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June 22, 2024 3:50 PM

Upper Hunter recipients humbled by honours

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BY ALEX TIGANI

Local leaders John Brooks and Dylan Denley may have an age gap of 60 years.

However, both were equally as humbled on Wednesday morning when announced as the Upper Hunter Shire’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year award recipients.

Mr Brooks moved to Scone from Nowra on the horse’s birthday on August 1, 1969.

More than half a century later, he was recognised for his service as chairperson of the Scone Legacy Group.

A member of legacy for 37 years, the 76-year-old still regularly travels to Newcastle for meetings while balancing his duties with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Committee.

Ultimately, he is a proud grandfather of ten and received a large round of applause when announced as this year’s recipient.

“I’m humbled by the honour because it is a group effort, it’s all about the team that you have around you,” Mr Brooks explained.

When Dylan Denley was announced as the Aberdeen Young Citizen of the Year, he thought that would be the only time his named would be called out.

Moments later, the Scone High School student added a prestigious Upper Hunter Shire Young Citizen of the Year title to his impressive CV.

“This is a huge honour,” the 17-year-old explained.

“To get one of these was amazing but I really wasn’t expecting to get both of these in all honesty.”

The Upper Hunter Youth Council member had been involved in many events across 2021, most notably a sleep out for youth homelessness awareness.

“I was still living my day-to-day life, going to school and working at Coles but the experience was persevering,” he concluded.

Dr John Paradice also received many cheers when announced as the 52nd recipient of the Hunter McLoughlin Memorial Citizen of the Year award.

Separate ceremonies also took place in Cassilis and Murrurundi later that morning.

FULL LIST OF AWARDS

Aberdeen

Citizen of the Year: Robert Dixon

Young Citizen of the Year: Dylan Denley

Young Achiever of the Year: Ciennah Sullivan

Merriwa

Citizen of the Year: Robert Smith

Young Citizen of the Year: Brodie McMillan

Achiever of the Year: Beatrice Voysey 

Achiever of the Year: Sharee Witney

Young Achiever of the Year: Ruby Wong

Sustainability in Business: Merriwa Petroleum & Ag Supplies             

Community Group of the Year: Merriwa Pony Club

Murrurundi

Citizen of the Year: Dayna Hynes

Achiever of the Year: Sam Levik             

Young Achiever of the Year: Montana Rando

Community Group of the Year: PUSH48 

Special Award:

Excellence in Community Service: Doing it for our Farmers Murrurundi

Scone

Citizen of the Year: John Brooks

Young Citizen of the Year: Emily Grainger 

Achiever of the Year: Janie Jordan

Young Achiever of the Year: Samuel Barry     

Special Awards:

   Excellence in Health Services: Dr John Paradice

    Excellence in Mental Health Services: Pauline Carrigan                              

Upper Hunter Shire Australia Day Awards

Upper Hunter Shire Citizen of the Year: John Brooks       

Upper Hunter Shire Young Citizen of the Year: Dylan Denley

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