Public health physician Dr David Durrheim has been named Lake Mac Ambassador for 2022 for his outstanding efforts keeping the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
David took out top honours at the recent Lake Mac Awards gala ceremony. The ceremony is held to recognise the city’s high achievers in sport, volunteering, and the community.
Lake Macquarie Mayor, Kay Fraser, said David was a more-than-worthy winner of this year’s Lake Mac Ambassador award.
“David’s presence throughout the pandemic – his level-headed advice, his consistent messaging and his heartfelt pleas for people to take precautions – undoubtedly helped minimise the impact of COVID over the past two years,” she said.
“More generally, he has been a leading light in promoting public health both in Australia and internationally for many years, driving towards a world with more equitable and accessible public health services for everyone.”
“He’s a true pillar of our community, an inspiration for us all, and will be a wonderful ambassador for our city,” Kay finished.
David, who described himself as “a rusted-on Lake Mac local”, said he was humbled and honoured to take the night’s top prize.
“As a community we’ve tackled this colossal challenge of COVID together,” David said.
“Sometimes my attention has been very health-focused but to actually see how people across the spectrum have muscled in and made their contribution is really inspiring – it’s something that has made my heart very warm,” he said.
The announcement capped a night in which winners were announced across 13 categories.
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series five-time World Champion, Rhiannan Iffland, was named Sports Star of the Year, and former World Champion trampoline gymnast, Brett Austine, took out the Lake Mac Sports Leader category for his decades of dedication to the sport.
Swimmer, Victoria Robinson, was named the Lake Mac Sports Star With Disability after qualifying in nationals for the past two years.
Whitebridge 11-year-old, Xavier Neil, became one of the city’s youngest ever Young Citizen of the Year for his incredible work raising more than $70,000 for local cancer charities.
Xavier’s ‘Good X Karma’ products are stocked in more than 25 local businesses, with all profits going to support cancer patients.
Lake Mac charity, Hope in a Suitcase, was named Community Group of the Year for its work providing suitcases full of necessities for children in the foster care system.
Mexico-born street artist, Goya Torres, whose works adorn walls across the globe, was named Lake Mac Artist and Creator for 2022. Torres, who now lives in Macquarie Hills, has painted murals in various locations across Lake Macquarie and has exhibited her works in Toronto.
OzHarvest volunteer, June Butler, took out the Volunteer of the Year category for her work teaching life skills to at-risk young people and helping prepare thousands of food hampers and hot meals for distribution across the Hunter Region.
Cr Kay Fraser congratulated this year’s 90-plus nominees, finalists and winners.
“Each year I’m struck by the diversity of people and organisations doing amazing things in our city.”
“To all our nominees, category finalists and winners, I want to say thank you on behalf of all of Lake Macquarie. You help make our city what it is today,” she finished.
Lake Mac Awards 2022 winners
|Lake Mac Ambassador||Dr David Durrheim|
|Lake Mac Young Sports Star||Tom March|
|Lake Mac Artist and Creator||Goya Torres|
|Lake Mac Sports Star||Rhiannan Iffland|
|Lake Mac Senior of the Year||Janice McKay|
|Lake Mac Arts Leader||Ulanda and Caroli de Villiers – Kwas Studio|
|Lake Mac Sports Star with Disability||Victoria Robinson|
|Lake Mac Community Group of the Year||Hope in a Suitcase|
|Lake Mac Sports Leader||Brett Austine|
|Lake Mac Young Citizen of the Year||Xavier Neil|
|Lake Mac COVID-19 Hero||Gateway Care|
|Lake Mac Environmental Leader||Swansea Community Cottage Inc|
|Lake Mac Volunteer of the Year||June Butler – OzHarvest|
IMAGE | Dr David Durrheim named Lake Mac Ambassador
Lake Macquarie is the fastest growing city in the Hunter, and one of the largest cities in New South Wales. Lake Macquarie Council is the Local Government area comprising of the town centres of Belmont, Cardiff, Charlestown, Glendale, Morisset, Mount Hutton, Swansea, Toronto and Warners Bay.