Gordon Temby and Augusta’s Jan White — and youth recipient Kai-Anna Prendergast — were honoured at Thursday night’s Shire of Augusta-Margaret River annual volunteer awards. In a hotly contested field thanks to the region’s strong volunteerism and community expertise, Ms White and Mr Temby shared the top honour. Mr Temby is a renowned volunteer firefighter and veteran, a passionate supporter of the men’s shed, Margaret River Rotary, and the local Returned and Services League. Ms White was honoured for her valued work at the Augusta Community Nursery, Augusta Coast and Landcare, Augusta Lions Club and its local historical society. Ms Prendergast was named the 2022 Youth Volunteer of the Year for her contribution to Football Margaret River. Certificates of appreciation were also awarded to youth nominees Elleni Lambert, Joshua Yates, Michaela Branigan, Ruby Ballard, and Sam Joyce. Because of the timing of the awards, the Times wasn’t able to speak with the recipients before deadline. Shire president Paula Cristoffanini said she was grateful to everyone who gave up personal time to volunteering in the community, which made a real difference. “This year’s nominations from community members were passionate, inspiring and a joy to read,” she said. “Without volunteers, many of the projects, events, groups, facilities and services in our community would simply not exist. “I am extremely humbled by the contributions of our volunteers and express my sincere thanks and admiration for the work they do and for making our community an inclusive, supportive and vibrant place to live.” The adult award saw 13 nominations in total, considered by a panel which included last year’s recipients. Certificates of appreciation went to Barbara Maidment, Bernie Jones, Curtis Bacich, Elle Weston, Emma Partington, Jarrod Masotto, Jasmine Meagher, Jenny Kikeros, Ryan Pollock, Vivian Halsall and Wendy Coffey in honour of “countless hours in contributing to the success of various community organisations,” the Shire president said. A ceremony was held at the Margaret River Heart last night, with prizes donated by local businesses and the Department of Communities.