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Australia Day Awards and Events 2020 Australia Day Awards and Events 2020

Celebrating outstanding contribution to the Fraser Coast Community

The annual Australia Day Awards are presented to local groups and citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraser Coast Community. The awards offer an opportunity to come together and honour the achievements of community members and celebrate our community's diversity. 

Important dates

5 November 2019 
Nominations open

13 January 2020
Nominations close

23 January 2020
Nominees Recognition Ceremony at the Hervey Bay Cultural Centre 

26 January 2020
Australia Day Awards Presentation at the Brolga in Maryborough

Awards categories 

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 (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award of the year  
Young STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award of the year
Community project or event of the year 
Community group or organisation of the year 



Australia Day awards recipients 2019 Australia Day awards recipients 2019

Citizen of the year

Greig Bolderrow

Greig has a long history in media on the Fraser Coast and has been involved in culture, performing arts, tourism and media in many volunteer roles with the most recent being the iconic Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial and the Duncan Chapman Memorial in Queens Park, Maryborough.  In 2001 Greig was inducted into the Reg Grundy Hall of Fame.  He has been a member of the Maryborough Excelsior Band, Maryborough Little Theatre, Maryborough Players, School Interact Club, Jaycees, Maryborough Endeavour Foundation, Maryborough Branch of the Native Orchid Society, Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, St Mary’s Primary School and Friends Association, Board Member of the Brolga Theatre and current Chair of Fraser Coast Tourism and Events

Young citizen of the year

Karen Boulton

Karen attends Riverside Christian College and is passionate about role modelling and creating opportunities for local youth to actively engage and participate in their local community.  Karen was the Youth Parliament member for member in 2018 and championed awareness of youth suicide and self-harm in the Queensland Parliament. Despite her own personal challenges, Karen has volunteered at the Victory Care Services, the Maryborough Speedway, Maryborough Show and Equestrian Events, Relay for Life, Youth Week, Queen’s Baton Relay and she works hard to inspire other young people to overcome their challenges and make a difference in their community. 

Young sportsperson of the year

Hannah Karrasch

Hannah was selected for regional, state and international volleyball and beach volleyball teams during 2017 and 2018.  This selection has enabled Hannah to represent Queensland and Australia nationally and abroad in China, Singapore and Vietnam in junior, youth, under 19s and under 17s representative teams.  Hannah has also represented Aldridge State High School and captained the School Volleyball team that competed at the Australian All Schools Volleyball Cup and won a bronze medal.  Hannah captained the Aldridge Volleyball Team that won a gold medal at the Queensland Senior Schools Cup 17 years Honours Division on the Gold Coast in August 2017; and a silver medal at the Queensland Senior Schools Cup in August 2018.

Sportsperson of the year

Kym Lingard.

Kym is a committee member of the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club and Hervey Bay Swimming Club; she is an active member of the Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Hervey Bay Triathlon Club and the Hervey Bay Masters Swimming Club and a member of the State and Australian Affiliates of these clubs.  
Kym is a volunteer surf lifesaving patrol member and has been a team manager within the nippers programme.  Kym has won many awards in surf lifesaving competitions, master’s games, triathletes and is involved in her children’s sports including touch football, cricket, soccer and school sports 

Young cultural award of the year

Alexandrea Rossiter. 

Alexandrea has been a dancer with the Cleone McRoberts Academy of Dance for 9 years and takes weekly tap, jazz, contemporary and ballet classes with many concert and Eisteddfod performances.   Alexandrea volunteers with the younger dance classes; plays the flute and has visited aged care facilities and hospitals.  She has performed in productions of Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and The Addams Family; is committed to excellence through taking yearly examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance (London) and has won many excellence awards and has represented the Fraser Coast at the State Honours Ensemble Programme through the 2018 Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she played lead flute.  

Cultural award of the year

Rebecca Knowles 

Rebecca creates unique, vibrant art that promotes the Fraser Coast nationally and internationally.  Comments about Rebecca’s work are that it inspires joy and brings a smile to your face.  Rebecca’s artwork has been used for the Hervey Bay 100 Triathlon, Urangan Pier Market and the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.  Rebecca currently is working
on a mural for the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre.

Community group of the year

TS Maryborough – Australian Navy Cadets

In February 2018 Training Ship (or TS) Maryborough was awarded the best navy cadets in Australia for 2017 by the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy.  This award was from a troupe of 86 across Australia.  The cadets also won the best Flotilla in 2015 and 2017.    TS Maryborough engages youth aged between 13 to 18 years and provides basic drill, seamanship, emergency response procedures, dress, leadership skills and working amongst the local community.   Each year the cadets lead the Maryborough ANZAC Day parade.  TS Maryborough participates in many community events including Burrum Coal Fest, Remembrance Day ceremonies, CBD 4650 Extravaganza, school fetes and events.  The cadets give their time freely and generously to assist the local community and show their love for Maryborough.  

Community event of the year

Fraser Coast Technology Challenge

The Tech Challenge as we all know it has been held for many years and is an event which truly reflects the spirit of community participation and commitment.  The event is attended by teams from intra and interstate and is delivered by the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce with a great deal of support from volunteers, businesses and Council.  The Tech Challenge is a multi-faceted event providing opportunities for students to focus on team building, leadership and skills development and includes human powered vehicles, push carts, robotics, dragsters and expanding to drones in 2019.