Biggen­den stars hon­oured

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ABOUT 100 peo­ple braved the rain to at­tend the Aussie break­fast and pre­sen­ta­tion of Aus­tralia Day awards at the Me­mo­rial Hall in Biggen­den.

Coun­cil­lor Kevin “Lofty” Wendt pre­sented the awards and said there were three times the usual num­ber of nominations for the gongs this year, and a record seven names were put for­ward for the Cit­i­zen of the Year.

Many years of com­mu­nity ser­vice and fundrais­ing were recog­nised for Degilbo res­i­dent Ju­lia Young who was awarded Cit­i­zen of the Year.

Since her fam­i­ly­moved there in 1985, Mrs Young has served the Degilbo P&C As­so­ci­a­tion, Biggen­den Kinder­garten, school tuck shop, Kool Kids group, and had 20 years’ involvement with the Lions Ladies, of which she is now pres­i­dent.

She also spends time with Meals on Wheels, Degilbo Hall and Biggen­den School Chap­laincy com­mit­tees and helps trans­port el­derly women to ap­point­ments, shop­ping and so­cial events.

When ac­cept­ing the award, Mrs Young said she be­lieved that to be happy for a life­time, you must help some­one else.

Like Mrs Young, Young Cit­i­zen Jes­sica Bar­gen­quast gives of her time to help oth­ers.

She was com­mended for her involvement in com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and her rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Bur­nett Sub-Cham­ber at the Bris­bane Royal Show as Ru­ral Am­bas­sador.

She­was elected as an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the QCAS Next Gen com­mit­tee, and now has a net­work of con­tacts who share her pas­sion for lo­cal agri­cul­tural shows.

Mrs Bar­gen­quast has re­cently been the driv­ing force be­hind the for­ma­tion of a touch foot­ball club in Biggen­den.

“I felt there was not enough sport avail­able for the young peo­ple in the town,” she said.

Com­mu­nity Event of the Year was won by the Apex Christ­mas Fair, which has grown in pop­u­lar­ity since it was re­vived in 2010.

Its success is the re­sult of long hours put in by a small group of young vol­un­teers.

Apex Club pres­i­dent Brent Leaver said the club hoped to ex­pand the event this year to ben­e­fit town busi­nesses, while funds raised would go back to the com­mu­nity.

The Ju­nior Sports Award went to 15year-old Jac­inta Grif­fin for her rep­re­sen­ta­tion at re­gional and state level in ju­nior cricket, soc­cer and fut­sal.

She has also been se­lected in 15/16 year girls’ Aus­tralian Fut­sal team to tour Brazil in Au­gust this year.

Un­for­tu­nately swim­ming coach Ron Birch was un­able to at­tend to ac­cept his Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor award as he was at a swim meet in Kin­garoy.

It was in recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts in pro­mot­ing the abil­ity to swim for all chil­dren, and his sup­port of the Biggen­den Swim­ming Club.

Mr Birch has trained three swim­mers to reach state qual­i­fi­ca­tion in both long and short course events.

Guest speaker at the awards cer­e­mony was Roslyn Rack­e­mann who, with her hus­band Dar­rin, walked the Kokoda Track in Septem­ber last year.

As part of the prepa­ra­tion for the trip, the cou­ple de­cided to raise funds for An­gel Flight, and suc­cess­fully raised more than $6000 from the com­mu­nity.

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