Stan­thorpe awards cut

Re­duc­ing cat­e­gories to only two

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­post.com.au

AUS­TRALIA Day in Stan­thorpe is about to change. The num­ber of Aus­tralia Day awards for 2019 has been re­duced to two – South­ern Downs Cit­i­zen of the Year Award and the South­ern Downs Youth Cit­i­zen of the Year Award.

A South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman said feed­back from lo­cal com­mu­nity groups, like Lions and Ro­tary, and a de­cline in the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions re­ceived in re­cent years, in­di­cated that the Aus­tralia Day Awards would be best de­liv­ered as com­mu­nity-run events with coun­cil pro­vid­ing sup­port where needed.

“SDRC un­der­stands that sev­eral Lions and Ro­tary groups around the South­ern Downs are plan­ning to host their own awards and ac­knowl­edge out­stand­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“SDRC will still run cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies in War­wick and Stan­thorpe on Jan­uary 26 for those res­i­dents be­com­ing new Aus­tralian cit­i­zens.”

How­ever Stan­thorpe Ro­tary pres­i­dent Kim Thor­burn said they were yet to re­ceive com­mu­ni­ca­tion from coun­cil about host­ing the awards.

“Nor­mally Ro­tary runs a bar­be­cue at the Aus­tralia Day cer­e­mony at Weeroona Park, that was planned and is al­ways planned,” he said.

“In re­gards to (host­ing awards) I’ve heard noth­ing from coun­cil about that.”

Stan­thorpe Lions club sec­re­tary Mark McCosker said they also have not been ap­proached by coun­cil.

“We do the Christ­mas car­ols and Ro­tary does Aus­tralia Day, that’s what’s been done in the past.”

Nei­ther club have plans to hand out awards.

In 2018 Stan­thorpe had awards for Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen, Ju­nior Cit­i­zen, Cul­tural, Ju­nior Cul­tural, Sport, Ju­nior Sport and Sport Ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Coun­cil will run other fes­tiv­i­ties next year such as the triathlon and ac­tiv­i­ties in Weeroona Park.

Nom­i­na­tions for the South­ern Downs Cit­i­zen of the Year and the South­ern Downs Youth Cit­i­zen of the year close 5pm Fri­day, Novem­ber 30. Visit sdrc.qld.gov.au/Ar­ti­cleDoc­u­ments/674/Aus­tralia%20Day%202019_Nom­i­na­tion%20Form.pdf.aspx

PHOTO: FILE

AWARDS CUT: This year there were eight award re­cip­i­ents, but next year there could be just two peo­ple stand­ing in this spot.

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