Celebrating the best of Berwick

Akoonah Park Committee of Management chairman received the Local Champion Shield from Berwick MP Brad Battin during the presentation ceremony. Pictures: SUPPLIED

Berwick MP Brad Battin has celebrated the best of the electorate last week as part of his annual Berwick Community Awards.

For the first time since COVID, he hosted the awards at Rosanove Auditorium at St Margarets Berwick Grammar on Monday 9 October, with more than 120 community members in attendance.

Akoonah Park Committee of Management chairman Andrew Fyfe received the Local Champion Shield, with a record 35 community members nominated to receive a Berwick Community Award.

2022 Local Champion Shield winner Milinda Dasanayaka addressed the crowd about the imporatnce of the awards.

All awardees received a handmade wooden medallion made by local woodworker Chris Drysdale, while Clyde North baker Sweet Like Alya made custom-made biscuits for the event.

Mr Battin said Mr Fyfe was an invaluable member of the Berwick community.

“Everyone in the community knows when Andy is involved, he always gives his all, he is always willing to give a hand and the community would be lost without him,” he said.

“It was wonderful to see how diverse our awardees were, each coming from different community backgrounds, from sporting clubs, charities, temples and disability services.

“This year, we had a record number of nominations which demonstrates how much the Berwick electorate is growing for the better each year.”

Mr Battin said the awards celebrated members of the community who always worked hard for their community organisation or club.

“The Berwick Community Awards is a time to celebrate the best in our community,” he said.