Community's top volunteers recognised at Australia Day civic awards

Rebecca Holcomb and Brett Atkins were recognised as some of Camden's top volunteers for 2020. Pictures: Kaid Caronna
Rebecca Holcomb and Brett Atkins were recognised as some of Camden's top volunteers for 2020. Pictures: Kaid Caronna

Camden's top volunteers, organisations and athletes were clebrated during this year's Australia Day Civic Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

This year's Citizen of of the Year was renowned local photographer Brett Atkins.

Mr Atkins was honoured for his work within the community and for his volunteer work with Camden West and Menangle Park RFS brigades.

"I am completely overwhelmed - I am just amazed to receive this award," the Grasmere resident said.

"I know I do a lot around here but there are a lot of worthy people out there.

"I've worked in a ot of other towns but there are no other towns like Camden.

"There is no other town with a culture of volunteering like this."

Mr Atkins, 50, said he was proud to see locals throwing so much support behind the region's firefighters.

"I wasn't able to march with them but seeing the applause they got made me so proud for them," he said.

"It was so nice to see the community come down and support them like that.

"I am just one person in an amazing organisation.

"I was out there fighting fires but so were all of them - we all worked hard."

Brett Atkins

Brett Atkins

Mr Atkins encouraged all locals to join a community group or organisations.

"If you love this area being a part of a community group is a great way to give back," he said.

"I encourage everyone to get involved, especially the new residents."

The Young Citizen of the Rebecca Halcomb was recognised for her work with the Narellan 1st scouts Group.

The 15-year-old Elizabeth Macarthur High School student said she was humbled to win the award.

"I didn't know I was going to win," she said.

"I knew I deserved it but there are so many other worthy winners as well.

"I was just really proud to represent my scout group because this is the first time we have won this award."

Rebecca said that the scouts was a great organisation for an y young people looking to try something new.

Rebecca Holcomb

Rebecca Holcomb

"I've been a member since I was 6 or 7 years old and I just love it because we get to do so many great things," she said.

"We'll go hiking or canoeing, we get to work in the community and we also go camping - there are lots of kids who might never get go out and do that.

"Just do it - just get out there and give it a go."

This year's full list of winners:

  • Community Event of the Year - Camden Lions Club and Turning Point, Camden
  • Arts and Cultural Award - Gaylene Field
  • Sports Achievement Award - Lily Hreszczuk
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Rebecca Halcomb
  • Citizen of the Year - Brett Atkins