Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes and fellow councillors are proud to announce eighteen individuals, two community groups and four events as winners of the 2021 Australia Day Awards.
Mayor Hayes congratulated the winners and extended recognition to all nominees.
‘I would like to extend my congratulations to our region’s Australia Day Award winners and nominees,’ Mayor Hayes said.
‘To each and every one of you, whom so selflessly and tirelessly work to make our community the best it can be, I express my sincere gratitude for what you do.’
Blackwater / Duaringa
- Citizen of the Year Olive Smith
- Young Citizen of the Year Jordan Jackson
- Cultural Award Blackwater Arts Society
- Senior Sports/Administrator Annette Boase
- Community Event of the Year Blackwater Netball Carnival
Capella / Tieri
- Citizen of the Year Becky Scarlett
- Young Citizen of the Year Emielia Jansen
- Cultural Award Harvey Jones
- Senior Sports/Administrator Rod Green
- Junior Sportsperson Mollie Evans
- Community Event of the Year Capella State School Eco Club
Emerald / Gemfields
- Citizen of the Year John Hall
- Young Citizen of the Year Kirra-Lee Gittens
- Cultural Award James Raschle
- Senior Sports/Administrator Sue Fehlhaber
- Junior Sportsperson Logan Weaver
- Community Event of the Year Laughing Kookaburra – CTM Links
Springsure / Rolleston
- Citizen of the Year Kurt Mayne
- Young Citizen of the Year Belle Priddle
- Cultural Award Eclipse Street Emporium Group
- Senior Sports/Administrator Geoff & Suzie Pederson
- Junior Sportsperson Kyle Taylor
- Community Event of the Year Combined Christmas Eve Mardi Gras
The Central Highlands joined towns and regions across the nation in welcoming its newest Australian citizens as part of its celebrations in Emerald also.
Eleven new citizens from eight countries chose to officially become Australian citizens.