AUSTRALIA DAY: Norma our Citizen of the Year

NORMA Fisher is the 2014 Gloucester Citizen of the Year.

An emotional Mrs Fisher spoke of her love for the Gloucester community when receiving her award at Sunday’s Australia Day ceremony and breakfast in Billabong Park.

“I’m so overwhelmed. I don’t know what to say,” she said.

“Our community truly is the best of the best.”

Mrs Fisher also received the NSW Community Service Award at the ceremony.

Presented by Upper Hunter MP George Souris, the award recognised Mrs Fisher’s immense contribution to indigenous support services in Gloucester as well as her work with the Tidy Towns committee and other groups.

Former Gloucester High school captain Jack Wilson was presented with the Young Citizen of the Year award.

The youngster thanked the school for its work supporting students who participated in extracurricular activities.

Leanne Barrett from the Gloucester Gallery accepted the award for Project of the Year for the Yarning Our Country exhibition.

Incorporating knitted works from more than 200 individuals, the exhibition was the gallery’s most popular ever with more than 5000 people visiting while it was on display.

A traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon, eggs and sausages was served up by the Quota, Lions and Rotary clubs along with the CWA and enjoyed by more than 200 people.

The colouring-in competition organised by the Australia Day committee was won by Anita Jackson, with her winning picture used to decorate the Australia Day cake made by Hebby’s Bakery.

All proceeds from the event were donated to the Pink Hope charity set-up by Gloucester’s Australia Day ambassador for 2014 Krystal Barter.

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