Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate people and groups that have made noteworthy contributions in our community.
Did you know that the tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. It wasn’t until 1994 that all states and territories began to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date.
The Australia Day Awards are provided by the Queensland Commemorative Events and Celebrations Committee and administered by Local Governments.
Australia Day 2021 was celebrated in Dirranbandi, with an awards ceremony and community breakfast jointly hosted by Balonne Shire Council and Dirranbandi Progress Association.
Seven driven and dedicated individuals plus a team of extraordinary event organisers were presented with Australia Day Awards by Mayor Samantha O’Toole.
The winners’ talents spread across sport, the arts, academics, and community advocacy, but one thing they all share is the unparalleled ability to make a difference as strong leaders.
Mayor O’Toole said each of the winners are a source of immense pride for the Balonne Shire.
“We know so very well that all of these incredible people volunteer their time because they are passionate about the community.
“They don’t do it for praise or recognition, but each one is so deserving. So I am proud to be here today, acknowledging these people who make the Balonne Shire such a wonderful place to live.
“Some of our winners have been hard at work for decades making remarkable progress in their community, and knowing we have young awardees here today following in their footsteps shows our region is in good hands for the future.”
Balonne Shire Australia Day Awardees for 2021 are:
- Liz Hill - Citizen of the Year
- Katie Parker - Young Citizen of the Year
- Pam Crothers - Community Service Award
- Marshal Sanford - Junior Cultural Achievement Award
- Peta Hart - Sports Administrator Medallion
- Kym Webster - Senior Sports Achievement Medallion
- Oliver Lockwood - Junior Sports Achievement Medallion
- Dragon Country Sandgreen Cup (St George Golf Club) - Community Event of the Year
Mayor Samantha O'Toole, Liz Hill and Australia Day Ambassador Jordyn Francis.
Mayor Samantha O'Toole, Katie Parker and Australia Day Ambassador Jordyn Francis.