Shellharbour City's Australia Day award recipients

30/01/2018
 
This year’s Citizen of the Year is David Williamson, best known as ‘Scooter Dave’ who was nominated for his commitment to the environment.

Young Citizen of the Year is KiKi Ratna Cuda who was nominated for her commitment and passion for helping people in need. At just 12 years-old, KiKi is the youngest Young Citizen of the Year in Shellharbour’s history.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said the calibre of this year’s nominees was exceptionally high. 

“All of the nominees worked tirelessly to support and assist the Shellharbour community through sporting groups, social enterprises, charity organisations, and businesses and as individuals,” Cr Saliba said.

“I’m always inspired by the depth of our community's charitable nature and I admire all of this year’s nominees for their efforts and contributions that make our city a wonderful place to live.

“I’ve heard from Australia Day committee members that working through the list of nominees for the Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year was a heart-warming experience. 

“They said that while it was moving to learn about all the wonderful initiatives our residents undertake, it also makes the process of selection that much harder.

“What they all have in common is that their efforts inspired someone to nominate them for one of the highest honours bestowed in any community – to be Citizen of the Year,” Cr Saliba said.


Citizen of the year - David Williamson

‘Scooter Dave’, as he’s best known to the community, was nominated for his commitment to the environment and our city.  

Motivated by a desire to see the Windang Bridge presented to visitors and locals in a clean and tidy state, David gets up early nearly every morning to start his journey cleaning up the bridge and sharing stories, not even having a day off for his birthday!

The nominator wrote, ‘Dave’s focus on helping in the community for no reward is an honourable achievement in its self’.

KiKi Ratna Cuda – Young Citizen of the Year

Kiki was nominated for her commitment and passion to helping those in need. At only 12 years old, she is our youngest ever Citizen of the Year. 

Her kind and caring nature is infectious to those around her; inspiring friends and schoolmates to donate to those in need.

On her 11th birthday, Kiki asked her friends to donate to Sydney Children’s Hospital in lieu of a present for her. She set a target to raise $90 in two weeks and exceeded this to a whopping in $500!

On a trip home from the Children’s Hospital, Kiki was alarmed to see so many homeless, and took it upon herself to make care packages. Over Christmas this kindness was extended, sending Christmas care packages to our troops deployed overseas.

Kiki is known to say ‘giving feels good, making someone smile me makes me smile’.

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