United community effort

Elizabeth “Lizzy” Gale was named as Circular Head’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ at the Australia Day celebration, ‘Twilight on the Duck’ festival, on Tuesday. Mayor Daryl Quilliam presented Lizzy the award along with Circular Head RSL World War I Centenary Committee – of which she is a member – which was named ‘Community Event of the Year’. Picture: Jodie Saville. 

Honour. In receiving her new title of Circular Head’s Citizen of the Year this Australia Day, Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Gale said she was left feeling “humbled and honoured”.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam announced the winners of this year’s Australia Day Awards and two scholarships as part of celebrations at the Twilight on the Duck on Tuesday.

The ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ was awarded to Smithton’s Eli Perry and the Circular Head RSL World War I Centenary named as ‘Community Event of the Year’.

“Lizzy has been named as this year’s Citizen of the Year because of many years’ passionate service to our community,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“Not only has Lizzy been a prominent business owner in our community for 35 years, she has also been involved in the Circular Head Business Group, the lighting of the Christmas tree event, the Smithton RSL revitalisation into the Circular Head RSL, and much more.

“I’m sure you will all agree Lizzy works tirelessly for this community, and will continue to be a valued resident who is always happy to help.”

Lizzy said she was “extremely surprised” at the announcement, thanking those who have supported her in her many projects.

“I have been very fortunate to be involved with some amazing and dedicated committee members over the years, who also love and have a vision for our great community as I do,” she said.

“These projects and events would not have been achieved without united committee members and the support of the community.”

Lizzy said she was “so grateful for the support of my wonderful family”.

“I have met and made some special friends along the way. Thank you Cindy (Hood) for the nomination.”

Mayor Quilliam also congratulated the organisers of the Circular Head RSL World War I Centenary, which he said had helped spread the commemorations across the municipality.

“It is thanks to many hours of work undertaken by committee members Rod Wells, Lizzy Gale, Jason Chatwin, Adrian Dodd, Sue Popowski, Sue Smedley, Willy and Jill Gale and Mick Shelly (deceased), that this event was so successful,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“From projects at Stanley, Smithton and Marrawah, the Circular Head RSL undertook the huge task of ensuring each of these locations had something different to help commemorate this important event.

“Their hard work will continue to offer a reminder of this occasion for generations to come.”

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