Darrell Clingan surprised with Premier’s Community Service Award

Kiama MP Gareth Ward presents the Premier’s Community Service Award to Gerringong's Darrell Clingan.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward presents the Premier’s Community Service Award to Gerringong's Darrell Clingan.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has presented a Premier’s Community Service Award to Darrell Clingan of Werri Beach.

The Premier’s award is only given to two local residents every year and before visiting Mr Ward at his office, Mr Clingan was not aware of the honour.

Mr Ward said that Mr Clingan received this prestigious Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to our local community.

“Darrell is a real unsung hero after serving many years as Chair of the South Precinct Committee in Gerringong,” he said.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward presents the Premier’s Community Service Award to Gerringong's Darrell Clingan.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward presents the Premier’s Community Service Award to Gerringong's Darrell Clingan.

“He has been an influential figure in our local community and played a key part in several community projects from the Gerringong upgrade of our Princes Highway a few years ago to improving the safety of our wildlife at the Union Creek bridge crossing in Belinda Street, Gerringong.

“He is a well-known and respected local identity who has given much of his time in the pursuit of assisting others and helping to build a stronger local community. I recall his great work in such wonderful local organisations as Kiama Community Transport.

Darrell has also fought to preserve iconic green spaces in Gerringong and maintain the treasured view corridor from the Gerringong CBD down towards the ocean. He also worked with me to oppose the proposed merger of Kiama and Shoalhaven councils.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward

“Darrell Clingan is a very worthy receipt of the Premier’s Community Service Award – he makes our community a better place,” Mr Ward concluded.

Mr Clingan and his wife Irene retired to Gerringong and since making the move south from Sydney, have become heavily involved in community events and affairs, constantly putting service above self.

“It’s a great honour,” Mr Clingan said

“I’m extremely honoured to be given this award.”

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