Community spirit at its best

BELLERIVE resident Dal Hyland has been named the 2020 City of Clarence Citizen of the Year at the recent Australia Day celebrations.

Described as a quiet pillar of the community, Mr Hyland has helped to drive a number of positive projects for the Bellerive community through his work over the past 30 years with the Bellerive Historical Society and the Bellerive Bluff Coast and Landcare Group.

Mr Hyland has initiated several projects including convening a group of residents to perform the task of opening, closing and caring for the Bellerive Battery – a daily voluntary task that Mr Hyland has organised and helped to perform for more than 30 years.

“Dal is someone who quietly achieves a great deal for his community in Bellerive,” Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said.

The Senior Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ron Kelly.

The award recognises Mr Kelly’s commitment to the Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club over many years and though a range of background and leadership roles.

In addition to many other achievements at the club, Mr Kelly has performed more than 1,200 voluntary patrol hours at the beach.

The Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ireland Rugen.

Ireland, 17, has fundraised tens of thousands of dollars for organisations like the Starlight Foundation, World Vision, Oxfam, Ronald McDonald House, the oncology unit and The Royal Hobart Hospital children’s ward.

The Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Richmond Highland Gathering.

Each year, participants, dancers, competitors, pipe bands, and stallholders come from around Tasmania to attend this annual event.

The City of Clarence Australia Day Awards were presented by Australia Day ambassador Paul Cullen and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman on Australia Day at the Bellerive Boardwalk.

“Our award recipients truly demonstrate community spirit at its best,” Mayor Chipman said.

“Along with all our very deserving nominees, the winners are committed to their community and to helping others.

“Their work helps to create a vibrant, welcoming and positive community.”

Along with the announcement of award winners, 27 new Australian citizens from 12 countries (the United States of America, South Africa, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, South Korea, China, India, Canada, Bhutan, Nepal, and Vietnam) were welcomed at a ceremony on the Bellerive Boardwalk.

More information on the City of Clarence Australia Day Award recipients and nominees can be found on Council’s website at www.ccc.tas.gov.au/community/australia-day-awards.

Caption: Clarence City Council Australia Day award winners and Clarence Mayor, pictured from left, Dal Hyland, Mayor Doug Chipman, Ireland Rugen, Ronald Kelly and Sally Cornish.



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