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Australia Day Award Ceremonies were today held across the Whitsunday Region at Collinsville, Bowen and Proserpine with awards being presented to 29 worthy recipients.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said for our communities, Australia Day is the ideal day to celebrate and recognise Whitsunday citizens for their outstanding achievements.
“As Mayor of the Whitsunday Region it is always a great honour to present the awards to our residents who represent excellence in our region and share a common commitment to the local community,” Cr Willcox said.
“Our award winners come from all walks of life and have excelled in different areas whether they be sporting achievements, working in community groups or being dedicated to a specific cause,” he said.
“Many of these dedicated groups and individuals go out of their way to enrich the lives of others and freely give their time for the betterment of others; they truly are an inspiration.
“I would also like to thank the people who took the time to submit a nomination, without your efforts these awards would not be possible.”
The full list of the Whitsunday Region Australia Day Award Winners 2018 are as follows:
CollinsvilleCitizen of the Year – William (Charlie) HobsonYoung Citizen of the Year – Bianca AnonuevoSenior Citizen of the Year – Melvyn PooleSenior Sports Award – Helen CoxJunior Sports Award – Georgia SimpsonSports Administrator Award – Brett FarraherSenior Cultural Award – Patricia WidtJunior Cultural Award – Rilee MackieCommunity Event of the Year – Collinsville State School P & C Association – Colour Chaos Fun Run
BowenCitizen of the Year – Mr Michael McLean and Ms Jo GriggsYoung Citizen of the Year – Emma NebauerSenior Citizen of the Year – Lenore BrownSenior Sports Award – No nominations receivedJunior Sports Award – Lydiah BallingerSports Administrator Award – Gary FordhamSenior Cultural Award – Eileen CrouchJunior Cultural Award – Madeleine TruemanCommunity Event of the Year – Legends of League All StarsMayoral Award – Jennifer Brazil
Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine & surroundsCitizen of the Year – Chris HarveyYoung Citizen of the Year – Emma DeickeSenior Citizen of the Year – Brian RichardsonSenior Sports Award – No nominations receivedJunior Sports Award – Lochlon BlandSports Administrator Award – Bernadette MacdougallSenior Cultural Award – Whitsunday Family History GroupJunior Cultural Award – Taylor TrewarthaCommunity Event of the Year – Whitsunday SESsionsWally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award – Mr Joseph Little