Dubbo recipients shine as humble achievers

THE RECIPIENTS of Dubbo's Australia Day awards are all shining examples of the Australian quiet achiever.

All equally modest about their community achievements, the recipients were humbled to receive public recognition at the awards presentation on Saturday.

An Australia Day award committee member told the crowd the quality of nominations was extremely high, making the task of choosing a winner a challenge.

"It's not only an honour to win but to be a nominee," she said.

Jessica Hull was first to be called to the stage to collect her Young Citizen of the Year award.

The award winner was praised for her hard work in the Dubbo City Youth Council and leadership role while at St John's College.

"Jessica is a person who motivates others into action via her enthusiasm, whilst also being confident to stand alone on issues that she feels strongly about," the citation read. In 2011, she organised the Indent Youth Music Event, which brought a top 10 band from the ARIA charts at the time, to perform a concert at Dubbo RSL Memorial Club.

Miss Hall had a strong interest in international relations and had visited Minokamo in Japan, Dubbo's sister city. She called on young people who wanted an active role in the community to join the youth council.

For 2013 Citizen of the Year, Kathy Furney, the award was an unexpected honour that left her smiling from ear to ear.

One of the highlights of her community work was being part of the Tracker Riley Working Party.

Ms Furney initiated the request for Dubbo City Council to build the Tracker Riley Cycleway and assisted the council with the planning and maintenance of the cycleway.

Her love of cycling made her the Orana Veterans Cycle Club secretary and referee as well as the Dubbo Bicycle Users Group secretary.

In addition to her community work, she found time to conduct weekly exercise classes for Orana Gardens Retirement Village residents, and also volunteered every week at the Dubbo Blood Donor Centre.

"Kathy is described as a 'can-do' person whose persistence and generous donation of her time has ensured that Dubbo is a wonderful place to live," the citation read.

Ms Furney humbly accepted the award and thanked her family and friends for their support.

"Nothing gets done with one person, we work together on committees," she said.

Kathy Furney with her Citizen of the Year plaque. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN

Kathy Furney with her Citizen of the Year plaque. Photo: KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN


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