Cit­i­zens set­ting an ex­am­ple

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

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.”

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