For the second year in a row, Fitzroy Crossing presented Australia Day awards to deserving members of the community.
This year, the awards recognised two passionate people who are advocators for residents in the community and support them through their hard work.
Geoff Davis took out the Active Citizen Award. A Fitzroy Crossing resident for 17 years, Mr Davis has dedicated his life to creating opportunities and filling gaps.
He advocates for awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and has four foster children with the disorder. He is known for working tirelessly for many causes, but is most passionate about youth in the region and helping them to reach their goals.
The Under 25 Years Award went to Avreanna Hobbs, a young Wangkatjungka/Gooniyandi woman who has lived in Fitzroy Crossing her whole life. A culturally confident young woman, Ms Hobbs speaks Walmajarri, Kriol and English and is known as a role model among her peers. She works with the Visiting Families program, which supports young teenage girls and is involved in developing their self-confidence.
Baya Gawiy Buga yani Jandu yani u Centre received the award for a Community Group for their Fitzroy Crossing Community Christmas Party.
The centre has become a wonderful addition to Fitzroy Crossing, supported by June Oscar and Emily Carter who were instrumental in establishing the facility.