominees for Volunteer of the Year are Kevin Davies, of Coal Point, the groundskeeper for Toronto Croquet Club; and Lois Simpson, of Toronto, the chair of Lake Macquarie Landcare Volunteer Network.

Among the Westlakes hopes in the Community Group of the Year category is Lakeside Retirement Village Landcare, of Bonnells Bay. The group has been effective in motivating village residents to join the fight against invasive weeds.

Also nominated is Rathmines Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group whose 140 supporters contributed to the master planning for Rathmines Park, and developed a forum to address anti-social behaviour.

The awards will be presented at Caves Coastal Bar and Bungalows from 6.30pm next Friday, February 22.

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