Meet Your Current Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year
Take the opportunity to get to know your Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year a little better.
Citizen of the Year - Mr Murray Jones
Murray has been involved in many events and activities within our community and further afield and fostered many community projects. He is well known for his love of all things motorcycle. His involvement in the community includes the areas of youth, sport, motorcycles, bush fires and all Rotary activities. He was part of the committee that built the extension on the Holbrook Preschool, Cub Scout Leader in Holbrook for over 10 years and instigated and ran (with Peter Hogan) Kanga Cricket. Heavily involved in the Holbrook Motorcycle Sports Club (a Life Member), developing the very successful Riverina Interclub Series covering the disciplines of Dirt Track, Motocross and Enduro and involving clubs from all areas of the Riverina and beyond and is the driving force behind the Cookardinia Vinduro event. Murray has received an award from Motorcycling NSW for services to the motorcycling community. In 2019 Murray was recognised with an award of 40 years service with the Rural Fire Service. A committee member of the Holbrook Football Club, Holbrook Boating and Angling Club, Billabong Native Fish Restocking Group and Rotary Club of Holbrook’s Community Service Director (initiating the white goods and waste pickup in Holbrook in 2018 and 2019). Murray has assisted the Holbrook Aged Care Hostel by building a chook yard for the residents, coordinating the painting and maintenance of the pergola at the Harry Jarvis Wing at the Holbrook Hospital and undertaking the dismantlement of a shed for a bereaved resident. Murray is strongly supported by his family who are often part of the organising team or workforce for his various projects. Murray is always available to help at Holbrook Rotary’s many catering events, and wields a mean pair of tongs over the BBQ plate.
In 2020 Murray took in 150 head of cattle and four different peoples horses during the bushfires, delivered the last of Holbrook Rotary hay to fire victims at Batlow in August, assisted with Holbrook Rotary Club 4WD Day: working around Covid19 distancing and associated restrictions at the Jingellic Hub, worked on a grant through Rotary towards sculpture and Showgrounds entrance, organised and run 2 Enduro family ride days and 4 Motocross family ride days with Wagga motorcycle club. Murray organised a trail ride to raise funds for a Holbrook Bike Club member who is a tetraplegic, at Talbingo, raising $8000. Today, Australia Day 2021, Murray has organised a fundraising Poker Run for bikes and cars starting and finishing in Holbrook.
Young Citizen of the Year - joint winners Mr Daniel Hawkins and Miss Alexandra Toogood
Young Citizens, joint winners Daniel Hawkins, Lankey's Creek, Anu Sharma, Australia Day Ambassador, Bruce Diffey, former Citizen of Year and Alexandra Toogood, Henty.
Mr Daniel Hawkins
Daniel showed many good qualities during the Green Valley Bushfire near Albury in early 2020. The crews had various spot fires jump containment lines at around 10pm on the Cockatoo Trail in the Woomargama National Park. Daniel reluctantly left the Group Captain at the spot over and drove along the fire line in a Cat 9 to go and retrieve the new crews and direct them to where they were needed. During his time in the RFS he has learnt the priceless value of human life and the pain when it is lost and to give compassion where it is needed. Daniel’s good communication skills were shown on the second day of the Green Valley fire, he was regularly on the radio to Firecom giving them hourly weather reports, when the Group Captain was otherwise occupied. He also provided situation reports of the fires activity when the fire broke out. With crews assisting from around Australia co-operation was needed even though he hadn’t worked with these crews before.
He has the qualities of commitment, reliability, open minded, positivity and optimism. Daniel used his problem solving skills at the build a bridge and get over it program at the Borambola Sport and Recreation Facility. The program is funded by REROC and the local councils and gives potential civil engineers the opportunity in high school to attend the camp and build a model bridge using craft items on a piece of cardboard. Daniel has always been one that enjoys serving the community to the best of his ability. Daniel has been a member of the Rural Fire Service since he was 12. He has volunteered on behalf of the Billabong High School for the Culcairn Aged Care Home, Culcairn Primary School and Culcairn Pre-school. He has played football for the Holbrook Football Club and B-grade cricket for the Holbrook Cricket Club and a junior player at the Rosewood Cricket Club. When his Mum was a member of the Country Women’s Association he would help at bull and clearing sales with catering. Daniel currently works at the Holbrook IGA as a shop assistant and is fairly well known amongst its customers.
Miss Alexandra Toogood
Alexandra is an exemplary example of a young person who is actively engaged in both her school and local communities over a significant period and to a high level. As a pupil at Billabong High School entering year 12 in 2021, Alex has excelled as an active member of her school community, being awarded many academic, leadership and sports awards.
Alexandra is also actively involved in her community, being a member of and volunteers for several Henty and Greater Hume organisations. Some of Alex’s most notable community involvements are as a member of Greater Hume Youth Advisory Committee 2019 and 2020, planning several youth events and initiatives for the Greater Hume youth. An active member of the Henty Tennis Club for 10 years serving on the committee, volunteering as a point scorer, correlating scores for the clubs Best and Fairest, running the vote count and volunteered to be an administrative coordinator of the club’s Night Tennis Tournament.
Alexandra has also been an active volunteer for the Henty Show Society, volunteering as a steward in the fruit and vegetable section serving as a junior steward at the show since the age of IO and has more recently in the last 2 years acted as a senior Steward and volunteering in the drinks shed and in food stalls. Alex has also assisted in the sheep pavilion on several occasions. In 2019 she was a recipient of an ASC of NSW Next Generation Ribbon in acknowledgment of her efforts and contributions.
Alexandra is a wonderful example of a young person who is actively engaging and contributing to her school and local community. The contributions she has made have directly benefited both her school and township of Henty as well as the Greater Hume as a whole. Her commitment to volunteering as well as her participation and success across a wide array of areas, sets a great example to all members of the community. Her tireless work ethic, dedication to her schooling and commitment to her community is truly a credit to her and should be recognised.