Biggen­den cel­e­brates Aussie day

Un­sung he­roes recog­nised

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

BIGGEN­DEN WIN­NERS: Garry Dun­das (back from left), Dustin Fawck­ner, Justin Vi­cary, Cr Rob­bie Radel and (front) David Geissler, Brian Led­widge and Kirsty Fawck­ner.

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