Media Release - Thanking Our Outstanding Volunteers - Thursday, 26 September 2019

Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has thanked 33 volunteers for their outstanding and selfless contribution to the community, at a special event hosted in Cessnock on Tuesday.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Mr Fitzgibbon invited the Hunter community to nominate volunteers who deserved to be acknowledged for their dedication and commitment to their community.

The Hunter Volunteer Awards was attended by more than 140 people at the Performing Arts Centre, including Deputy Mayor of Cessnock, Melanie Dagg, and Deputy Mayor of Singleton, Tony Jarrett.  

“The Hunter electorate is without doubt a better place because of the contributions made by our Volunteer Award recipients,” Federal Member Joel Fitzgibbon said.

“This was an opportunity for the community to say thank you and acknowledge the generous contribution volunteers make across all sectors of our society.

“The significant turnout to the Hunter Volunteer Awards Presentation illustrates just how much our community appreciates the hard work and tireless efforts our volunteers make.

“I would also like to thank those who took the time to submit their nominations to ensure the recognition of our local volunteers.”




Christina Batey

Deadly Cooking, Abernethy Healthy Lifestyle Association

Jamie Bender

Cessnock Hornets and Mulbring Cricket Club

Mark Bercini

Branxton Greta Cricket Club, Branxton Greta Colts Rugby League Club

Lester Bootes

Branxton RSL Sub Branch

Anthony Ernst

Branxton Lions

Rowena Fallon

Abernethy Healthy Lifestyle Association

Brian Furner OAM

Central Hunter Business Chamber, Branxton RSL Sub Branch

Melissa Gontier

Hunter Hands of Hope

Ronald Hungerford

Branxton Lions

Mary Kennedy

Coalfield’s Cancer Group, Catholic Church, Masonic Retirement Village, Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Owen Lind (Steve)

North Rothbury Tidy Town

Kim Martin

Mid-Hunter Palliative Care Volunteers

Kellie O’Connor

Cessnock District Netball Association

Mark O’Hara

Wine Country Cricket Club

Colleen and Garry Payne

North Cessnock Community Hall

Heather Phippen

Volunteer Artist, Salvation Army

Melita Watson

Branxton Tidy Towns

Kelly Bell

Soul Café Newcastle, Ronald McDonald House

Isaac Bliss

Southlake Marketplace

Debbie Hobson

Muswellbrook PCYC, Muswellbrook South School Canteen

Denis Lacey (Mick)

Denman and District Development Association, Meals on Wheels Denman, District Rescue Helicopter Support Group, Founding member of 31 years of Local Health Advisory Committee, Men’s Shed, Advocate of Welfare and Aged Care, Tennis Club, Denman Creek Group, Life member of Apex Club including 18 months as District Governor

Tracey Marsden

Muswellbrook Preschool Kindergarten

Trevor Parkinson

Muswellbrook junior rugby league and indigenous sport

Jeanette Travers

Denman and District Development Association, Cancer Council, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group, Denman Lions, Meals on Wheels

Shirley Bendeich

Meals on Wheels, Our Care Services Singleton

Eilish Coffee

Singleton PCYC

Gary Holland

Dolly’s Charity Shop, Samaritans Christmas Lunch, Meals on Wheels, Singleton Anglican Church

Pat Holtz

St Vincent de Paul Singleton

Ruth Rogers

Rotary Club of Singleton Sunrise, Australian Families of Military, Country Women’s Association, Cystic Fibrosis NSW, and Integra Assistance Dogs

Michael Stemmer

Darlington Rural Fire Service

Kay Sullivan

Singleton Cancer Appeal Committee

Alona Wyatt

Catholic Church, All Saints Court Singleton

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