A teenage volunteer and a business that is involved with almost every community event in Orange, were awarded for their contributions at the Australia Day ceremony at Cook Park on Tuesday.
Fifteen-year-old Jordyn Wright was named Young Citizen of the Year and Kennards Hire won the Business Philanthropy Award.
Jordyn won her award for her volunteer work and community spirit demonstrated by her involvement with Orange City Council's Youth Action Council and completing the Duke of Edinburgh award.
She was one of four junior finalists this year along with Amy Wilson, Toby Betts and Joel Gaffney.
Jordyn said she was "pretty nervous" when she was named as a finalist and her family was proud of her achievement.
"I just completed my Duke of Edinburgh and I do lots of community service with the council," Jordyn said.
She said she had been involved with the council's youth action group for three years.
She said her family encouraged her to get involved in the community work.
Philanthropic efforts recognised
Luke Compt accepted the Kennards Hire Business Philanthropy award and said it was great to be acknowledged for the ongoing involvement with almost every community event in Orange.
He said one of their larger recent community events was Light UP Orange on New Year's Eve but they also worked with the council for Tuesday's Australia Day activities in Cook Park.
"We've done this event for seven years," Mr Compt said.
He said the business supplies infrastructure for the wide variety of events but it also sometimes supplies staff and the employees and managers put a lot of time into supporting the events and community.
"It's rewarding to know that the community responds to what we do and the council takes notice," Mr Compt said.
Other Business Philanthropy finalists were Inland Digital, Trojan Trays, Harris Farm Markets Orange and Orange Arcade.
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