Congratulations to LPS 2017 Australia Day Awards recipients

The recipients of the 2017 Liverpool Plains Shire Australia Day awards were announced at the Shire’s official ceremony held at the Royal Theatre. Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope congratulated the award nominees and recipients saying that in their different ways they have all made significant contributions to the LPS community.  

  • Citizen of the Year - Laurice McGilchrist
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Wade Clarke
  • Marie Maunder Community Service Award - Margaret Harris
  • Local Legend - Cyril Barwick
  • Sportsperson of the Year - Luke Saul
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Bradley Sadler
  • Community Event of the Year - Quirindi CWA Disability Christmas Party


A2 Australia Day Awards Recipients 1A
LPSC Mayor Andrew Hope, Luke Saul, Bradley Sadler, Wade Clarke, Colleen Wills, Laurice McGilchrist, Cyril Barwick, Margaret Harris and 2017 Australia Day Ambassador Scott McGregor. 



“Thanks go to Robert Lewis for acting as Master of Ceremonies for the Shire’s Australia Day Presentation ceremony. Also, thanks to Jim White for performing the Welcome to Country. On our National Day I importantly and humbly recognise the Kamilaroi people as the traditional custodians of the Liverpool Plains and the unique status of the Aboriginal people.” Councillor Hope said. 

A3 MC Rob Lewis 1A A4 Jim White Welcome to Country 1A
                                           MC Rob Lewis                             Welcome to Country Jim White


“I thank our Australia Day Ambassador, Scott McGregor, for his stirring address and participation in various Australia Day events around the Shire and the residents who attended our official ceremony,” he continued

“It was also fitting that as part of our ceremony we were able to recognise Col Stewart for his many years of service to the community, through local government. Col was first elected to Quirindi Shire Council in 1983, he served until 1991, then stood again in 2006 for Liverpool Plains Shire serving until 2016, making a total of 18 years’ service to local government and residents. Col served one term as LPSC Deputy Mayor.

“Col and his wife Pauline have and continue to contribute to our society in many different ways and on behalf of the community I extend sincere thanks to them both,” he said. 


A1 Scott McGregor  Andrew Hope 1A A7 Col Stewart  Ian Lobsey 1A A8 Cyril Barwick being congratulated by Scott McGregor  Paul Moules 1A
 2017 LPS Australia Day Ambassador Scott McGregor
and Mayor Andrew Hope
Col Stewart was recognised for his service to 
local government by Councillor Ian Lobsey OAM      
100 year old Cyril Barwick was named Local Legend, being congratulated by Ambassador Scott McGregor
and Councillor Paul Moules


“On behalf of all residents and Council, I offer sincere thanks and congratulations to our award recipients for 2017 and hope it inspires them to continue their good work and others to achieve great things for themselves and our community. 

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The Official Party singing the National Anthem, Ambassador Scott McGregor,
Councillors Ian Lobsey OAM, Virginia Black, Paul Moules, LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk,
Councillor Ken Cudmore, Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins and Mayor Andrew Hope 

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