Tuesday, 27th January, 2015
By Emily Roberts
A chilly and fresh morning didn’t stop everyone from attending the Australia Day ceremony at the Civic Centre.
There was standing room only at the ceremony which saw locals recognised for their contribution to the city, new citizens welcomed and local talent put on show.
Mayor Wincen Cuy said the city had started Australia Day on a “tremendous note” with its heritage listing during the week.
“We have some copycats. Bendigo, would you believe, wants to follow us,” Mayor Cuy said.
“People ask ‘Why Broken Hill?’ and I say, we have the greatest mining innovations to come out of Broken Hill.
“Isolation has made us what we are - innovators and resilient.
“When you come to Broken Hill it feels like the city has a soul and purpose and I think that makes us one of the greatest cities in Australia.
“We should all take great pride in being Australian and even greater pride in being from Broken Hill.”
Mayor Cuy said Australia Day was always a wonderful day to be mayor.
“It is a great honour,” he said. “I would like to thank the Australia Day award recipients for their contribution and welcome the new citizens.”
City Council’s General Manager, Therese Manns, hosted proceedings and said she was pleased to see such a good attendance.
“It is great to see so many people supporting Australia Day, not just support for those receiving awards and those receiving citizenship. It is great to see the room full of vibrant Broken Hill people.”
Vince Gauci was named Citizen of the Year while Laurence Camilleri, Joyce Williams, Joshua Harvey, Peter Stewart, Jenny Treloar, Michael Bruggy, Howard Steer, Ann Rogers and David Lee were all recognised for their contribution to the community.
Claudia Paul was awarded Young Citizen of the Year, while Zayden Speechley received the Youth Encouragement Award.