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Published 26 January 2021

Congratulations to David George, who has been named as our 2021 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

A retired local high school principal, Mr George has dedicated his life to community service and helping others.

He received the award at today’s City of Tea Tree Gully Citizenship and Australia Day Awards ceremony in Modbury.

Mr George was the first principal of Golden Grove High School, where he played a crucial role in developing young people, including establishing a unit for children with disabilities.

At 80 years old, Mr George still leads a maintenance project group to maintain a local church facility and nearby community service centre. He and his wife also lead a group of about 20 people to connect seniors who otherwise might be at risk of isolation.

The Outstanding Community Group of the Year award went to the Kiwanis Club of Modbury.

The group has helped maintain and repair bikes and wheelchairs for students with disabilities at the Modbury Special School for several years.

Their involvement with the school has extended to supporting senior students by attending their graduations and providing them with positive role models as they move onto the next stage of their lives.

City of Tea Tree Gully principal spokesperson Deputy Mayor Lucas Jones, who presented the awards, acknowledged the award winners and nominees achievements.

“They do outstanding work to improve the lives of others in our community. It’s wonderful to be able to honour these quiet achievers today,” said Deputy Mayor Jones.

Other nominees –

Outstanding citizen

  • Kororangihako Lyell-Kaaho
  • Jane Sternagel
  • Amy Strange
  • Martyn Pearce
  • Andy O’Donohue and Sue Jackson
  • John Adams
  • Valerie Mott

Outstanding community group

  • Pioneer Court Community Garden

National honour
Congratulations also to Peter Rostron, a former president of Tea Tree Gully Croquet Club, who received an OAM in Australia Day honours.

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