Wingham youth wins Junior Citizen of the Year at Taree's Australia Day Awards

Wingham High School captain, Billy Callaghan was named the junior citizen of the year, acknowledged for his work as a volunteer for the Wingham Akoostik Festival in particular. Photos by Scott Calvin
Wingham High School captain, Billy Callaghan was named the junior citizen of the year, acknowledged for his work as a volunteer for the Wingham Akoostik Festival in particular. Photos by Scott Calvin

Wingham High School captain Billy Callaghan was awarded Junior Citizen of the Year at Taree's 2021 Australia Day Awards on January 26.

The award ceremony was part of the Combined Service Clubs of Taree's Australia Day celebrations held on the River Stage on Manning River foreshore.

Billy was nominated for his outstanding support as a volunteer for the Wingham Akoostik Festival in 2019 and 2020. Billy provided support well beyond what was expected in his role and is intuitive and mature beyond his years.

Billy also juggled school and work in the 12 months, being school captain of Wingham High and working at Bunnings where he was awarded 'rookie of the year'.

He was also awarded the Queen's Scout Award, which is the highest award for a Venturer, and has completed his youth Rural Fire Service course to become a member of the local RFS.