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Congratulations to Cessnock's 2022 Australia Day Award recipients

CCC Mayor Jay Suvaal, Young Citizen Isabella Metcalfe, Senior Citizen Michael Lowing, Ambassador Prue Watt OAM

Cessnock City Council hosted the 2022 Australia Day Awards at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 26 January, and welcomed Cessnock’s four newest Australian citizens.


Jordan Fallon was named Citizen of the Year for his outstanding contribution to our community. Jordan has dedicated a significant amount of time to preserving the local military history in the small villages of Kearsley, Abernethy and Elrington, ensuring we remember and acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have gone before us.

Michael Lowing was awarded Senior Citizen of the Year for his dedication to the Branxton community. Mike is the go-to person in Branxton and continues to build pride in the local area via a range of wonderful initiatives.

Cessnock’s Young Citizen of the Year went to Isabella Metcalfe for her excellence in youth advocacy and leadership, and extensive history of volunteering.

A special citizenship ceremony was also held to welcome Cessnock’s newest Australian citizens Shital Deo Barman, Jane Carberry, Michalle Hoevers and Naomi Windsor.

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal said it was a privilege to be part of the awards and citizenship ceremonies and congratulated everyone involved.

“We are so lucky to live in a community with so many incredible, community-minded people who make significant contributions to make our local government area a better place to live,” Councillor Suvaal said.

“This year there were 12 award recipients and each one is extremely deserving of recognition. I would like to thank each and every one of them for all that they’ve done for our community.”

Congratulations to the following 2022 Australia Day Award recipients:

  • Citizen of the Year, Jordan Fallon

  • Senior Citizen on the Year, Michael Lowing

  • Young Citizen on the Year, Isabella Metcalfe

  • Community Event of the Year, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival

  • Environment Award, Cessnock Community Leo’s Club

  • Maree Callaghan Award – Young Female Achiever, Georgina Bailey

  • Community Award, Rossalyn Manners

  • Community Award, Dr Farouk Wasti

  • Community Award, Cynthia Morris

  • Community Award, Ben Sams

  • Community Award, Dianne Threadgate

  • Community Award, Alysse Iliffe



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