30+ PHOTOS: South Burnett Australia Day Awards 2020
SOME of the South Burnett’s finest citizens were recognised for their dedication and hard work during the Australia Day weekend.
The South Burnett Regional Council announced its 2020 Australia Day award recipients at the region’s official awards ceremony on Saturday in Kingaroy.
Rural fire brigade member Mark Beil was named the 2020 South Burnett Citizen of the Year, and Kingaroy State High School graduate Brenna Prendergast was given the honour of being named South Burnett’s Young Citizen of the Year.
Mayor Keith Campbell said each of the winners and nominees were deserving.
“This is an incentive, a spur on to continue contributing to your community,” Cr Campbell said.
“They love doing what they do for their community.”
The 135 Army Cadet Unit led the event at the flag-raising ceremony, before Australia Day Ambassador Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO addressed the crowd.
Council CEO Mark Pitt congratulated each of the recipients.
“Having your name put forward for an award is a great honour and shows great recognition and appreciation from your local community,” Mr Pitt said.
“I congratulate our award recipients and sincerely thank both our nominees and our community for their support with this event.”
Here’s the full list of 2020 Australia Day Award recipients:
South Burnett Citizen of the Year: Mark Beil
South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year: Brenna Prendergast
South Burnett Community Organisation of the year: Murgon Junior Rugby League Club
South Burnett Lifetime Achievement: Glenda Perry
South Burnett Volunteer of the Year: John Power
South Burnett Cultural Award (Senior): Lee Porter
South Burnett Cultural Award (Junior): Emma Stewart
South Burnett Sportsperson of the year (Senior): Neil Collard
South Burnett Sportsperson of the year (Junior): Paige O’Connor
Local Achiever Award – Nanango: John Duffy
Local Achiever Award – Kingaroy: Michael Murphy
Local Achiever Award – Murgon: Heath and Rowena Sander
Local Achiever Award – Hivesville/Proston: Linda Rea