Citizens setting an example
IN FRONT of a large crowd at the Tara Australia Day celebrations, Western Downs Regional Mayor Paul McVeigh delivered the announcement that the winner of the 2017 award for Citizen of the Year for both the local and entire Western Downs region was one of their own.
Attendees heard how Doug Bougoure had contributed to community groups and events for more than 30 years, but had always been so opposed to receiving any recognition for his efforts he had even refused to accept the nomination for Citizen of the Year.
“Doug’s commitment to the Tara district is significant and he’s been nominated for this (award) many, many times but has always declined to go further,” Cr McVeigh said.
He has been on the committees of junior cricket, cricket, junior rugby league, Little Athletics, swimming club, social netball, squash and the races, as well as being an active participant in these sports and a referee for many clubs. Off the sporting field, over the years Doug has been a valuable voluntary auditor for many small community groups in Tara, such as senior citizens and church groups who are unable to afford to pay for such services.
Cr McVeigh said council had received a “tremendous response” to this year’s awards.
“Each of our regional winners demonstrate and represent what it means to have ‘Aussie spirit’. Their pride in and support of their communities, willingness to lend a hand and individual achievements were values that impressed council,” he said.
“On behalf of council, I congratulate all our winners and applaud Doug, Clara, Zita, Patrick, and 4DDD Community Radio on their exceptional achievements and commitment to enriching the spirit of their local communities.”