Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER

BACK­YARD cricket, lam­ing­tons and swim­ming pools were all in the mix for ourAus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors from across the re­gion packed out pub­lic pools, parks, and halls to recog­nise the tire­less ef­forts of those in the com­mu­nity.

This year, the in­au­gu­ral North Bur­nett Re­gional Aus­tralia Day awards was in­tro­duced to high­light the abun­dance of tal­ent of those in the re­gion.

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said Aus­tralia Day gave res­i­dents across the re­gion an op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether and cel­e­brate what’s great about be­ing Aus­tralian.

“It’s a day to re­flect on our achieve­ments as a com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­u­als, with the awards show­cas­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of our re­gion’s many un­sung he­roes,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one who took the time to nom­i­nate an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual or event — these nom­i­nees should be proud of their achieve­ments, and their sub­se­quent nom­i­na­tion.”

Re­gional win­ners

● North Bur­nett Cit­i­zen of the Year: Barry and Phyl­lis Wait

● North Bur­nett Young

Cit­i­zen of the Year: Brooke Radel

● North Bur­nett Vol­un­teer of the Year: Su­san Payne

● North Bur­nett Cul­tural Award: Cilla Per­shouse and Lane West

● North Bur­nett Sports

Award: Tarah Stains

Town win­ners


● Cit­i­zen of the Year: Mar­garet Strad­man

● Com­mu­nity Event of the Year: The Bat­tle of Biggen­den — Biggen­den Ri­fle Club

● Se­nior Sports Award: Lu­cas McAskill

● Ju­nior Sports Award: Cather­ine White

● Vol­un­teer of the Year Award: Dee Creevey


● Cit­i­zen of the Year: Robert Bram­ley

● Young Cit­i­zen of the Year: Tif­fany New­combe

● Com­mu­nity Event of the Year: Eidsvold Races — Eidsvold Race Club

● Ju­nior Sports Award: Kody Pope

● Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor Award: Trevor Croner

● Se­nior Cul­tural Award: Michelle Croner

● Ju­nior Cul­tural Award: Lane West

l● Vol­un­teer of the Year Award: Jackie Lin­den­mayer


● Cit­i­zen of the Year: Dr Henry Ung

● Young Cit­i­zen of the Year: Kirsty Tay­lor

● Com­mu­nity Event of the Year: St Joseph’s 100th Cel­e­bra­tion — St Joseph’s 100th Cel­e­bra­tion Com­mit­tee

● Se­nior Sports Award: Zac Dann

● Ju­nior Sports Award: Kaiden Rat­cliff

● Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor Award: He­len Har­ris

● Se­nior Cul­tural Award: Cilla Per­shouse

● Ju­nior Cul­tural Award: Sco­tia Spry

●l Vol­un­teer of the Year Award: Lisa Baker


● Cit­i­zen of the Year: Barry and Phyl­lis Wait

● Young Cit­i­zen of the Year: Brooke Radel

● Com­mu­nity Event of the Year: The Rex Monto — The Rex Res­ur­rec­tion

● Se­nior Sports Award: Han­nah Staines

● Ju­nior Sports Award: Tarah Staines

● Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor Award: Brieanna Cur­tis l Se­nior Cul­tural Award: Ty­rone O’Reilly

● Ju­nior Cul­tural Award: Teely Wolff and Layla Mitchell — ‘TeeLaya’

● Vol­un­teer of the Year Award: Ge­orgina Kelly

Mount Perry

● Cit­i­zen of the Year: Peter


● Young Cit­i­zen of the Year: Clay Mor­ton

● Com­mu­nity Event of the Year: Santa in the Park l Se­nior Sports Award: Dar­rin Jones

● Ju­nior Sports Award: Ty­lor Mor­ton

● Se­nior Cul­tural Award: Wayne Allen

● Ju­nior Cul­tural Award: Monique Din­gle

● Vol­un­teer of the Year Award: Louise Wal­lace Mun­dub­bera

● Cit­i­zen of the Year: Bruce Serisier

● Young Cit­i­zen of the Year: Emma Whe­lan

● Com­mu­nity Event of the Year: 10 Years Cel­e­bra­tion — Mun­dub­bera Art Gallery

● Se­nior Sports Award: Lane Mellers

● Ju­nior Sports Award: So­phie Zipf

● Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor: Ken Colyer

● Se­nior Cul­tural Award: Bar­bara Van Elst

● Ju­nior Cul­tural Award: Jay­cia Adams

● Vol­un­teer of the Year

award: Su­san Payne

IN­SEP­A­RA­BLE duo Barry and Phyl­lis Wait were in a state of shock fol­low­ing the Aus­tralia Day awards cer­e­mony.

Af­ter com­ing away with both the Monto and North Bur­nett Re­gional Cit­i­zen of the Year ac­co­lades, Mr Wait had only one thing to say.

“My nerves are shocked,” he ex­claimed while ac­cept­ing the pair’s awards.

They’re both in­volved in the Monto Show So­ci­ety, Ca­nia Dam Fish Stock­ing, cat­tle drives, the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Gar­den Club, and Ridge­haven Re­tire­ment Com­plex.

Through­out their lives they’ve worked be­hind the scenes, sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions within the com­mu­nity, and never ask­ing for recog­ni­tion.

But for Mr Wait, what you give to the dis­trict, is what you get back.

“I can only en­dorse this, and wish that other peo­ple would put them­selves out there,” he said.

“It’s through talk­ing to peo­ple, get­ting to know them, putting your­self out there, and be­ing avail­able to do this, it’s very re­ward­ing.”

Their time in Monto has been event­ful — they’ve had three kids and worked on farms, all while vol­un­teer­ing at nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mr Wait’s work at Ridge­haven al­lowed him to see how he’d like to be treated in his later years, though he promised he was “not there yet”.

“I used to love go­ing into a room of a lady of 102, and I’d sit down be­side her for five to 10 min­utes and have a yarn,” he said.

“I’d lis­ten to sto­ries of her life, then she’d just go ‘righ­tio boy, on your way, you’ve got work to do’ — that was a 102year-old.”

The Waits’ ac­cep­tance speech for their awards was short and sweet, as they were both vis­i­bly shaken with joy from re­ceiv­ing the sup­port of their peers.

Pic­ture: North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

EIDSVOLD'S WIN­NERS: All of the de­serve Aus­tralia Day award win­ners from Eidsvold.

Pic­ture: Sam Turner

HAND IN HAND: Barry and Phyl­lis Wait show off their North Bur­nett and Monto Cit­i­zens of the Year awards, pre­sented in recog­ni­tion of their tire­less com­mu­nity ef­forts.

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