Regional Australia Day Award Winners celebrated across the region HomeNews2017January 2017Regional Australia Day Award Winners celebrated across the region 30 January 2017 Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh is honoured to announce the Regional Winners of the 2017 Western Downs Australia Day Awards. The 2017 Regional Winners are: Citizen of the Year Award — Doug Bougoure Young Citizen of the Year Award — Clara Rudd Cultural Award — Zita Stark Sports Achievement Award — Patrick Rudd Community Project / Event of the Year Award — 4DDD Community Radio Mayor Paul McVeigh said it’s wonderful to see so many well-deserving individuals in our community recognised for their contributions and commends our Local and Regional Award winners on their accomplishments. “We saw a tremendous response to this year’s awards, with many inspirational, passionate and worthy people nominated by our communities for their selflessness and dedication,” he said. “Each of our Regional Winners demonstrate and represent what it means to have ‘Aussie Spirit’, their pride in and support of their communities, willingness to lend a hand, and individual achievements were values that impressed Council. “On behalf of Council, I congratulate all our winners and applaud Doug, Clara, Zita, Patrick, and 4DDD Community Radio on their exceptional achievements and commitment to enriching the spirit of their local communities.” For the full list of Local Award Winners visit our dedicated Australia Day webpage. — Ends — Media Contact: Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392 Regional Award Winner Profiles Citizen of the Year — Doug Bougoure For over 30 years Doug has contributed to numerous community groups and events in the Tara region. He has been on the committees of Junior Cricket, Cricket, Junior Rugby League, Little Athletics, Swimming Club, Social Netball, Squash, and the Races, as well as being an active participant in these sports. Doug has also served as coach and referee for many local sporting clubs and a mentor to upcoming young volunteers. Off the sporting field, over the years Doug has been a valuable voluntary auditor for many small community groups in Tara, such as Senior Citizens and church groups who are unable to afford to pay for such services. As a community member known for not seeking praise, Doug is to be congratulated on his worthy and valued contribution to the Tara District. Young Citizen of the Year — Clara Rudd From a very young age, Clara has demonstrated strong leadership, actively participating in her Student Council and Junior Chamber of Commerce. Clara’s talent for singing, acting and music is regularly shared at a variety of community events such as the Mayoral Christmas Concert, Seniors Week, Bell Community Carols, Community Singers Concert, Eisteddfods and School Musicals. Clara’s musical talent has seen her participate in the National Gondwana Voices Choir in 2016, with which she will have the opportunity to tour Europe in 2017. Clara is a proud student of Dalby State High School and will undertake a new leadership role this year as School Captain. Cultural Award — Zita Stark Arriving in Chinchilla to welcoming people with open arms, Zita was inspired to serve the local community who accepted her so openheartedly. Initially commencing her local volunteering at Illoura, her volunteer work quickly broadened to include the Catholic Church, QCWA Chinchilla Branch, Chinchilla Family Support Centre, the Dalby and District Human and Social Recovery Committee and the APLNG Western Downs Regional Community Consultative Committee. As an ambassador for cultural diversity, Zita has worked effortlessly to establish a positive community approach to migrants. The success of the Chinchilla Conversations in English Group, now with around 50 participants, and its outreach with groups now established in Dalby, Miles, and Tara, is a testament to this. Recently Zita was awarded the Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award in the 2016 Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Sports Achievement Award — Patrick Rudd Last year, Patrick competed in the Men’s Queensland Team at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships held in Melbourne. At this event, Team Queensland took out Gold on the very first day of competition and Patrick achieved an individual result of Gold in Parallel Bars and Silver in Vault. His greatest achievement to date will be to represent Australia as part of the level 8 Men’s Gymnastics Team to compete in the USA in January 2017. Community Project / Event of the Year Award — 4DDD Community Radio With over 30 dedicated volunteers, 4DDD Community Radio provides learning opportunities for volunteers, free promotion of community events and a local and wholesome radio experience for listeners. During 2016, 4DDD reached a huge achievement with the geographical expansion of the community radio service to the communities of Tara, Wandoan, Meandarra and Moonie. The applications for approval from the Australian Communications and Media Authority to retransmit the 4DDD broadcast to these communities was a lengthy and detailed process, taking many years to achieve. Funding was successfully sought to purchase the equipment for the towns and technical configuration, testing and installation of the equipment were successfully undertaken. This brought community radio to towns in the Western Downs where there are currently no other community or very limited commercial radio services.