Moree’s official Australia Day celebrations got underway with a barbecue breakfast at Jellicoe Park this morning.
This was followed by citizenship and awards ceremonies.
Sixteen residents were welcomed as new Australians while Wendy Baldwin, director of the Gwydir Mobile Children’s Serviceswas named the local Citizen of the Year.
This year’s Sportsperson of the Year was named as Max Houlahan and the Moree Show Society was named Community Group of the Year…
Australia Day in Moree: PHOTOS Kent Harris with Bridget Harris-Livet
Citizen of the Year 2015 and director of the Gwydir Mobile Children’s Services, Wendy Baldwin.
Brendan and Karen Munn, president and secretary of the Moree Show Society, which was named Community Event Group of the Year, with Show patron, Elmer Knobel OAM.
Moree’s Australia Day ambassador, Jean-Paul Bell.
Sportperson of the Year nominee, Eric Dumas.
Jess Wilks, originally from Worcestershire, now an Australian citizen and teacher at St Philomena’s.
Joel Merry, originally from Nagaland, India, now a proud Aussie.
Simon Peter Lavery, now officially an Australian citizen, with his family.
Yasotha Maheswari, Vedha Sachiya Sri and Sankamesh Sri, from Sri Lanka, join dad Chinnannan as Aussie citizens.
Geoff Dunlop, Rory Hodges, Tamara Cleal and Mackayla Hodges.
Ben Lees, Gloria and Gary Evans and Sally Lees.
Alison, Bruce, John and Robyn Amos.
Zab Moyo, Clem Chimfombo, Father Joseph Armah and new Australian citizen Joel Jose Vithayathil.
Dr Hamze Hamze with his wife, Natalie Khodr, who became on Australian citizen, and children, Farouk and Tamara.
Rita Hunter, Carol and Jock Jones and Wallace Hunter.
Rob Bartel, chief organiser of the Lions Club, which put on a free hot breakfast.
Catherine Lawler and Adam Love.
Mayor Katrina Humphries and Mr Bell.
Nithya and Muthuramalingam Muthaiah with children Amirtha and Lashitha.
Brock Hurcum and Jess Wilks.
Mr Bell and Maggie Haertsch.
Jared and Simon Hancock.
Members of the Moree and District Brass Band.
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