In 2017 the East Ballina Lions Club announced the launch of the East Ballina Lions Shirley Green Award. The inaugural award, which carries a prize of $1,000, is being funded by a bequest from a former member of the club who willed this money to the East Ballina Club. It is intended that the Club will fund and continue to present the Award annually.
This Award is an open award with applicants encouraged from across a wide range of categories and ages, from both individuals and groups. Examples of those encouraged to apply would be a student wishing to pursue a particular line of study, a sports person, artist, actor or a performance group wishing to proceed along a pathway, in which this award may assist them to achieve their goal. Applications may be a self nomination or through a nominator. The first presentation of the Award took place at the East Ballina Changeover Dinner to be held on July 11th 2017. The winner was Eli Hedges who voluntarily runs an after school jui jitsu group for children.