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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney congratulated all the Whitsunday regionAustralia Day Award winners who were presented with their awards at ceremonies across theregion yesterday.
“Yesterday I attended Australia Day celebrations in Collinsville, Bowen and Airlie Beach andpresented Australia Day awards to 29 worthy local recipients,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Local community awards are an integral part of Australia Day, as they recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of residents in the Whitsunday region.
“This year’s recipients are from all over our region and all walks of life, but they all share a common commitment to the local community and represent excellence in our region.
“Each year we celebrate the achievements and contributions of eminent Whitsunday citizensthrough the Australia Day Awards.
“The winners inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better community.
“Special mention must go to our Citizens of the Year from Bowen – Mick Boyce, Collinsville –Gregory Lawn and Whitsunday - Reg Gillen.
“The Australia Day Citizen of the Year award shows the recipients’ contribution to the community is valued and it is a great way to show our appreciation,” she said.
The full list of the Whitsunday region Australia Day Award Winners 2015 are as follows:
Citizen of the Year – Gregory LawnYoung Citizen of the Year – Monique SibsonSenior Citizen of the Year – Denise HallSenior Sports Award – Dave PaskeJunior Sports Award – Antony BallarinoSports Administrator Award – Jackie ReygersbergSenior Cultural Award – Collinsville Connect TelecentreJunior Cultural Award – Collinsville State High School Theatre RestaurantCommunity Event of the Year – Collinsville Christian Family Church – Carols by Candlelight
Citizen of the Year – Mick BoyceYoung Citizen of the Year – Lily HorspoolSenior Citizen of the Year – Richard Powell OckendenSenior Sports Award – Reg AndisonJunior Sports Award – Kyra DomrowSports Administrator Award – Gordon WilsonSenior Cultural Award – Michelle HookeJunior Cultural Award – Bowen Ruby CrewCommunity Event of the Year – Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend
Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine Region
Citizen of the Year – Reg GillenYoung Citizen of the Year Joint Winners – Todd Marshall and Isabelle SilberlingSenior Citizen of the Year – Tom ManningSenior Sports Award – Anton ZafirJunior Sports Award – Dylan BarbelerSports Administrator Award – Raylene RasmussenSenior Cultural Award – Choral C VoicesJunior Cultural Award – Laura RobsonCommunity Event of the Year – Airlie Beach Music FestivalWally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award – Gay Bowden
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