Cool day for ceremony

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Locals made a splash at the BHP Pool Party at South Hedland Aqautic Centre
Camera IconLocals made a splash at the BHP Pool Party at South Hedland Aqautic Centre

Twenty locals made the pledge to become Australians last Tuesday as part of the annual Town of Port Hedland citizenship ceremony, which started a day of fun activities across town.

Newly appointed citizens beamed with pride as they fronted community members and business leaders at the Australia Day citizenship event in the Civic Centre’s Gratwick Hall.

Citizen of the Year accolades were awarded to four local heroes for their service to the Hedland community.

Fire and Rescue Port Hedland captain Graeme Hunter, reef guide Doris Teufel, young environmentalist Bayden Rae and cafe owner Hai Huynh were recognised for their contributions to the mining community.

Community Citizen of the Year was awarded to Mr Hunter for his dedicated service and outstanding efforts as part of the emergency services.

He said he was proud to live in Hedland and watch the community bond over the years.

“The five years I have been here, the town has really grown and certainly the spirit of the town has developed a lot more,” he said.

“Being the captain of the fire and rescue (team) in Port Hedland is a special role ... I’m proud to be involved.”

TOPH Mayor Peter Carter said he congratulated everyone who was nominated and thanked the winners for making the town a better place.

“Today is our time to reflect on the diversity of our community and thank those who selflessly give of their time throughout the year,” he said.

“These awards are one of my favourite events on the calender as we get to shine a spotlight on the volunteer efforts that may go under the radar.”

The formalities were followed by a day of fun at South Hedland Aquatic Centre were families made a splash as part of the BHP Community Pool Party.

The party continued on into the evening at Kevin Scott Oval for the Pilbara Ports Authority Fireworks Spectacular, where locals could enjoy food trucks, live music and a colourful fireworks display.

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