Citizen of the Year winner traps wild dogs and would ‘do anything for anybody’

Peter Crockett is Citizen of the Year in Bonalbo.

Susanna Freymark

As the day got hotter, the air-con at Bonalbo Bowling Club was cranked up for the official Australia Day ceremony on January 26.

More chairs were put out to accommodate the crowd at the bowlo.

Peter Crockett was announced as Citizen of the Year.

Peter was described as the “guy who would anything for anybody”.

He is most known for tracking and trapping wild dogs.

Peter grew up in the bush – at Tooloom, Kapeen and Old Bonalbo.

If anyone has an issue with wild dogs on their property, Peter will help them.

“I use motion sensor cameras in the bush,” he said.

Peter used to run trapping schools.

Trapping wild dogs is his passion, he said.

Other Australia Day awards went to:

Young Citizen of the Year, Liam Galvin

Liam Galvin, centre, with fire captain John Tart and mayor Kylie Webster.

Achievement in Sport, Riley Crimmins

Mayor Kylie Webster with Riley Crimmins from Tunglebung.

Event/community organisation of the Year, WIRES

Dianne Harrison and Tanya Sawarsin from WIRES received an award for their volunteer work.

Business of the Year, Dog n Bull Hotel

Mayor Kylie Webster presents the business award to Dog n Bull Hotel publicans Carl and Marcy Agnew.

A special award was given posthumously to Yvonne Gay from Mallanganee.

RFS Brigades from Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Tabulam and Mallanganee received a special mention and plaque for their efforts on October 14 when Mallanganee firefighter John Holmes died at the firefront.

Fire captains Jeff Whitney (Old Bonalbo), John Tart (Bonalbo), Neville O’Malley (Mallanganee) and Dave Gillespie (Tabulam) and their crews were given a special award.

Nominees for awards included Lorraine Speedy, Jaren Webb, Vilya de Tozser, Debbie Johnston, Sharon Tucker, Paul Malt, Bonalbo Tourist Park and Jay Purdon.

Congratulations to all of the nominees for all you do for the community. It is people like you who make a difference.

A packed crowd at the Bonalbo Bowlo. Photos: Susanna Freymark
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