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Inaugural Arts and Cultural Award winners announced

9 October 2019

A young local musician and one of the driving forces at Hervey Bay’s Z-PAC Theatre are the first winners of the new Fraser Coast Arts and Cultural Person Awards.

Fraser Coast Regional Council is partnering with the Hervey Bay Boat Club and the Fraser Coast Chronicle to honour an individual junior (under 18) and senior (over 18) Arts and Cultural Person of the Month.

Presenting the inaugural awards to Abigail Grimsley (junior) and Katanee Draheim (senior) today, Mayor George Seymour said arts and culture was a fundamental pillar of the Fraser Coast community.

“All people participating in the arts, whether they are an artist or hobbyist, have the ability to create powerful work. It’s imperative we continue to encourage and empower members of our community involved in arts and culture and that’s what these awards are all about,” he said.

“These new awards recognise people who inspire us through their talent, heart, determination, community connection or overcoming a challenge.

“I congratulate Abigail and Katanee for being the first recipients of these prestigious awards and I encourage many more nominations in the coming months.”

Senior Arts and Cultural Award recipient Katanee Draheim has been involved with all aspects of the Z-PAC Theatre for the past three years including acting, directing, makeup, hair, costumes, sound effects, promotion and backstage work.

This year Katanee had a leading role in “Bombshells” and “Snapshots from Home” which the company performed in nursing homes and aged care facilities. She is currently directing “Dracula”.

Junior Arts and Cultural Award recipient Abigail Grimsley is at home playing solo or as a member of her school band. She is developing a range of performance styles in different genres and has won section and age group champion prizes at local competitions and eisteddfods.

All winners receive a framed certificate and a $50 voucher at the Hervey Bay Boat Club.

To nominate someone you know doing great work in arts and culture, guidelines and application forms for the Arts and Cultural Person of the Month awards are available here.