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Australia Day Awards Nominees and Recipients 2019

29 January, 2019

I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
Errol Best 
David Brown
Karlene Crack 
Patricia Davies
Bob Davis
George Duck
Tara Duerkop
Maria Edubas
Jenny Elliott
Kirsti Kee
Michelle Kinbacher
Noel Marlow
The Late Alastair Martin 
Gerry Meijer
Shirley Ramsay
Billie Rustin
Diana Schoonderwoerd
Lance Stone 
Madonna Suter
Bobbie Thomas
Richard Watt 
Graham Wode
Michelle Youngberry
 
 

Citizen of the Year – Greig Bolderrow

 
He’s one of the Fraser Coast’s most recognisable voices and has racked up years of service to tourism, community groups and preserving the history of Maryborough.
 
A Maryborough lad, Greig started his working life as a radio announcer at the Maryborough-based 4MB the day after he left school in 1971. 
 
In 1972 he switched to sales and four years later was the youngest radio station manager in the country. By 1984 he was General Manager of the station’s Maryborough and Bundaberg operations.
 
During his career in radio he gave tremendous support to community groups to ensure the Fraser Coast was a vibrant and growing community.
 
He has been involved in theatre groups, used his stage and broadcasting skills as voluntary MC at hundreds of community events across the region.
 
As a broadcaster he has helped keep the community informed, often heading back into the studio to broadcast updates and information as floods and cyclones hit the Fraser Coast.
 
In 2001 Greig was inducted into the Grundy Hall of Fame, named after the Australian entrepreneur and media mogul, Reg Grundy who owned the radio network.
 
In 2005 he was named General Manager of the year by the Grundy organisation. 
 
Greig retired in 2017 after rising to the position of Wide Bay General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo overseeing the group’s radio and television operations on the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.
 
His involvement in the performing arts not only set him on his career in radio, but as a legend of iconic Maryborough enterprises such as the Ghost Tours where his alter egos entertained and informed thousands of visitors on the region’s history.
 
From the tender age of nine he was a member of the Maryborough Excelsior Band and began performing on stage in 1968. Since then he has appeared in many productions as a member of the Maryborough Little Theatre and Maryborough Players and independent groups.
 
Greig has also has directed and produced many plays and was president of Little Theatre from 1985 to 1988.
 
His service to the community started in 1970 as a member of the Interact Club at school where he helped set a Guinness World Record for marathon table tennis playing.
 
He joined Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) in 1976 and was elected to chair the committee to organise the 1978 Queensland Brass Band Championships in Maryborough.
 
The profits from the event helped finish the Maryborough Jaycee Home, a facility for children and adults with an intellectual disability from outlying areas attending the Endeavour school or workshop in Maryborough.
 
He was president of Jaycees in 1980 and held many executive positions as well as being a board member of the Maryborough Brach of the Endeavour Foundation from 1983 to 1985.
In 1987 he founded the Maryborough Branch of the Australasian Orchid Society dedicated to growing and conserving Australian Native Orchids.
 
In 1992 he was elected president of the society’s northern regional council which covered all clubs from Coffs Harbour north.
 
As a member of the society he sat on a Queensland Government committee formed to introduce licensing and tagging of orchids taken from the wild as part of conservation efforts.
 
Greig was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise which formed in 1998 and was president of St Mary’s Primary School and Parents and Friends Association (2001-03), board member of St Mary’s College (2006-08) and board member of the Brolga Theatre.
 
He has long been a vigorous supporter of Maryborough and the region in tourism-related projects.
 
One of the projects he started is the Maryborough Walk of Achievers – a series of plaques along Wharf Street which pays tribute to the world-class achievements of people born in the city. 
 
Currently there are 91 plaques in the walk.
 
In 2014 Greig was elected to the board of Fraser Coast Opportunities, a group set up to manage tourism and economic development on the Fraser Coast.
 
In 2016 FCO was restructured into Fraser Coast Tourism and Events concentrating on tourism and attracting major events to the region. Greig is the current chairman of the FCTE board.
 
In 2014 Greig became a core member of the Duncan Chapman Memorial Appeal Committee which raised funds to build the statue of Duncan Chapman, the first Allied soldier to step ashore at Gallipoli.
 
The statue was unveiled in a dawn ceremony on April 24, 2015 in a sound and light show created by Greig.
 
By then the committee had created a vision for a greater memorial which traced the story of the original Anzacs and a regional military trail tracing Australia’s military history through unique heritage sites around the region.
 
As vice-president of the committee Greig played a pivotal role in the group evolved into the Queens Park Military Trail Project Committee which oversaw the building of the $5million Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in Queens Park.
 
The unique memorial has been hailed as world-class and attracted a steady stream of visitors, more than three-times the numbers estimated, since it was opened by the Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on July 21, 32018.
 
All of the audio features of the memorial were recorded by Greig.
 
Since the opening he has used his compere and theatrical skills to voluntarily guide hundreds of people in tour groups through the memorial.
 
His passion and enthusiasm for the memorial is unflagging and now encompasses the development of the Fraser Coast Regional Military Trail.

 

Young Citizen of the Year 

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
 
Karen Boulton
Hannah Cain
Kaitlin Edmondstone
Jack Hughes 
Rachel Hurford 
Levi Matthews
Katherine McIndoe
Kelland McNall 
Amie Pennisi
Bri Sengstock 
 

Young Citizen of the Year – Karen Boulton 

 
Fifteen-year-old Riverside Christian College student Karen Boulton is passionate about issues that affect our youth. 
 
