Trangie’s Australia Day celebrations, held at the Trangie USMC, were voted a huge success, with the large crowd enjoying a free barbecue prepared by the Trangie Action Group.
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Members of the community came together celebrating those in the town who make a contribution to the community.
Trangie’s 2019 Australia Day Ambassador Fiona Nash was in town to present a number of awards.
This year Trangie’s Australian Citizen of the Year is Andrew Cayzer.
Despite being a reasonably new resident Mr Cazyer took on the challenge of reopening the Trangie Caravan Park, that had been closed for two years. Since it’s it’s re-establishment tourism has increased making an impact on local business. It is Mr Cayzer’s energy and passion for seeing the town grow is felt throughout the entire community. He has been instrumental in establishing sightseeing tours and talks to encourage visitors to stay in Trangie and to learn about the industries and people that keep the community going.
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He has also been very active in the community taking on roles in organisations such as the Trangie Action Group as Treasurer, committee member of the Trangie Community Connect, committee member of the Trangie Truck and Tractor show and the retirement centre.
He has also bought the junior fishing competition back to life by holding very successful events over the past three years. He is always volunteering to help out with barbecues, work on the gate at the Trangie races, and is very generous in donating accommodation for visitors to our town that are here to support special events.
Mr Cayzer has also played a large role in the establishment and building the new Respite Centre and has the Trangie and has the Trangie.net website up and running again.
He is often talking with Tourism NSW, Narromine Shire and other government departments about projects for the town, he is a valuable asset to the community.
Young Citizen of the Year went to Year 10 students Stacey Whitney who has demonstrated great leadership and attitude to school life. She has been involved in many school and extra curricula activities and was successfully selected from many students to attend the UNSW Nura Gili Winter School. She has achieved many academic achievements and also received the Long Tan Award for 2018.
“She is a diligent and hard working student who wants a career where she can help people make a real difference,” her citation read.
Senior Citizen of the Year (aged 65 and above) is Jessie Quigley, who is “a person who continues to go beyond her call of duty,” according to her citation. Mrs Quigley is involved in numerous church and community organisations in the community and is committed to everything she does. “If there is something that needs doing, Jessie will be there quietly helping out, wherever she can” her citation stated.
Junior Sportsperson of the Year is Montanna-Jane Gall who is an outstanding all-round sportsperson. In 2018 she was Trangie Centrals junior primary swim champion and junior primary athletics champion. She received the primary NSW Premier’s sporting challenge medal for excellence in school sport for 2018, and the Trangie Soccer club team player award for 2018. She also received the bronze medal for shot-put at the PSSA athletics and went on to represent NSW at the National athletics in Melbourne where she achieved 10th.
“She is a talented, all round competitor who is very humble about her obvious talent. A very worth recipient of this award,” her citation read.
The Senior Sports Award went to the Trangie Fire and Rescue NSW Firefighter Championship team for their voluntary and self-funded commitment for the Firefighting Championships.
The team which currently consists of Tony Terry, John Terry, Mark Haines and Wade Haines (4 years) and competed in the Australasian Firefighting Championships in Carterton New Zealand representing NSW.
They are successful coming 10th overall in the competition. Since then the team have been competing in zone championships over the state in the lead up to the bi-annual State Championships in Dubbo.
Trangie was very successful and showed their firefighting skills in a winning gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals with two fourth and 2 fifth certificates. They achieved an overall position of sixth in the state.
Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Trangie Respite Centre, which because of Mike and Chris Welch and the committee they had the ambition to resurrect the Anglican Church turning it into a respite centre for adults and children with disabilities.
Not only did the community raise over $200,000 toward the project , they were awarded federal grant funding. The redevelopment was completed in 2018 and came in under budget and on time.
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