The people who make Bingara’s community strong

February 8, 2016

At Bingara’s recent Australia Day ceremony, five Bingara residents were presented with a special Australia Day award for their service to the Bingara community.

“These people have given countless hours of outstanding devotion and service as members of community organisations, and assisting the more senior or mature residents and as well as commitment to the younger members of the community, not only students at but in the wider community,” Chair of the Special Events Committee, Catherine Egan, said.

Robyn Gasson, David Young, Graham Gunthorpe, Susanne Hughes and Lorraine Wade (representing her son, John), Joseph Tawadros AM.

Robyn Gasson, David Young, Graham Gunthorpe, Susanne Hughes and Lorraine Wade (representing her son, John), all were recognised with Service to the Community certificates on Australia Day. With them is with Australia Day Ambassador Joseph Tawadros AM.

Graham Gunthorpe was recognised for contributions to the Community and local Organisations for over 50 years, some of which include:

  • Bingara Show Society
  • Bingara Pony Club
  • Bingara Angers Club
  • Bingara Hatchery
  • Bingara Minor League
  • NSW Rural Fire Service Bingara Lions Club
  • Bingara Legacy

David Young’s contributions to Bingara and local Organisations for over 40 years, include:

  • Bingara Show Society – Secretary
  • Sheep and Wool Steward and
  • President Bingara Junior Cricket
  • NSW Farmers Member
  • Member and office bearer of the National Party
  • Bingara RSL Sub Branch – Member and President

Susanne Hughes’ impressive list of contributions to the organisations in Bingara include:

  • Bingara business groups
  • St Marys School P and C
  • Bingara Central School P and C
  • Bingara/Warialda Vocational Education and Training
  • Deb Ball Committees
  • Girl Guides
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Legacy
  • Touriandi Fundraising and Friends of Touriandi Committee
  • Bingara Special Events Committee
  • Bingara Christmas Carnival
  • Bingara Show Society
  • Vision 20 / 20
  • Gwydir Industry Education Links Committee – President for almost 20 years
  • Current President Senior Citizens

John Wade can often be seen around town providing rides to people taking part in fund-raising events. His contributions extend to the wider community, Organisations which have benefitted from John’s help include:

  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Bingara Pony Club
  • Giving young people purpose, appreciation and self esteem
  • National and International Visitation
  • Pink Breakfast and the
  • Annual Christmas Carnival

Robyn Gasson’s contributions to the well-being of young people in Bingara and people of a mature age in the community was recognised. Her involvement with local organisations includes:

  • Bingara Pony Club,
  • Pencilling steward for horse events at Bingara Show and Pony Club
  • Band Support Group
  • Swimming Club
  • Bingara Fitness Centre Committee member.

All of the community members, with the exception of John Wade, who was taking vistors on a ride, were present to receive their certificates from Bingara’s Australia Day Ambassador, Joseph Tawadros.