Australia Day honours bestowed on Murray, Pinjarra heroes

Shire president David Bolt, Australia Day WA Citizen Award winner Jenny Ruyter and Murray MLA Robyn Clarke.
Shire president David Bolt, Australia Day WA Citizen Award winner Jenny Ruyter and Murray MLA Robyn Clarke.

HUNDREDS of proud Australians gathered at Edenvale, Pinjarra for the Lions Club of Pinjarra and Shire of Murray Australia Day celebrations.

Jenni Ruyter is the Australia Day WA Citizen Award winner in recognition of 10 years as artist caretaker at Fairbridge Village and contributions to the Pinjarra Community Garden and the Pinjarra Town Centre revitalisation project in which she painted murals on buildings including the original Tuckey’s Mitre 10, Pinjarra Primary School library and the Anzac memorial wall.

The Senior Citizen Award went to Susan Hill, a member of the Pinjarra Lions Club since 2008 who spent many hours fundraising for the community, including through donations to medical research and natural disaster relief.

Luke De Silva and Jake Bennet were the dual recipients of the Youth Citizen Award.

De Silva was recognised for his contribution as chairman of the Shire of Murray myVoice youth reference group and a member of its Access and Inclusion Group, despite severe visual disability.

Bennet was honoured for his contributions to Coolup Bush Fire Brigade as a junior cadet and involvement in Coolup Kids Club.

North Pinjarra Progress Association won the Community Citizenship Award.

Shire president David Bolt said the Association had re-energised North Pinjarra through several events that gave youth, seniors and other demographics a place to belong.