Lillian Colless is Richmond Valley’s Citizen of the Year

Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow, Citizen of the Year Lillian Colless and State MP Richie Williamson. Photos: Susanna Freymark

Lillian Colless is Richmond Valley’s Citizen Of The Year.

The Casino Australia Day celebrations were held at the Drill Hall park today, Friday, January 26.

Lillian spent most of her life at sea and those experiences shaped her attitude to life.

The first law of the sea is – “always look after those who look after you, because you never know when someone may throw you a line” – Lillian brings that attitude to her leadership and creativity.

Lillian researched the exhibits on the fishing industry, the Black Sand mining industry, the sugar cane industry, and local sporting heroes, including four sculling world champions and the Surf Club.

Lillian dedicates much of her time volunteering at the Evans Head Living Museum.

The nominees for Australia Day awards. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your service to the community.

Other award winners today are:

Young Citizen Of The Year: Abbie Yourell

Abbie Yourell was competing in WA and couldn’t be at the ceremony.

Volunteer Of The Year: Maree Donaldson

Maree Donaldson was shocked when her name was announced as Volunteer of the Year.

Young Volunteer of the Year: Elaina Underhill

Richie Williamson, Elaina Underhill with her Young Volunteer of The Year award and mayor Robert Mustow.

Sportsperson of the Year: Tony McAteer

Tony was unable to be at the ceremony today.

Young Sportsperson of the Year: Elle Hannigan

Richie Williamson, Elle Hannigan and mayor Robert Mustow.

Local Hero Award: Isabelle Miller Read her story here.

Nine citizens were welcomed to the Richmond Valley in the citizenship ceremony.

We are Australians: New citizens from the left: Markia Roessing (Germany), Kevin Smith and Karina Smith (South Africa) with their children Lente, Carle and Rueben, Katrina Horne (New Zealand), Dante Nuitten (Belgium) and Nang Kyio (Myanmar) with Robert Mustow and Richie Williamson.
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