Biggenden stars honoured
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.