Hundreds of Broome residents gathered down at Town Beach this morning to celebrate Australia Day, to recognise some Broome’s most valued citizens of the year and welcome a new cohort of 24 Australians into the fold. But before the new Australians received their citizenship, the Broome Citizens of the Year were announced by Shire of Broome Deputy President Desiree Male. Chris Malone was honoured with the Shire of Broome Active Citizen award for his volunteer work with Broome Skate Rats which helps support and keep the youth of Broome active and connected to community. Maura Green was honoured with the Shire’s Senior Citizen of the Year award for her dedication to keeping Broome litter free throughout 2022. Kate Garstone was honoured with the Broome Community Citizenship of the Year award for her tireless work as a nurse in the emergency department at Broome Hospital and her volunteer work with the Broome Food Co-op. “Our three award winners for 2022 should feel deservingly proud of their achievement,” Ms Male said “Today, we come together as a nation to celebrate what is great about living in this country and what we love about being Australian. “It’s a day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, whether it’s by birth or by choice, and what we’ve achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.” After addressing the crowd with a welcome to country Yawuru traditional owner Diane Appleby said Yawuru country is a special place. “With the support and help of the community and the Shire working together, we can make this place a more beautiful place than we have already seen,” she said. Thanking the Broome Lions Club for putting on the breakfast, Ms Male said she welcomed the 24 new citizens to celebrate Australia Day with the rest of the Broome Community.