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Australia Day Award Ceremonies were yesterday held across the Whitsunday Region at Collinsville, Bowen and Airlie Beach with awards being presented to 30 worthy recipients.
Mayor Andrew Willcox congratulated all the winners and said it was an honour to present awards to Whitsunday locals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the community.
“The Awards are a gratifying part of Australia Day, each year allowing us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Whitsunday citizens,” Cr Willcox said.
“Our award winners come from all walks of life and have excelled in different areas, but they all share a common commitment to the local community and represent excellence in our region,” he said.
“This year we have introduced a Mayoral Award which honours a local person or group as chosen by myself and my Councillors.
“It is easy to feel inspired when hearing of the hard work and dedication displayed by all of our winners and it encourages others to think about how they can make a contribution to creating a better community.
“I also want to congratulate the nominees and thank everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for this year’s Awards.”
The full list of the Whitsunday region Australia Day Award Winners 2017 are as follows:
Citizen of the Year (Joint Award) – Les Creffield and Marissa KearneyYoung Citizen of the Year – Brittney HathawaySenior Citizen of the Year – Doug BatchelorSenior Sports Award – Renae BatchelorJunior Sports Award – Abby PlateSports Administrator Award – Matthew PykeSenior Cultural Award – Collinsville & Scottville & District Hospital SocietyJunior Cultural Award – Keenan DawsonCommunity Event of the Year – QCWA – Mad Hatters Morning TeaMayoral Award - Nil
Citizen of the Year – Ian ShieldYoung Citizen of the Year – Vanessa StewartSenior Citizen of the Year – Claire CatersonSenior Sports Award – Beau WillisJunior Sports Award – Eden HedgesSports Administrator Award – Tarragon StarkSenior Cultural Award – NilJunior Cultural Award – Jacinta Caswell – Le’Jax Dance SchoolCommunity Event of the Year – PCYC Bowen Youth FestivalMayoral Award – Helen Woodhouse
Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine & surrounds
Citizen of the Year – Colin CrossleyYoung Citizen of the Year – Logan DonadelliSenior Citizen of the Year – Colin and Patricia MengelSenior Sports Award – David NicholasJunior Sports Award – Howard McDonaldSports Administrator Award – Justin ButlerSenior Cultural Award – Barbara BalmaJunior Cultural Award – Jessica MullerCommunity Event of the Year – Whitsunday SchooliesWally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award – William WoodsMayoral Award – John Powell