AUSSIE DAY WINNERS
Citizen proud to give back
STANDOUT citizens were honoured in last weeks’ Australia Day Awards. Ceremonies were held throughout the region, in both Central Highland and Isaac communities to recognise those who go above and beyond.
Moranbah’s Individual Achievement Medallion for Culture was awarded to Reginald (Reggie) Little, who was also nominated for Young Citizen of the Year.
“It was really exciting. I didn’t know what I did was out of the ordinary,” he said.
“I thought I was just being a normal citizen, but it feels good to be acknowledged.”
School captain of Moranbah State High School, Reggie loves to get involved in events in the community during the year.
“I am quite involved, and I do a lot of volunteering. I really like to get involved in everything,” he said.
The Young Citizen of the Year Award in Emerald went to Jacinda Fehlhaber, who is a teacher at Emerald State High School, and was also nominated because of her engagement in the community, where she volunteers at a range of clubs and tries her best to invest in the community.
“Growing up here you know there isn’t as much opportunity as the kids get in Brisbane so I try to offer them the opportunities that I had when I was away. I guess its always been my goal in life,” she said.
“It really made me feel humble. It was great.”
Emerald award winners, Andy Spring for Andrew McArthur, Jacinda Fehlhaber, Daley Catip, Phoebe Murphy, Emerald Go Karting Club.
Rolleston Citizen of the Year Award Winners Murray and Wendy Gibson, Nominees Rohan Burrows, Carmel O'Keeffe, Cr Godwin-Smith.
Junior Sports Mark Francey for Jackson Taylor (Winner), Kelly Coyne, Annie Harrold for Jace, Amanda Paterson.
Citizen Award, Cr Gai Sypher, Cody Ford, Russell Pitt.
Rolleston Junior Citizen of the Year Anto Mattey (Springsure Springers Club), Maddy and Mitchell Law, Cr Godwin-Smith.
Young Citizen of the Year Caitlin Peterson and Mayor Anne Baker.
Emerald Cr Alan McIndoe, Senior Sports Award Winner Jamie Smith.