Gladstone Regional Council hosts its annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day. Citizenship Ceremony at GECC from 9am, then Morning Tea and Awards at Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Gladstone Regional Council hosts its annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day to recognise and reward members of the local community who have a consistent record of excellence, have made outstanding achievements in their field, and/or have contributed significantly to the growth and development of sport, community events, arts and cultural life in the region.
Australia Day Award winners will be announced at a citizenship and awards ceremony at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on January 26 followed by a morning tea with the new citizens at Tondoon Botanic Gardens from 11:15am until midday.
Sunday 26 January 2020
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
The ceremony involves our region's new Australians uniting for citizenship oath and affirmation with presentation of Australian Citizenship certificates from the Mayor.
Morning tea with new citizens
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Australia Day Awards
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Midday – 1pm
Acknowledgement of the Gladstone Region's Australia Day Award nominees, announcement of category winners and presentations of trophies.
Free Family Fun Day
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Activities: Market stalls, food vendors, live music (Andrew Thomson and Beautifully Broken), free children's rides, Aussie-themed activities and games, emergency service vehicles display, and 1000 free sausages and ice blocks!
There’s also a raffle to win a Webber BBQ with all proceeds to Gladstone Region Drought Appeal.
It is at the discretion of Council as to whether an award is presented in all categories.
Nominations for Gladstone Regional Council's 2020 Australia Day Awards closed at midnight on Thursday, 7 November, 2019.
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Arts & Culture Award
- Senior Sportsperson Award
- Young Sportsperson Award
- Sports Official Award
- Community Event or Initiative Award
- Community Volunteer Award
2020 Citizen of the Year nominees
Alana is passionate about helping people with disabilities and illnesses and advocates on their behalf. She is the owner and founder of Unique Quality Care, a service dedicated to supporting these people based on their individual needs and goals. During 2019, Alana brought Samuel Johnson and the Love Your Sister foundation to the Region. Through this event, Alana raised awareness, funds and built relationships to help Cancer patients feel less isolated.
Darryl is a proud ambassador for the Gladstone Region helping to raise its profile in the media and other forums. He was a founding member of the Boyne Tannum Hook Up, long standing local businessman, influential in securing the cruise ship trade and has worked with local emergency services. Darryl puts the community at the forefront of everything that he does. He volunteers his time to support local events and is often the voice behind them.
2020 Young Citizen of the Year nominees
Nine year old Mariah has a passion for the environment. She is making her mark, locally, raising funds for the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, through recycling bottles and cans. Inspired by The Plastic Ocean, Mariah is raising awareness of the important message of recycling with the goal of donating $1,000 to the Quoin Island centre. Mariah has shared the message with her friends and family and is now educating children at daycare centres about recycling through her drop boxes, which are used to collect the cans and bottles.
Thomas shows great initiative and enthusiasm towards his community, the local youth and sustainability practices. He developed and facilitates the school bottle exchange program at Miriam Vale State School. The program engages students from prep to Year 10 and has raised $1,500 for the student council. Funds raised by the program are used to purchase stainless steel water bottles which are subsidised by up to $3 per bottle, providing all students with access to an environmentally friendly alternative. Thomas also recognises the importance of community connectedness and the impact of drought on his town. To encourage this and raise funds for those affected by drought, he organised a free community movie night. Through both initiatives, Thomas has encouraged his peers to participate, providing them with a sense of achievement.
2020 Arts and Culture Award nominees
Local artist Katrina Elliott has brightened up clinical spaces at the Gladstone Hospital, creating a vibrant and engaging atmosphere for everyone. During the past year, this transformation has had a positive impact, with patients, staff and visitors also helping to produce the artworks.
Under the Trees Music Festival
The Under the Trees Music Festival staged at Boyne Island celebrates arts and culture in the Gladstone Region. It presents different genres of art and music for visitors to enjoy in an outdoor setting. Volunteers collect natural and recycled materials to create paintings, bunting, chandeliers and sculptures that decorate the event site. There were 36 art installations at the 2019 event.
2020 Senior Sportsperson Award nominee
Angela has been racing BMX competitively fo the past five years and in that time has shown great skill and dedication to the sport. In 2019, Angela competed at the Australian BMX Championships in two different categories placing second in both. This year she will represent the country in the US for the world BMX championships. Angela demonstrates great sportsmanship both on and off the track and is a good representative for the local club and sport. She is proud to be able to share her passion with young and new riders and strives to motivate others to achieve their goals.
2020 Young Sportsperson Award nominees
Cooper is a passionate gymnast who has participated in the sport since he was four and achieved regional and state accolades for his abilities. In 2014 and 2015, Cooper had great success in the gym winning national titles and competing as a Level 5 gymnast. An injury in 2015 saw him take a step back from competing and instead he took on a coaching role, coaching young boys aged six to seven twice a week. Cooper decided to return to the sport in 2017 and has since reached Level 7. Training 20 hours a week, Cooper has his sights set on becoming a Level 8 and 9 gymnast in 2020. In addition to his dedication to gymnastics, Cooper volunteers his time towards social justice activities.
