AS AUSTRALIA Day continues to promote a theme of diversity, so too were the winners of this year's awards in Leeton shire.
While an apology on the day, talented sportsperson and student Tamika Rourke was named the young achiever of the year.
Tamika is making a mark in the sporting world in a variety of disciplines and codes.
When it came to organisation of the year, the top gong went to Kurrajong.
We are always supported by Leeton Shire Council and the community.Deanne Bolesta
With clients and staff on hand to accept the award, it was clear to see how much it meant.
Kurrajong Outreach Services manager Deanne Bolesta said the award was unexpected.
"We are so honoured to be here representing Kurrajong and to be doing it in such a wonderful community that is Leeton," she said.
"When people say what's the best thing about Kurrajong?
"I tell them, it's definitely the people. It's the people we support and their beautiful families. Our staff and everyone in between.
"We are always supported by Leeton Shire Council and the community. We are thrilled with this award."
Leeton Fire and Rescue NSW was the other nominee in the organisation of the year category.
When it came to the event of the year, that honour went to the Australia Art Deco Festival Leeton.
Organised by a band of volunteers and council, the festival is hoping to return in 2021.
The award was accepted by volunteer Lenore Ditton, as well as council's general manager Jackie Kruger.
"I would just like to say that an art deco festival can't take place without the enormous assistance of the volunteer group that supports the staff with this exciting event," Mrs Kruger said.
"So we acknowledge our volunteers and staff.
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"They make the festival hip, hop and happening and let's hope we can go ahead this year again."
Light Up Leeton and the Leeton Farmers and Makers Markets were just pipped at the post as the other two nominees for event of the year.
Lifelong citizen to the shire was awarded to Bob Parsons, who was also thrilled by the recognition.
"I can't believe it," Mr Parsons told the crowd. This is a fantastic honour."