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Local heroes awarded for outstanding achievements on Australia Day

29 January 2015

Western Downs Regional Council would like to congratulate all the local and regional winners of the Australia Day Awards, whose outstanding achievements and contributions were celebrated at special ceremonies held across the region on Monday.

Mayor Ray Brown said the stories of commitment, generosity, and accomplishments of residents, volunteers and community groups was inspirational.

“The Australia Day Awards give us the chance to formally recognise and celebrate those individuals and groups within our communities whose achievements and contributions often go unnoticed,” he said.

“The quality of this year’s nominations was exceptional, and the judging panel faced a tough decision to pick the winners from 76 worthy nominations. From these nominations the panel chose 34 winners of local categories and from those 34, five regional winners were selected.

“I’d again like to congratulate all the winners on their outstanding contributions to our region.”

Mayor Brown said residents who missed out on attending an awards ceremony can visit Council’s website to read about the inspirational achievements of all Australia Day Awards recipients.

The 2015 Regional Winners for the Western Downs in the Australia Day Awards are:
• Citizen of the Year Award — Rachel Kerwick
• Young Citizen of the Year Award — Alex Rasmussen
• Cultural Award — Melinda Wells
• Sports Achievement Award — Dean Bender
• Community Project / Event of the Year Award — Dalby Men’s Shed

For the full list of local and regional winners and their profiles, visit Council’s Australia Day 2015 webpage.

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