Dylan has proudly represented the Gladstone Region in tennis and has now returned to the sport after overcoming an injury. During 2019, he won his first open tournament in Rockhampton, followed by numerous regional Junior Development Tournaments and was sponsored by HEAD Tennis. Dylan enjoys sharing his passion for the sport and has been assistant coach for the Gladstone Tennis club for several years. He enjoys teaching the young players and watching their skills develop throughout the year. Dylan demonstrates great sportsmanship and was awarded the Toolooa State High Sportsmanship Award for tennis. This year (2020) Dylan was invited to attend a Champions of Champions Tournament at the Brisbane International.
2020 Sports Official Award nominees
Alex has been a member of Sparks Hockey club since he was four. During this time he has played, umpired and supported fundraising for the club. With volunteer numbers low in 2019 and the club at risk of not having an A Grade Men’s or Women’s team, Alex nominated himself for several roles. He took on fundraising activities for the club coordinating meat raffles, became coach of the two A Grade teams and manager of the A2 Men’s team. Alex was also the umpire coordinator for the club. In recognition for his efforts, Alex received Club Person of the Year from Sparks Hockey and Senior Umpire of the Year from the Gladstone Hockey Association.
Bruce is the President of the Gladstone Harbour City BMX Club and Vice President of Central Queensland BMX. He played a significant role in securing funding, designing and building the new Gladstone Harbour City BMX Club facility. Bruce shares his passion for the sport and club through encouraging participation and promoting club spirit. In the 2019 State Championships, the Gladstone Harbour City BMX Club was the biggest country club with over 60 riders competing and 25 plates won. Bruce’s vision is for the club and its events to lead the way in BMX Queensland and Australia.
2020 Community Event and Initiative Award nominees
Blue Care Garage Sale
The Blue Care Garage Sale has grown from a small event started by the Uniting Church into a popular and successful fundraiser for Edenvale Nursing Home. It also helps update equipment for Meals on Wheels and subsidises a car for Community Care. Volunteers, who like to recycle and reuse, run the event that receives donations from residential and commercial sources across the community.
Coordinated Community Response to Family and Domestic Violence
The Coordinated Community Response to Family Violence (CCRFDV) aims to raise the awareness of domestic and family violence by educating the community and providing a coordinated response to those affected. Since 2016 CCRFDV have coordinated the month long initiative, Paint the Town Purple, encouraging residents to stand up against and raise awareness of family and domestic violence. Held during May, Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Awareness month, the initiative encourages businesses, schools, government organisations, schools, daycare centres and individuals to publicly display the colour purple. In 2019 the initiative saw thousands participate and included awareness events. In addition, and to further increase the communities understanding of domestic violence, CCRFDV partnered with the Combined Rotary Clubs to host a Family Fun and Market Day which was well attended by the community.
Gladstone Girl Guides
Gladstone Girl Guides has a strong community presence which resulted in a healthy increase in memberships during 2019. The group took part in several community events during the year such as helping CQUniversity with seagrass collection on Curtis Island, being represented at the first Healthy Living Expo and running activities at the P&O Cruise Ship markets for children. The organisation helps girls aged from 5 – 17 years become active in their schools and community, teaching them how to make a difference in today’s society by developing life skills.
Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary- Easter Fashion Parade and Cent Sale
The Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Annual Easter Fashion Parade and Cent Sale is an iconic event that has been running for 40 years during the Easter Week celebrations. All funds raised go to buying new medical equipment for the Gladstone Hospital and, therefore, benefit the local community. The Auxiliary was formed in 1958 and is an organisation of volunteers aged between 40 and over 80. This event, including a famous home-made morning tea, is one of the Easter highlights with tickets always in hot demand.
Gladstone Ukulele Club (GUKES)
The Gladstone Ukulele Club (GUKES), founded by Rob & Cheryl Hopkins, has significantly developed the musical face of Gladstone by providing both instruction for players and entertainment for the wider community. Children, adults, seniors and those with disabilities have all benefited from GUKES as many have not had an opportunity to play a musical instrument. This has led to regular opportunities for social engagement.
Mount Maurice Rural Fire Brigade
Mount Maurice Rural Fire Brigade has been heavily involved in the community over the past 12 months after playing a significant role in controlling and assisting in the 2018 Deepwater and Mount Larcom bushfires. Members have been out in the community increasing public awareness around bushfires and how to be prepared for the fire season. They took their yellow trucks to the park to interact with families and children and have recruited 25 new members through social media.
2020 Community Volunteer Award nominees
Darren is heavily involved in the rural fire service as a Senior Volunteer Firefighter and has been the Mount Maurice Rural Fire Brigade secretary for two years. His brigade served at the Deepwater and Mount Larcom fires in 2018 and he has since helped recruit 25 new members. He finds joy in helping others to fulfil their dreams of joining a brigade. Darren has taken part in numerous community events around the region as he is passionate about educating others on the dangers of bushfires and bushfire preparedness. He enjoys giving back to the community and helping others.
