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For­mer fire cap­tain and quiet achiever named cit­i­zen of the year

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Bahr and Julia Baker

THE an­nual Cit­i­zen of the Year award, pre­sented on Aus­tralia Day, is one of the most pres­ti­gious forms of recog­ni­tion around the re­gion.

The award is tra­di­tion­ally pre­sented to a cit­i­zen who has self­lessly served the com­mu­nity, nom­i­nated by peers and cho­sen by coun­cil.

For any­body who knows Ian Tup­pack, it will come as no sur­prise that the for­mer fire cap­tain has been named the Dalby and Dis­trict Cit­i­zen of the Year.

With years of ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity un­der his belt, it is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a more de­serv­ing or hum­ble win­ner.

Mr Tup­pack, who will be pre­sented with the award at the Aus­tralia Day Cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day, said he had re­ceived the news from Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil just be­fore Christ­mas.

“My fam­ily is pretty chuffed,” he said.

“I want to thank my wife Jen and my two boys Ben and Nick for all of their sup­port over the years, when I wasn’t home or get­ting up at all hours of the night.

“You re­ally don’t go look­ing for an award like this... I tried to dis­cour­age it when I got a whisper it was on be­cause you don’t do things for a gong or any­thing like that.”

To many peo­ple, do­ing com­mu­nity work and serv­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion such as the Fire Ser­vice is an im­pres­sive task, but to Mr Tup­pack, it is ‘there to be done’’.

“There are lots of or­gan­i­sa­tions that need a help­ing hand,” he said.

“The gen­er­a­tion I grew up in, I think I was taught if you have time to do some­thing you go and help out.

“You end up with noth­ing if you don’t help out; things fade away and you end up with or­gan­i­sa­tions gone and an­other hole in the com­mu­nity.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh, who has known Mr Tup­pack since their pri­mary school days in Jim­bour, de­scribed him as a quiet achiever.

“He’s like an un­sung hero,” Cr McVeigh said.

“He’s al­ways been a per­son who has been in­volved, his com­mit­ment to the fire ser­vice was sec­ond to none but he never sought ac­co­lades.

“He was nom­i­nated through the com­mu­nity and the whole coun­cil was in­volved in the process; it’s a hard de­ci­sion to make.”

The awards will be pre­sented as part of the Aus­tralia Day Ser­vice at the Dalby Show­grounds. The morn­ing will kick off with break­fast from 7am, fol­lowed by the cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony from 9am and the awards at 10am.

The gen­er­a­tion I grew up in, I think I was taught if you have time to do some­thing you go and help out. — Ian Tup­pack

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PHOTO: NICOLE MCDOUGALL

HUM­BLE WIN­NER: Ian Tup­pack has been named the Dalby and Dis­trict Cit­i­zen of the Year.

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