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Whitsunday Regional Council has marked Australia Day 2020 by honouring our region’s high achievers, while also welcoming those who took the pledge to become our newest Australian Citizens.
Community celebrations and official ceremonies were held across the Whitsunday region in Collinsville, Bowen and Proserpine.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said it is a great honour to be part of such a special day across our nation and be amongst the people that call the Whitsunday region home.
“I am fortunate in my role to be involved with many different facets of our community and I can proudly say our Whitsunday residents truly represent the Australian values,” Mayor Willcox said.
“The winners and the nominees of the Awards come from all walks of life and have excelled in different areas but the one common theme I see amongst them is that they are genuine community minded people.
“Today we also welcomed 32 new Australian Citizens coming from 13 different countries.“It’s really exciting to see how much becoming an Australia citizen means to our new citizens and hear about the journey they’ve been on to get to this point.”
The full list of the Whitsunday Region Australia Day Award Winners 2020 are as follows:
CollinsvilleCitizen of the Year – Heather BrownYoung Citizen of the Year – Deacon WhatuiraSenior Citizen of the Year – Casandra WoodhouseSenior Sportsperson Award – Renea BatchelorJunior Sportsperson Award – Jack GroocockSports Administrator Award – Bianca WilsonSenior Cultural Award – Sarah MilneJunior Cultural Award – The Youth CrewCommunity Event of the Year – Collinsville Community Association: 100 Years of Mining
BowenCitizen of the Year – Anthony WattersYoung Citizen of the Year – Jordan KellySenior Citizen of the Year – James CumminsJunior Sportsperson Award – Isabella BruceSports Administrator Award – Bowen Golf Club VolunteersSenior Cultural Award – Patricia and Walter HournJunior Cultural Award – Poppy NobesCommunity Event of the Year – Bowen Tourism & Business: 2019 North Head Lighthouse Walk
Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine & surroundsCitizen of the Year – Michelle BrayfordYoung Citizen of the Year – Jack HandleySenior Citizen of the Year – John PenhallurickSenior Sportsperson Award – Ramon HutchinsonJunior Sportsperson Award – Mikhaila FlintSports Administrator Award – Mark EricksonSenior Cultural Award – Jo-Anne FraserJunior Cultural Award – William KellyCommunity Event of the Year – Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League: 2019 Paul Bowen ChallengeWally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award – Jeni Borellini