Bill Jones named citizen of the year on Australia Day

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Yanchep Two Rocks RSL president Bill Jones is the 2024 YTRCRA citizen of the year. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE 2024 winner of the citizen of the year award announced at the Australia Day breakfast in Two Rocks yesterday is Bill Jones.

Yanchep Two Rocks Community Recreation Association (YTRCRA) president Julie Otremba said a navy man Mr Jones was a long-time committee member of the Yanchep Two Rocks RSL where he had served as president and vice president.

“His roles involve running the Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services,’’ she said.

“Bill also officiates at members’ funerals.

“He is hard working in our community – visiting veterans (both young and old) at home or in hospital.

“He travels to visit those in country areas and is always available to assist where needed.’’

Bill Anderson of Yanchep accepted the community group award on behalf of the Yanchep Two Rocks Community Bus. Picture: Anita McInnes

The Yanchep Two Rocks Community Bus, which has been a big part of the community taking residents shopping and to their doctors’ appointments, was the recipient of this year’s community group award.

Mrs Otremba said groups could use the bus at a reduced cost and seniors used the bus for outings.

“The bus is run by volunteers and is completely governed by volunteers.

“Eighteen months ago the community bus became a subcommittee of YTRCRA.’’

This year two Year 12 Yanchep Secondary College (YSC) students were named as youth achiever award winners.

Phoebe Clune, who has been elected a school captain for 2024, was recognised as a wonderful person and a member of the college’s student leadership team for many years.

This year YTRCRA awarded two youth awards, which went to Yanchep Secondary College students Darcy Jackson and Phoebe Clune. Picture: Anita McInnes

“Over her time at YSC Phoebe has received many academic and sporting awards and has represented the college at interschool sporting and academic events.’’

Darcy Jackson has also been a YSC student leadership team member for many years and has also been elected as a school captain this year.

She too has received many academic and sporting awards and has represented the college at interschool sporting and academic events.

“Darcy has also been awarded the Harding Miller Foundation/YAL scholarship in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.’’

Their nominator said both Phoebe and Darcy were natural leaders and represented the core values of the college by consistently modelling integrity and respect.

At the Australia Day breakfast in Two Rocks this year YTRCRA volunteers and family members served about 700 breakfasts.