Jim Callinan: A Beacon of Community Spirit in Upper Hunter Shire

Published on 05 February 2024


In the heart of Upper Hunter Shire, Jim Callinan stands as a testament to the power of community and dedication. Celebrated as the Citizen of the Year 2024, Jim's journey is a compelling narrative of commitment, generosity, and teamwork. With a broadcasting career spanning over four decades, Jim has been more than a familiar voice; he has been a pivotal figure in promoting Scone's identity and supporting local charities.

Jim's unwavering dedication to various causes, particularly the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, underscores his belief in the collective strength of the community. His involvement in events and initiatives has significantly contributed to the fabric of Upper Hunter Shire, making it a remarkable place to live. When asked about the highlights of his journey, Jim attributes his successes to the support and collaboration of the community. "I have been very lucky," he shares, emphasising the importance of teamwork in achieving great things. "No one does great things alone. Teamwork makes the plan work."

His advice to those who look up to him for inspiration is reflective of his own experiences. Jim believes in the power of a supportive team and the impact of working together towards common goals. "In my two awards I received, they have many fingerprints on them," he says, acknowledging the collective effort behind individual achievements. Jim's story is a reminder of the strength found in unity and the impact of giving back to the community.

As we celebrate Jim Callinan's contributions, his story serves as a beacon of inspiration for all of us. It reminds us that we are indeed "lucky to live where we live" in Upper Hunter Shire, a community enriched by the spirit of its people.