Biggenden celebrates Aussie day
Unsung heroes recognised
BIGGENDEN Men’s Shed founder Brian Ledwidge was honoured and humbled to receive the town’s citizen of the year award.
For the first time, other nominees were also announced. They were Wyn some Wendt and Letty Marshall.
Councillor Robbie Radel said all were worthy recipients and it had come down to “splitting hairs”.
Brian Ledwidge said it wasn’t often he was stuck for words so was pleased council had given him some notice that his name had been put forward.
“I paused in the entrance foyer today to check out the honour board and the names of previous recipients,” he said.
“I am certainly in good company.”
Mr Ledwidge is also involved with Biggenden Lions Club and community aged care, Biggenden Masonic Lodge and its music group.
Junior citizen of the year was David Geissler. He has a strong work ethic and this shows through the amount of hours he volunteers in the community, especially at the annual show, campdraft and school functions.
David received the NBRC Citizenship award at the 2016 Biggenden State School awards night. In 2017, he is the Biggenden State School captain. The event of the year was the Biggenden Apex Rose Festival which was two years in the making after an absence of almost 20 years.
The volunteer of the award went to Justin Vicary who was the 2016 president of Biggenden Apex Club, Biggenden Darts Club, Biggenden Little Athletics and Biggenden and District Kindergarten and Daycare.
Mother and son duo, Kirsty Stevens and Dustin Fawckner, were named sports administrator and junior sportsperson for their contribution to swimming through coaching and competition.
The guest speaker on the day was Constantina Houtin who was born in Philipines, married an Irishman and is now a proud Aussie raising her four sons.
BIGGENDEN WINNERS: Garry Dundas (back from left), Dustin Fawckner, Justin Vicary, Cr Robbie Radel and (front) David Geissler, Brian Ledwidge and Kirsty Fawckner.