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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Australia Day Awards 2016 - Citations

Community Event Of The Year

WWII Howitzer

The Military Memorabilia Restoration Advisory Committee

The Hunters Hill Community Event Of The Year Award recognises achievements of groups within our community for any not for profit events held during 2015.

The Military Memorabilia Restoration Advisory Committee made a significant contribution to commemorating the Centenary of Anzac in 2015. The Committee over a two year period, researched, co-ordinated organised and oversaw the relocation to the Town Hall and the restoration of the WWI German Krupp Howitzer Field Gun No.1177.

With its restoration, the Committee provided an important physical link between Hunters Hill and the Sacrifices on the Western Front, recognising the outstanding service and contribution to the Great War effort by Hunters Hill residents.

The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Service was a significant Community Event attended by many hundreds of local residents who lined the streets to watch the ceremonial march and then packed the Town Hall to overflowing.

The restored WWI Howitzer was formally unveiled and dedicated by His Excellency General, The Hon. David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales, prior to the official commemoration service in the Town Hall. The commemoration service was truly a community event and participants included representatives of the 3 Defence Services, our local State and Federal MPs, representatives of the RSL, local schools, churches and other community groups including the Joubert Singers. The event marked the 92nd ANZAC Eve Memorial Service held continuously in Hunters Hill.

A member of the Committee, Mr Richard White, undertook extensive hours of research for an historical account of the gun resulting in a book entitled “Hunter’s Hill Council WWI Trophy Gun” being published and registered on both the State War Memorial Register and the State Library.

The Military Memorabilia Restoration Advisory Committee, Chaired by Councillor Peter Astridge brought together a diverse and locally involved group of people from within the community who worked together for two years, to restore and relocate the WWI cannon.

Sportsperson Of The Year

Hamish McDonald

Mr Hamish McDonald

The Hunters Hill Sportsperson Of The Year Award recognises outstanding sporting achievements by an individual of any age.

Mr Hamish McDonald has already made an outstanding contribution to the sport of rowing even though he is not yet 18 years old. He has been an outstanding role model for the students at St Joseph’s College and the rowing community at large. He has consistently strived to achieve excellence and has been a fine representative of his school and country, always demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship and a keen awareness of his role as a leader.

He was stroke of the St Joseph’s College’s First Eight who won the AAGPS Head of the River for the first time in 42 years in 2015. At the Australian National Championships in March 2015 Hamish achieved two silver medals (second place) in the Schoolboy First Eights and in the Under 19 Men’s Coxed Four.

Hamish was later selected as part of the Australian Men’s Junior Coxed Four and competed at the Junior World Rowing Championships held in Rio De Janeiro last year. The Australian team placed 2nd in their heat, then 2nd in the repechage. The final turned into a tight tussle, with barely a few seconds separating all six crews as they raced down the course with the Australian team gaining a very respectable fifth place in the final.

His skill and dedication has also been recognised with the granting of a NSW Rowing Association Junior scholarship.

Young Citizen Of The Year

Oliver Sumsky

Mr Oliver Sumsky

Hunters Hill Young Citizen Of The Year Award recognises outstanding work or achievement among younger members of our community 25 years of age or under.

Mr Oliver Sumsky is not only a young man of many talents but also, and most importantly, one of the highest integrity.

Oliver is an impressive young man who throws himself into all that is on offer with great enthusiasm. He has a genuine interest, care and respect for others that is reflected in his many activities and achievements.

Oliver has been a significant leader in his school community as a Year 7 mentor and outdoor education leader, and he is an incredibly gifted musician who contributes his musical talents at many school, church and community events. He sings in concerts, musicals and eisteddfods and acts as cantor and acolyte at prayer and church services.

He is also a talented sportsman whose behaviour both on and off the field demonstrates high levels of sportsmanship

In the wider community, Oliver has been a volunteer at the Matthew Talbot Hostel for homeless men where he selflessly serves meals on Friday evenings. Additionally, he volunteers to be a carer for children with disabilities which allows parents of severely disabled children to have some time for themselves or to spend time with other members of their families.

In recognition of his many contributions St Joseph’s College staff and his peers voted for Oliver to receive two major College Awards, the Prize for Service and the Prize for Contribution to Religious Life of the College. His musical gifts were recognised with his being awarded the major Year 12 Music Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Music and for Effort and Excellence in Voice.

His sporting achievements were recognised with the major sporting award for contribution to College Rowing. Additionally he was selected to receive the Archbishop of Sydney’s Award for Student Excellence.

Oliver shows true leadership, displays compassion, interest, respect and care and upholds all of his responsibilities in the highest manner. He thrives on helping others and bringing some joy into their lives.

Citizen Of The Year

Gary Traill

Mr Paul Gerard Traill

The Hunters Hill Citizen Of The Year Award recognises an individual who, through his or her efforts, has made an outstanding contribution to the community.

Since retiring from commercial life as a Corporate Lawyer, Mr Paul Gerard Traill, or Gary as he is known to friends and family, has been active in community affairs supporting and leading many local community organisations. Gary was a Director of Hunters Hill Respite Centre at a time when the organisation was merging with Gladesville Community Aid and Information Service and the Brain Injury Respite Development Service. In that capacity, with his professional experience as a corporate lawyer, he contributed his skills to the successful merger of those three organisations into Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services.

Gary is currently a Director of Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services and served as Vice President in 2008 and most recently as President from 2013 to 2015. He also chaired the Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services Development Committee that was instrumental in the establishment of new services for the benefit of Hunters Hill residents, including the establishment in 2010 of the Annual Christmas Lunch for isolated residents and in 2012 the establishment of the Men’s Shed. A project like the Men’s Shed does not occur without a lot of hard work in researching what was required to make a Men’s Shed viable, securing funding, sponsorship and undertaking fundraising activities, securing suitable premises, fitting out of the shed, and setting up a management structure.

Gary is also member of Hunters Hill Mixed Probus Club and Hunters Hill Historical Society; he is a parishioner of Holy Name of Mary Parish (Villa Maria and St Peter Chanel churches) where he has served actively as an Acolyte and, in recent years, as a Eucharistic Minister. He has been a Parish Councillor, including serving as Chair of the Parish Council. Gary has also been involved with the Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival.
Gary had a long distinguished legal career in which his activities were not limited just to the provision of professional legal services. He was a member of the executive of the Australian Committee of The Pacific Basin Economic Council (P.B.E.C) for over 15 years, Hon. Secretary of the Law Council of Australia and Chair of the Australian Committee of Pacific Economic Co-operation Council (AUS PECC) and Chair of The Australia-China Business Council.

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