With a passion and dedication for community and a drive to support local, Chloe Johnson has been named Young Citizen of the Year at the recent Australia Day Awards.
The Bundaberg Regional Council event was held last week at the Bundaberg Multiplex, with Chloe one of four winners celebrated on the day.
She said she was blown away by the recognition.
“It was quite unexpected but also very flattering,” Chloe said.
“It's a little overwhelming and emotions were running high.”
Chloe has achieved a lot at such a young age and her determination to support her community is embedded in everything she takes on.
In 2019, at just 20 years old, she stepped into the role of president of the Childers Show Society.
“I walked in one day as just a committee member and walked out as president,” she laughed.
Since then, Chloe and the committee have faced their share of adversity, making the difficult decision to cancel the Childers Show in 2020 due to Covid.
However, Chloe’s confidence and commitment for the position did not deter her from wanting to do as much as possible to ensure “the show must go on”.
It resulted in an online show program, providing the community with a welcome distraction at the time.
Chloe has been instrumental in bringing back the long-standing event, and through her innovation and respect for its history, Chloe and the committee are now busy preparing for this year’s 106th Annual Childers Show.
“I am very much looking forward to this year and having a fabulous show for the Childers community,” she said.
Chloe's Young Citizen of the Year award has also highlighted her passion for rural living.
When she isn't organising the Childers Show, Chloe is creating beautifully crafted artistic opportunities and experiences locally through events such as The Women’s Huddle and Brushes and Bubbles, which connect and inspire the community.
“Getting to deliver an experience and share what I do with other women is very special to me,” she said.
“I grew up in a very small community, so to be able to be involved in my community now and give back where I can is just really incredible.”