Australia Day Award – Maitland

25-year-old Bolwarra Heights (Hunter Valley) resident Montana Duggan was named Young Citizen of the Year in Maitland for her work on the committee of local non-profit, Friends of Palliative Care.

Since losing her father to cancer in 2011, Ms Duggan has worked with the group to raise money for quality palliative care services across the Hunter Valley, serving as both vice president and now president of the committee.

“We are fortunate to have young people like Montana in our community. Her commitment to her cause, leadership qualities and fundraising efforts are more than deserving of this year’s Young Citizen of the Year award,” Cr Penfold said.

Along with Ms Chilcott and Ms Duggan, nine other outstanding Maitland residents were nominated for their contribution to the community.

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