Robert East Award

Portrait photo of Councillor Robert East

The Robert East Memorial Award recognises the outstanding contributions made by Kiama Municipal Council's volunteers in the community. Nominees may be Council staff who volunteer outside their work with Council, or non Council employees.

The Award honours the late Councillor East who had an outstanding record of community service.  

2022 Award recipients

Lachlan Davidson

Kiama Council lifeguard Lachlan Davidson received the Robert East Community Service Award for 2022.

As well as a highly-valued member of Council’s lifeguard service, Lachlan was an outstanding record of community service through his volunteering at Kiama Surf Life Saving Club and Surf Rescue 50 (Jet Boat).

He’d previously won Kiama Surf Life Saving Club’s Lifesaver of the Year and Youth Lifesaver of the Year.

In the 2021/22 season he achieved a perfect (100%) beach patrol attendance, working 118.5 patrol hours. He gained a Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion and was promoted to Patrol Captain.

As well as his beach patrols, he also served with Surf Rescue 50, dealing with flood emergencies, missing swimmers and fishermen.

As an 18-year-old Lachlan is a great role model for younger and older generations, with his hard work, care and dedication.

He is a wonderful representative of the Kiama Council lifeguard service and a very worthy winner of the Robert East Community Service Award for 2022.