Gordon has volunteered with the Queensland Fire Brigade for nearly 30 years. He served for much of that time in the Lowmead Rural Fire Brigade, being on call and at every district fire event. Prior to this, Gordon had been in the New South Wales Fire Brigade since he was 15. As First Officer at Lowmead, Gordon has completed many hours of training and enjoys passing on his knowledge to other fire brigade members, as well as the comradeship of QFES organisations. He loves helping others in the community, advising residents of what to do in a fire emergency and how to protect their properties, and raising funds for his local fire station. Gordon takes great pride in being able to help the community in times of need, during fires, floods and other emergencies. He plays a big part volunteering at Lowmead including in horse sports, the local school P&C and working bees, and local driver reviver sites.
Jamie dedicates a lot of time and effort to helping disabled people participate in sport. As a Sports Co-ordinator for the Special Olympics Gladstone, he not only coaches athletes but organises trips away to compete against other Special Olympics Clubs. The athletes gain many benefits from Special Olympics, lovingly referred to as ‘Special O’, including fitness, confidence, social skills, communication, education, friendship, independence and acceptance. Jamie has great relationships with the athletes, parents and carers and is an asset to people with disabilities. Seeing the smiles, determination and team spirit the athletes strive for keeps Jamie coming back week in week out.
Kathryn (Kate) Reilly
Kate volunteers for numerous organisations and groups in the region including Protect All Children Today (PACT), the Gladstone Literacy Centre, as a Justice of the Peace, Red Cross Gift Wrapping and as a blood donor. Kate has been a Child Witness Support Volunteer for five years, assisting approximately 200 children and providing support for them and their families, who are victims of or witnesses to crime and required to give evidence in court. While it can be intense and sometimes confronting, the response from children and families is overwhelmingly positive for Kate. She has also been volunteering for the Gladstone Literacy Centre for five years. Over the last five years Kate has volunteered 1200 hours to PACT, 400 hours to the Gladstone Literacy Centre, 50 JP volunteer hours, 75 Red Cross Gift Wrapping volunteer hours and has completed three Red Cross blood donations.
Lindsay volunteers much of his time with the HMAS Gladstone and the Gladstone Maritime History Society. In his role as President of the Gladstone Maritime Museum, Lindsay has inspired progress and development of projects through his determination and passion. He was instrumental in establishing HMAS Gladstone as a tourist attraction, following its relocation to East Shores in 2014. Lindsay now runs tours of HMAS Gladstone and is helping relocate the Maritime Museum to new premises at East Shores. He always strives to promote the Gladstone Region in a positive way and shares its history with visitors from all over the world. Not many days go by that Lindsay has not been involved in volunteer work, whether it is with the Gladstone Country Music Group; entertaining residents of Gladstone’s aged care facilities; as a registered Commissioner for Declarations or as Santa Claus at the Koolyangara Kindergarten.
Mitch volunteers his time in organising the yearly Anzac Day Dawn Service in Miriam Vale, coaching the local football team, the Miriam Vale Magpies, and training boys and girls in the sport of boxing as an after-school activity. Mitch also supports, promotes and provides the location for the annual Camp Oven Cook-Off, the Junior Bull Riding and the Wood Chopping events. Mitch also supported, promoted and hosted, actor, Sam Johnson's team when they visited Miriam Vale on their around Australia tour, fundraising for cancer research. Mitch is a passionate believer in his local community and is the first to put his hand up whenever a community event needs help.
Inspired by her parents, who both volunteered in the Gladstone community, Suzanne has spent the past 16 years volunteering for Scouts with the Scout Association of Australia Qld Branch - Port Curtis District Scouts, Scout Association of Australia Qld Branch - Lake Awoonga Scout Campsite Executive Committee, Gladstone Gymnastics Club for 25 years, the Zonta Club of Gladstone and Western Suburbs Swimming Club. Suzanne volunteers as the Assistant District Commissioner helping to oversee the running of five scouting groups within the Port Curtis District. Some of her responsibilities include organising the Scout float in this year’s Harbour Festival Easter parade, representing the Port Curtis District Scouts on the Mayor’s Ball committee, organising sausage sizzles, completing grant applications including a successful grant for GPS tracking devices, attending working bees, and the list goes on. Suzanne’s dedicated contribution to scouting has helped the Port Curtis District Scout Movement support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development.
Suzie has dedicated her time to volunteering for the Special Olympics Gladstone since its inception in 2011. As Chair of the Special Olympics Gladstone Club she was involved in organising Gladstone's biggest unified sporting event between Gladstone Gladiators Swimming Club and Special Olympics during the Special Olympics Gladstone Multi-Sport weekend. Suzie also accompanies athletes as carer and team manager to out of town competitions. With her involvement with Special Olympics, Suzie and other volunteers have been able to support athletes to train year-round, to compete in other regions, to become leaders, volunteers, mentors and even board members. Suzie has encouraged and supported athletes to represent their team and their community, and to be proud to get out and enjoy being with their friends. She’s been able to educate others to be inclusive and accepting of everybody, and to break down barriers. Further to her Special Olympics volunteering, Suzie has actively volunteered in the community for the past 16 years in aged care and disability, school and sports committees and with the Calliope Riding for Disabled.