Marble Bar shines light on top cop

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie & Citizen of the Year Nick Hamer.
Camera IconShire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie & Citizen of the Year Nick Hamer. Credit: Marble Bar CRC

A historic Pilbara town has revealed the winner of its most prestigious annual prize, with a cop rising above all the entries to be recognised for his “tireless efforts”.

Marble Bar police officer-in-charge Nick Hamer was presented with the Marble Bar Citizen of the Year Award at a ceremony eight months after being announced as the winner.

Mr Hamer, who arrived in town in 2018, was recognised for his work as the officer-in-charge and his community engagement.

Since moving to Marble Bar, Mr Hamer has worked with the Shire to re-commence the Friday night basketball and barbecue for the children of the town, and has been a key member of the local fire emergency services.

Mr Hamer has also promoted Bike Week to the local children and used Bike Week to create an event for the young people in town which included a safety session, bike ride, repairs, and prizes.

He said he was surprised to be given the gong after being in town for just 12 months.

“It was nice to receive recognition for what we as a station are doing,” he said.

“It’s about community engagement, building up trust within the community and making it a nicer and safer place to live.”

Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said they intended to present the award to Mr Hamer earlier in the year, but had to postpone the presentation due to Cyclone Veronica.

“To be acknowledged as Citizen of Year is an enormous privilege and honour,” she said.

“This is why we felt it was important to wait to formally present the Citizen of the Year award to Nick Hamer, and I am thrilled to be here to finally hand it over to him.”

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