Ser­vice re­warded

Biggen­den cel­e­brates Aus­tralia Day with awards

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

BIGGEN­DEN Citizen of the Year Kevin “Lofty” Wendt ac­cepted his Aus­tralia Day award with a great deal of hon­our and hu­mil­ity.

Coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Radel said Mr Wendt had served his coun­try for 30 years and coun­cil for 24 years in­clud­ing four years as weed con­troller and the re­main­der as Biggen­den and North Bur­nett Re­gional coun­cil­lor.

Lofty is de­scribed as the quin­tes­sen­tial Aussie who be­lieves in a fair go, hard work, help­ing out and mate­ship.

Cr Radel said Lofty is a gen­er­ous per­son and if he sees a job that needs do­ing he will gladly con­trib­ute.

“He is a prac­ti­cal, clear think­ing per­son who likes tak­ing on a chal­lenge,” he said.

“In his lead­er­ship and ser­vice roles in the com­mu­nity he has been able to use his mil­i­tary ex­per­tise, re­li­a­bil­ity and vi­sion to help oth­ers out.”

Mr Wendt said his life had been about ser­vice, coun­cil and com­mu­nity but he could not have done it with­out his fam­ily.

He strongly en­cour­aged res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions to put pen to paper and sub­mit nom­i­na­tions for the var­i­ous awards avail­able.

Cr Radel said if you think of any­one de­serv­ing of an award you don’t have to wait un­til Novem­ber.

“While it’s fresh in your mind is the time to do it,” he said.

“It’s not a big job but an im­por­tant one.”

Cr Radel said it would be great to have some­one nom­i­nated in each of the award cat­e­gories.

This year Biggen­den had no nom­i­na­tions in the three sports cat­e­gories or the se­nior cul­tural award.

The Biggen­den State School’s mu­si­cal Jun­gle Book picked up the ju­nior cul­tural award. Ac­cept­ing the award David Call­away said paid trib­ute to di­rec­tor David Horner for the many hours he spent on the pro­duc­tion.

“It was also great to see all the schools in­volved,” he said.

For young citizen of the year John Hou­ton has been heav­ily in­volved with Biggen­den PCYC cadets. His lead­er­ship qual­i­ties have also been recog­nised be­ing named Isis High school cap­tain this year.

Biggen­den Apex Rose Fes­ti­val took out the gong for com­mu­nity event of the year.

Gary Dun­das said win­ning this re­as­sures me this is the sort of event Biggen­den needs.

He paid trib­ute to his right­hand man, Pas­cal Kal­len­berg whom he said does more than any­one sees.

Vol­un­teer of the year, Cr Radel said was a very tough de­ci­sion by the Aus­tralia Day com­mit­tee.

”It is one we laboured over due to the cal­i­bre of the nom­i­na­tions,” he said.

”The hours, Moira Thomp­son, Tr­ish Bed­dows and Ros Buczma have vol­un­teered is mind boogling.

”If they pulled up stumps, they would leave a huge void.”

The award was ac­cepted by Di Bed­dows on be­half of her daugh­ter Ros Buczma who had been un­able to at­tend.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

BIGGEN­DEN: Aus­tralia Day awards win­ners, John Hou­ton, Dave Call­away, Gary Dun­das, Pas­cal Kal­len­berg. front, Lofty Wendt and Di Bed­dows who ac­cepted award on be­half of daugh­ter, Ros Buczma.

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