Liz Jones is Dungog Shire's Citizen of the Year

Honour: Liz Jones said it was a great honour to be named the top citizen and she could not do the community work she loves so much without the support of her husband Richard. Photograph: Michelle Mexon

Honour: Liz Jones said it was a great honour to be named the top citizen and she could not do the community work she loves so much without the support of her husband Richard. Photograph: Michelle Mexon

Dungog Shire's Rural Fire Service personnel received a standing ovation at the Australia Day Awards as they were recognised with an outstanding community service award.

Dungog Mayor Tracy Norman choked back tears when thanking the members for their selfless service.

Bendolba Salisbury, Clarence Town, Dungog, Eccleston, Flat Tops, Gresford, Martins Creek, Paterson, Vacy and Wallarobba Rural Fire Service brigades all received a certificate for outstanding community service.

A packed house at the James Theatre Community Centre saw Gresford community worker Liz Jones announced as the Dungog Shire Citizen of the Year.

Young Citizen of the Year is Jordyn Eyb.

The volunteer Service to the Community award went to Chris Fibbens.

Over many years Mrs Jones has been a major contributor and hard worker in numerous events the shire - the Three Village Art Festival, Gresford Photographic Exhibition, Dungog Photographic Exhibition, the Gresford Billy Cart Derby, Gresford Family Country Dance and recently the Paterson Allyn Garden Ramble. Liz has also been instrumental in the organising committee of Sculptures on the Farm in Fosterton. She is an active member of the Gresford District Community Group, Paterson Allyn Garden Club, Gresford Show Society and Gresford Landcare.

She is now one of the Dungog Shire Palliative Care Volunteer drivers.

Jordan Eyb is a talented young musician who loves to share her skills to "help keep music in Dungog". She recently completed a bachelor's degree in music with First Class Honours, followed by a Masters in Music Secondary Teaching. She is now just embarking on her secondary school music career.

Jordan contributes to the local community by making herself freely available to numerous community, church and local singing groups, as accompanist on the piano or organ. On Australia Day she had to come from behind the keyboard to accept her award.