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Australia Day Awards nominees announced

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Community enjoying the 2023 Great Australian Bites Australia Day program. Photo: contributed.

The exceptional contributions of community members from across the region will be recognised at the official Australia Day Awards ceremony in Bundaberg, with more than 30 people and groups nominated.

The Bundaberg Regional Council-run awards recognise actions and abilities of groups and individuals that have enhanced the social connectivity of the community through personal contribution or through an event that has added value and enjoyment to the lives of others.

This year categories include Citizen of the Year Award, Young Citizen of the Year Award, Senior Citizen of the Year Award, Community Group and Community Event of the Year Award.

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise those who went above and beyond in the community.

“Australia Day is a celebration of our shared values and the remarkable individuals and groups who contribute to our vibrant community,” he said.

“These awards are a testament to the exceptional efforts of our residents.

“It's about acknowledging their dedication and the positive impact they have on our region.

“The awards reflect the values that make our community strong and encompass the people from all walks of life, ensuring a diverse representation of those who contribute to the tapestry of the Bundaberg Region.”

The Australia Day Awards mark a celebration of outstanding individuals and groups whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the community.

The official Australia Day Awards ceremony will be held at the Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Avenue, on Thursday January 25. To attend the event click here to register.

The winners have been chosen by an independent, community-based Australia Day Awards committee, consisting of up to seven members from right around the Bundaberg Region.

The Australia Day Awards 2024 nominees are:

All Abilities Rugby League ProgramBundaberg CupMargaret Eileen Mears
Angels Community GroupBundaberg GemfairRon Myler
Bundaberg Gays and SurroundingMoore Park Beach Arts FestivalCarolyn Wood
Bundaberg Players IncorporatedScience TogetherRichard Greatorex
Bundaberg Touch AssociationChristian Lane-KrebsCraig Holden
Impact Community ServicesCody MullerJason Pascoe
Pink FlamingosDanielle RobertMelissa Brooke
Rhythms of the ReefHanna-Rose WalshawRudy Valzan
Unity Drummers incHarrison TitmarshSasha Job
U3A BundabergCarey MitchellSharon Sarah
Gin Gin Tourist Information CentreJohn Smith
BRITE BallKen Graham

Australia Day celebrations

The Great Australian Bites experience will bring the community together for Bundaberg Regional Council’s official Australia Day celebration, featuring some good old fashioned Aussie fun.

Returning for the fifth year, the Australian Day celebration will deliver a menu of popular local food options and home-grown musicians, at Nielson Park Beach on Friday 26 January.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the annual Australia Day celebration was always well attended by the local community.

“Each year our community comes together to celebrate Australia Day together,” he said.

“Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak will host this year’s event working in collaboration with Council and Great Australian Bites.

“It’s sure to be an enjoyable and affordable day out for friends and families.”

Great Australian Bites event details

When: Friday 26 January – 11 am to 5.45 pm
Where: Nielson Park Beach – Fred Courtice Ave, Bargara
Cost: Free event

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