Wollondilly’s Australia Day Winners Announced

Wollondilly’s Australia Day Winners Announced

Posted on: 29.01.2019

Wollondilly’s Australia Day Awards winners for 2019 were announced at a ceremony in the Picton Botanical Gardens this morning.

Helen Fenning has been named Wollondilly’s Citizen of the Year, in recognition of her service to the RFS and the community of Buxton.

Helen is a long-term member of Buxton Rural Fire Service and is currently the Deputy Captain of the unit. She has also held the position of Community Engagement Officer for a number of years, which involves going into schools to teach children about fire safety and awareness.

Helen is always ready to visit play groups, community groups or RFS events, taking any opportunity to teach fire awareness and readiness to the community. She is also a member of the Critical Incident Support Service (CISS), which provides a counselling service for firefighters who need support and runs debriefs after critical incidents.

As well as all her RFS commitments, Helen serves as a member of the Buxton Community Association, with five years as the past President. Helen has been instrumental in saving and renovating the Buxton School of Arts Community Hall and has been a part of the Buxton Carols team for many years.

Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “I would like to congratulate Helen Fenning for this fantastic achievement.”

“Her dedication to the public is truly inspiring and her ongoing work in educating residents of all ages about Fire Safety will have a lasting benefit for the community.”

Other category winners for 2019 were:

  • Young Citizen of the Year – Dillon Ray
  • Achiever of the Year – Paula Zrilic
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Garry Robinson
  • Local Hero of the Year (individual) – Robert Marshall
  • Local Hero Organisation of the Year – Dilly Drought Drive
  • Environmental Citizen of the Year – Nicole Palmer