Gary Hunter, of Walpole, was citizen of the year at the council's ceremony at Pemberton Pool on Saturday. About 130 people turned out to celebrate the hard-working and dedicated people in the Shire of Manjimup.Residents dedicated to the betterment of the Lower South West were acknowledged for their contributions to the region at Australia Day ceremonies on Saturday.
At Pemberton Pool, the Manjimup Shire Council held its annual awards ceremony with gongs for citizen of the year, youth citizen of the year, senior citizen of the year and community group of the year. Walpole resident Gary Hunter was recognised as the citizen of the year for his involvement in Walpole Primary School projects including aquaponics, the vegetable garden, the orchard and his role as president of the school’s P&C and active School Board member.
“Not too many of you would know me, I think, I’m a bit of a Wal- pole blow-in, I’ve only been there 20 years,” he said. “One thing Walpole has done for me is show me the value of volunteering. I’d like to congratulate all the volunteers here today and say thank you.”