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Australia Day Award nominations open on Fraser Coast

6 November 2019

Nominations for Fraser Coast Australia Day awards are now open with new categories added this year to recognise and reward contributions in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the awards were an opportunity to recognise our unsung local heroes.

“If you know someone who has gone above and beyond in our local community then nominate them for a Fraser Coast Australia Day award,” he said.

“We all know someone who inspires us. Let’s give them the credit they deserve and nominate them for a 2020 Australia Day Award.

“Their community spirit is what makes the Fraser Coast such a great place to live, work and play.

“We’re excited to be adding two new categories in the 2020 Australia Day Awards to recognise and reward local contributions in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).”

Cr Seymour said the Fraser Coast had always been at the forefront of technology and engineering and had produced world leaders in a number of fields.

“The first steam train built in Queensland was made here in Maryborough in 1873,” he said.

“Our modern inventors such as Peter Olds who has created more efficient grain elevators; Professor Lester Peters, grandson of Maryborough pioneer Marcus Boge, is an internationally renowned and honoured cancer specialist; Dr Barbara Bain (nee Reed) became Professor of Diagnostic Haematology at St Mary’s Hospital, London and Val McDowell made the first television transmission in Australia.

Our community champions will be celebrated during ceremonies at the Hervey Bay Cultural Centre on 16 January and on Australia Day (Sunday 26 January) at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough.

“I hope everyone, from individuals, members of service clubs, sporting clubs and schools; nominate their hard-working colleagues, mates, dedicated members and students whose efforts deserve to be appreciated,” Cr Seymour said.

Nominations are open and available online here with nominations closing on 6 January 2020.

Australia Day Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year 
  • Young Sportsperson of the  Year
  • Cultural Award of the Year
  • Young Cultural Award of the Year 
  • STEM Award of the Year 
  • Young STEM Award of the Year
  • Community Project of the Year
  • Community Group or Organisation of the Year.