We salute region's heroes
CHINCHILLA'S local Australia Day Award recipients have been announced, with our outstanding community members to be recognised at a ceremony next Sunday.
Western Downs Regional Council will present 46 awards in six ceremonies across the region, including seven school dux awards.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was an honour to recognise the recipients on the day.
"To win an Australia Day Award is a really special achievement and it's wonderful that we get to celebrate so many great people in our region,” he said.
"We received a lot of nominations and I'm really glad to see so many people nominate someone in their community, whether it's for Citizen of the Year or for Community Project/Event of the Year.
"It's important to be able to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of the recipients in their local towns.
"All of the winners deserve huge congratulations for not only making a difference in their local communities but also in our region.”
Chinchilla and District:
Citizen of the Year Award: Terrence Dwyer
Young Citizen of the Year Award: Emma Dendle
Junior Sports Award: Natalie Stevenson
Community Project/Event of the Year Award: Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry "Chinchilla BEST Group - Ignite your Future Careers Tour”
Miles and District:
Citizen of the Year Award: Lisa Kennedy
Young Citizen of the Year Award: Connor Pogan
Junior Sports Award: Ben Moran
Senior Sports Award: Bevan Johnson
Sports Administrator/ Coach/Official Award: Gordon Gilmour
Community Project/Event of the Year Award: Back to the Bush Festival
Tara and District:
Citizen of the Year Award: Jennifer Abbott
Young Citizen of the Year Award: Skye Bover-Groen
Junior Sports Award: Maddison Hallinan
Senior Sports Award: Nathan Josefski
Sports Administrator/ Coach/Official Award: Nathan Josefski
Community Project/Event of the Year Award: Tara Futures Group - Tara Community Expo
Wandoan and District
Citizen of the Year Award: Pat Hall
Junior Sports Award: Haylee Doherty
Senior Sports Award: Cameron Webster
Sports Administrator/ Coach/Official Award: Sam Rathbone
Community Project/Event of the Year Award: 2018 Wandoan Camel Races
Australia Day events held around the region:
Chinchilla & District: Chinchilla Historical Museum 7am
Miles & District: Leichhardt Centre 7.30am
Tara & District: Tara Showgrounds 7.30am
Wandoan & District: Juandah Heritage Site 7am