Lane Cove's Annual Citizenship Awards were held on Wednesday 3 May to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations within the Lane Cove community.
Councillor Deborah Hutchens, Mayor of Lane Cove, opened the proceedings with Councillors presenting Awards across 11 categories.
The evening culminated in the announcement of long-standing volunteer Christine Butters as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for 2016.
Christine has a long affiliation with St Andrew's Uniting Church at Longueville, Lane Cove Music Club and Longueville Tennis Club as well as being involved with the Federated Music Clubs of Australia, pre-school committees, school committees, meals on wheels and Cove Craft during her decades of volunteering.
In 2001 Council produced a booklet called 'Local Heroes' as part of its International Year of Volunteers celebrations. No surprise that on page 2 you will find Christine featured alongside a number of other recognisable Lane Cove volunteers. It is only fitting that Christine describes in her own words the very reason that some 15 years later Council presented her with the Lane Cove Citizen of the Year Award.
When talking about volunteering Christine says ,'For me it is natural part of being involved with the local community and learning more about one's own interests and hobbies. It is also a means of maintaining what others thought important enough to begin in the first place…it is what makes a neighbourhood a community".
Other recipients receiving an Award on the evening include:
Citizen of the Year
Lane Cove Linen
Music, Art and Culture Award
Music, Art and
Music, Art and
Professor Adrian Lee
Business of the Year
Alasdair Stuart and
Wendy Bishop – Repair Café
Sustainability Action Group
Dr Carl Wong