Exmouth Shire awards top citizens

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Shire of Exmouth president Matthew Niikkula, Barry Sullivan, Jackie Brooks, Michael Hall, Cayci McKay, Darren Roche (representing the GAMEX 2019 committee), Kasey Steer and Brownlow medallist Matthew Priddis.
Camera IconShire of Exmouth president Matthew Niikkula, Barry Sullivan, Jackie Brooks, Michael Hall, Cayci McKay, Darren Roche (representing the GAMEX 2019 committee), Kasey Steer and Brownlow medallist Matthew Priddis. Credit: Marg Bertling

Exmouth’s most outstanding volunteers and sport stars were recognised for their hard work and dedication at an awards presentation evening last Thursday at the Ningaloo Centre.

The contribution of volunteers in all areas of the community were recognised at the 2019 Shire of Exmouth Community Volunteer and Sporting Awards, with prizes presented in six categories.

Shire president Matthew Niikkula said the event was an opportunity to say thank you and acknowledge those whose work ensured our community groups, emergency services, clubs and associations flourished, keeping our community strong.

“We received 38 nominations across the six award categories and it was truly inspiring to read the submissions and witness the incredible contribution that all the nominees make to our community,” he said.

“These are the unsung heroes of Exmouth, they work not for the recognition, but for the benefits that it brings to our kids, our families and our town.”

The Shire of Exmouth Exceptional Service Award was given to Chamber of Commerce president Barry Sullivan who has been a proactive member of the community for more than 15 years.

“Barry has garnered the respect and ear of many politicians and funding agencies lobbying government support for tourism development, lowering the costs of living and improving the lifestyle of those in the Exmouth community,” Mr Niikkula said.

Local SES manager Kasey Steer was recognised for her commitment and was granted the BHP Young Volunteer of the Year Award.

Mr Niikkula said without the efforts of Kasey over the past two years, the SES branch was at risk of closing down.

“She is passionate about skill development and continually provides her team with team building and training opportunities which is essential for an emergency response team,” he said.

Other worthy recipients included Cayci McKay for Santos Sports Star of the Year Award, Jackie Brooks for Minderoo Committee Person of the Year Award, Michael Hall for Woodside Volunteer of the Year Award and Gamex 2019 for RAC Association, Club or Event.

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