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Congratulations to the Hilltops 2022 Australia Day Award Winners.


Lions/Apex Club Citizen of the Year – Justin Fleming

Rotary Young Achiever of the Year Award – Jack Fahey

Community Awards – Phil Riles, Helen McGrath and Julie Poplin

The Len & Joan Oxley Memorial Award – Bert McMahon

Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Toby McGrath

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Tamsyn Ritchie

Junior Sportsperson of the Year (12 years and under) – Xavier Roffey

Sporting Team of the Year – Boorowa Rugby Club

Club Person of the Year – Des Grimson


Citizen of the Year – Daryl Hammond and James Sheehan

Junior Citizen of the Year – Jannat Bakri

Business of the Year – Young Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Centre


Citizen of the Year – Glenn and Ros Stewart

Junior Citizen of the Year – Chloe Wade

Senior Citizen of the Year – Jim Ryan

Special Community Award (Posthumous Award) – Phyllis Summerfield

Towncare Award – Ross and Lorraine Pollock (Clean up Australia Day)

Community Involvement in Sport – Jason and Jody Pollard (Harden Murrumburrah Rugby League club)


Wombatian Citizen of the Year – Jessica Holmes

Wombat Senior Sports Person of the Year – Skye Smith

Wombat Junior Sports Person of the Year – Grace Card

2022 Australia Day Ambassadors 

Four ambassadors visited the Hilltops Region to help residents and visitors celebrate 2022 Australia Day.

Tour de Cure co-founders Samantha Hollier and Geoff Coombes OAM of Tour De Cure have been announced as the Australia Day Ambassadors for Boorowa, Founder of Good360 Australia philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Alison Covington will be on hand in Harden, while Olympian Sprint Kayaker and motivation speaker Jo Brigden-Jones OLY will be in Young. 


Samantha Hollier (Boorowa) – Ms. Samantha Hollier-James, co-founder of Tour de Cure learned from her loving mother and Nan that caring for others together, creates a strong community and better life. Her upbring nurtured her self-belief and ability to reach out and share ideas and create big dreams. When her beloved Nan developed bowel cancer and died, Samantha became determined to forge a movement to cure cancer.  Fourteen years ago, with friends Geoff Coombes and Gary Bertwistle, she co-created Tour de Cure, a charity that has already raised over $60 million and funded 502 cancer research, support and prevention projects. Tour de Cure also established a kids’ cancer prevention project that has encouraged more than 110,000 Australian school children, across all states and communities, to be fit, healthy and happy. Excitingly, Tour De Cure will be visiting the Hilltops in March 2022.



Geoff Coombes OAM (Boorowa) – In 2007 with friends Gary Bertwistle, and Samantha Hollier-James, Geoff established the now iconic Tour de Cure with their first Tour de Cure ride, from Brisbane to Sydney, bringing together 29 people and raising just over $400,000. Today, Tour de Cure is much more than a bike ride, now hosting over 10,000 people each year on walks, charity rides and gala events raising over $12M per annum. Tour de Cure engages communities around Australia to learn that 1 in 3 Cancers are preventable. COVID-19 has impacted Tour de Cure fundraising but not their spirit and conviction to keep fighting cancer and engaging communities continues.





Alison Covington (Harden) – Alison Covington brought the Good360 charity to Australia, which offers the retail sector a sustainable, community-focused option to redirect surplus product from landfill. The charity inspires all Australians to ensure that every brand-new product must have a ‘first life’ use – nothing useful to lie unused or go to waste. Good360 is Australia’s largest on-line marketplace, matching business’ surplus brand-new goods to people most in need and in just six years, over 300 retailers and manufacturers have signed on and donated over $205 million in brand new products. Their network of almost 3,000 member charities and disadvantaged schools Australia-wide, across 31 cause areas, order the goods they need from the Good360 website with the ease of 24/7 access. Thanks to Alison’s business model and vision, more than 24 million brand-new items have been matched to people in need, helping to provide dignity and equality. Good360 Australia can be found on Instagram @good360_australia and Facebook @Good360Australia



Jo Brigden-Jones OLY (Young) – Olympian and elite athlete in the sport of sprint kayaking, Jo has represented Australia in international competitions all around the world. Her highlight was racing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where her K4 crew placed 9th.  Jo is classed as one of Australia’s most versatile paddlers, having raced in all sprint and boat classes in World Championship and World Cup events. Her dedication and years of training has reaped many rewards including a World Championship medal, multiple World Cup medals and 38 Australian National Titles. Jo has had many successes in the sport, as well as many challenges.