25 September 2023

Old-time residents strike gold

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A total of 12 community groups and more than 90 residents of the ACT have been recognised in the 2019 Canberra Gold Awards for living or operating in the Territory for 50 years or more.

Announcing the awards the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said that every day Canberrans did important work for the community “be it caring for our most vulnerable, nurturing our young people, contributing to Canberra’s economic diversity, or enriching our lives through creativity and innovation”.

“The Canberra Gold Awards provide the Government with a way to celebrate these individuals and organisations and the contribution they make for our community,” Mr Barr said.

“This year we’ve recognised local businesses, sporting groups across cricket, hockey, rugby union and Australian football, an orchestra and a choir, as well as community organisations, fundraising groups, and a local women’s fellowship that has both national and international impact.”

He said Canberra was a growing city, and the awards reflected on the people and groups that had helped make it such a great place to live, work and play.

“Since 2005 more than 4,500 individuals and groups have been recognised for their commitment to Canberra and the ACT through these awards,” the Chief Minister said.

President of the Woden Valley Youth Choir, Julie Rose said the choir was delighted to be receiving the award in its 50th year

“Woden Valley Youth Choir (pictured) has been an important part of the culture of Canberra since its inception in 1969 … it is wonderful to be recognised,” Ms Rose said.

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