Community champions recognised at council awards

Glenorchy’s highest achievers, volunteers and those who go out of their way to help others were recognised last night in the Council’s inaugural Community and Volunteer Awards ceremony.

The ceremony was held at MyState Bank Arena and attended by more than 100 people from across the municipality to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions of 25 of the city’s individuals.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said community members were formally recognised for their volunteering efforts in supporting the city, while others were congratulated for their business acumen.

“Coinciding with National Volunteer Week, the region’s finest volunteers and community members have been awarded for their valuable contributions to our community, and we couldn’t be prouder,” Mayor Thomas said.

Foster carer and advocate Corrie Bartle, one of the stand-out award recipients, received the newly introduced Senior Citizen of the Year Award, following over 50 years of care for children in the community.

Mayor Thomas praised Ms Bartle for the difference she has made in the lives of so many children.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community, and not only does Ms Bartle go above and beyond for the children in her care, but she has also played a significant role in recruiting more foster carers,” Mayor Thomas said.

The Glenorchy City Council combined its previous Community Awards program and Volunteer Awards ceremony together for the first time this year to heighten the contribution of people doing so much in the municipality.

“While every nomination we received deserves an award, the winners were carefully selected for their impressive display of dedication to the community,” she said.

Local business legend and St Albi Bar patron Lucy Baker was awarded Citizen of the Year for her contribution to the area.

“Ms Baker has not only established one of our most successful eateries, but she is also involved in various sporting and charitable activities, including creating To the North Market,” Mayor Thomas said.

As well as including the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, the Awards has introduced two new categories to align with the Australian of the Year Awards – Glenorchy Senior Citizen of the Year and the Local Hero Award. 

“The aim of these new categories is to provide recognition of outstanding achievement, and we’ve had an impressive number of nominations this year,” she said.

The Glenorchy municipality has over 6000 volunteers who make a difference to the community, along with nearly 3000 businesses that are vital to the City’s ongoing growth and prosperity.

Mayor Thomas congratulated all the award recipients.

Awards were presented for six categories:

  • Glenorchy Citizen of the Year – Lucy Baker
  • Glenorchy Young Citizen of the Year – Emily Gamez
  • Glenorchy Senior Citizen of the Year – Corrie Bartle
  • Glenorchy Local Hero Award – John Shoobridge
  • Glenorchy Sports Achievement of the Year Award – Arielle Cannell
  • Glenorchy Business Person of the Year – Belle Parker