Mak­ing mem­o­ries

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A TO­TAL of 29 lo­cal he­roes were ac­knowl­edged across the Whit­sun­day re­gion at this year’s Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions in Proser­pine, Bowen and Collinsville.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney con­grat­u­lated all the win­ners and said it was an hon­our to present awards to Whit­sun­day lo­cals in recog­ni­tion of their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the com­mu­nity.

“The awards are a grat­i­fy­ing part of Aus­tralia Day, each year al­low­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of Whit­sun­day cit­i­zens,” she said.

“Our award win­ners come from all walks of life and have ex­celled in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, but they all share a com­mon com- mit­ment to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and rep­re­sent ex­cel­lence in our re­gion.

Cr Whit­ney said it was easy to feel in­spired when hear­ing of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion dis­played by all of this year’s win­ners.

“And it en­cour­ages oth­ers to think about how they can make a con­tri­bu­tion to cre­at­ing a bet­ter com­mu­nity,” she said.

“It’s or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things and all are very wor­thy of be­ing 2016 Aus­tralia Day Award win­ners.”

Cr Whit­ney said she also wanted to con­grat­u­late the nom­i­nees and thank ev­ery­one who took the time to sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion for this year’s re­gional Aus­tralia Day awards.

WARM WEL­COME: Aus­tralia Day was also about wel­com­ing new cit­i­zens who pledged their al­le­giance along­side mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney in Proser­pine.

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