Bingara citizens of the Year

January 31, 2008

Erik and Noelene Ozols are Bingara’s Citizens of the Year.

The announcement, made at the Australia Day awards held at the Bingara swimming Centre on Saturday, took Erik and Noelene completely by surprise.
Described as “a totally complementary partnership working tirelessly as a unit to promote education, music, culture, sport and community spirit,” Erik and Noelene were nominated by Westpac Helicopter Service, and supported by Bingara Show Society, Bingara Central School P&C, Bingara Band Support Group, Bingara Central School, Bingara Pony Club, Bingara Amateur Swimming Club, Bingara District Jockey Club, Vision 20/20, Gwydir river Trail Rides, New England Department of Education and Training, and the North West Theatre Company.

The nomination from the Helicopter Service stated “Their generosityof time, effort and spirit as loyal citizens of Bingara have promoted education, music, culture and sport in the town and the north west area. “The nominees have made huge contributions in several areas involving children and the welfare of others.

“Westpac Rescue Helicopter service takes great pleasure and pride in nominating Eric and Noelene Ozols as joint Citizens of the Year for 2007. Their generosity of time, effort and spirit as loyal citizens of Bingara have promoted education, music, culture and sport in the town and the north west area. The nominees have made huge contributions in several areas involving children and the welfare of others.

“Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service recognises the mammoth contribution made by the nominees in the setting up of the fundraising group in Bingara, and their huge participation in areas of running charity auctions and other fundraisers at their family owned business, the Imperial Hotel. Subsequently they helped introduce catering at local cattle sales, specialising in the support group’s much sought after beef barbecues.

“Noelene and Erik have been strong, loyal supporters of the Central School where they are patrons and have been on the school council and are still involved in many activities. Discounted accommodation has been generously given to visiting educational and music professionals, beginning teachers, and transport readily supplied to band children travelling in the area. The nominees have been strongly involved in the Central School P&C holding several executive positions, and the Band Support Group where once again their generosity has been recognised.

The Regional Arts Co-ordinator of the Department of Education and Training, Di Hall, has supported this nomination because of the nominees’ "contribution to children’s music in the north west."

Even though their girls have left home for further study, Erik and Noelene’s loyalty remains with the Bingara Amateur Swimming Club where they assist wherever needed. Other sporting and recreational organisations have been privileged
to enjoy the nominees’ support.

Bingara Show Society give special credit to Noelene and Erik for their sustained and faithful support over several years in the areas of time keeping, stewarding, donating and loaning equipment. The Pony Club, likewise, in the above areas and more specifically in the organisation of Area 3 and State Showjumping and Sate Dressage when held at Bingara 2004 to 2006.

Erik also ably assisted at the School Steer Show held at Bingara recently.

Congratulations, Erik & Noelene you thoroughly deserve this award!