She understands the unique challenges young people face in our local community and is passionate about creating opportunities for youths to actively engage and participate productively in their local community. 
 
Karen works to ensure young people can grasp the opportunities available by raising their self-esteem and helping them feel they are adding value to our community.
 
To achieve her goal of creating opportunities for local youths, Karen applied and became the Member for Maryborough in the 2018 Queensland State Youth Parliament. 
 
As youth parliamentarian Karen reviews and debates parliamentary bills and suggests amendments that would benefit young people, particularly in her local community. 
 
Karen has raised awareness on the serious issues affecting youth by presenting a members’ statement on youth suicide and self-harm in the Queensland parliament. 
 
She hopes her time as the Member for Maryborough will encourage more youths to engage in finding positive outcomes for the community. 
 
Karen also uses this position to advocate on behalf of Fraser Coast youths and raise significant issues such as youth suicide and self-harm and suggest possible solutions that will support local youths.
 
She meets regularly with Fraser Coast Regional Council representatives to discuss youth-related issues and initiatives to support and empower local youth. 
 
Karen’s ultimate goal is the establishment of a youth centre on the Fraser Coast.
 
She volunteers at many community activities ranging from Victory Care Services, the Maryborough Speedway and at the Fraser Coast Show and equestrian events. 
 
Karen was heavily involved in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, acting as event co-ordinator and was a member of the organizing committee, fundraising and setting up for the event. 
 
She opened Youth Week events in Howard and Maryborough and engaged with local businesses to support the event by donating prizes. 
 
Karen was a baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games. 
 
In recognition of her volunteer work, Karen was recently the 2018 recipient of the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award Fraser Coast.
 
Karen’s contribution to her community is made even more remarkable given she has a disability; a rare condition known as 1Q21.1 Deletion Syndrome which affects her physical and intellectual development. 
 
Karen does not let her disability define her, and chooses to use her disability to show others that anything is possible, and you can achieve your goals despite the challenges you may face.
 
She is not afraid to actively demonstrate her passion and commitment to issues and works hard to inspire other young people to overcome their challenges and to make a difference in their community. 
 
Her goals for 2019 include implementing a “Passion Club” at Riverside Christian College which will allow students to debate important topics and provide her with an opportunity to learn what issues are important to youth and to take these to a wider audience. 

 

She hopes her time as the Member for Maryborough will encourage more youths to engage in finding positive outcomes for the community. 

Karen also uses this position to advocate on behalf of Fraser Coast youths and raise significant issues such as youth suicide and self-harm and suggest possible solutions that will support local youths.

She meets regularly with Fraser Coast Regional Council representatives to discuss youth-related issues and initiatives to support and empower local youth. 

Karen’s ultimate goal is the establishment of a youth centre on the Fraser Coast.

She volunteers at many community activities ranging from Victory Care Services, the Maryborough Speedway and at the Fraser Coast Show and equestrian events. 

Karen was heavily involved in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, acting as event co-ordinator and was a member of the organizing committee, fundraising and setting up for the event. 

She opened Youth Week events in Howard and Maryborough and engaged with local businesses to support the event by donating prizes. 

Karen was a baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games. 

In recognition of her volunteer work, Karen was recently the 2018 recipient of the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award Fraser Coast.

Karen’s contribution to her community is made even more remarkable given she has a disability; a rare condition known as 1Q21.1 Deletion Syndrome which affects her physical and intellectual development. 

Karen does not let her disability define her, and chooses to use her disability to show others that anything is possible, and you can achieve your goals despite the challenges you may face.

She is not afraid to actively demonstrate her passion and commitment to issues and works hard to inspire other young people to overcome their challenges and to make a difference in their community. 

Her goals for 2019 include implementing a “Passion Club” at Riverside Christian College which will allow students to debate important topics and provide her with an opportunity to learn what issues are important to youth and to take these to a wider audience. 

Cultural Award of the Year

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
 
Joyce Bott
Fraser Coast Art Collective
Rebecca Knowles
Susie Lewis
Maryborough Mural Project
Liane Mills - Zpac
NAIDOC Family Fun Day - HBNC Open Day
Josie Street
 

Cultural Award of the Year – Rebecca Knowles 

 
Artist Rebecca Knowles has made Hervey Bay home in more ways than one. The Bay, and its marine life, has become her muse and model for her vibrant artworks.
 
Her paintings, which include humpback whales, whimsical details and stylised scenes of Hervey Bay and the Urangan Pier, grace walls around the world, helping to spread the word of Hervey Bay and its seaside charms.
 
Rebecca’s artwork is reproduced in many forms from framed prints, postcards, drink coolers and placemats and murals at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre and Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre.
 
Her artistic abilities have also been called on by the organisers other iconic Hervey Bay events, such as the Hervey Bay 100 triathlon, to design apparel for competitors.
 
The Urangan Pier Market used one of her paintings as its logo.
 
Rebecca’s artworks are also helping to create jobs ash she has a strong commitment to having her products made in Australia.

 

Young Cultural Award of the Year 

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
 
Hannah Cain
Leonie Kingdom
Katherine McIndoe
Alexandrea Rossiter
Jorja Signitzer
David Sue Yek
 

Young Cultural Award of the Year – Alexandrea Rossiter

 
Alexandrea has been a dancer with Cleone McRoberts Academy of Dance for nine years where she participates in weekly tap, jazz, contemporary and Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examination classes. 
 
She has performed in every concert and many local dance Eisteddfods with the academy and her school.
 
For the past five years Alexandrea has volunteered at the academy assisting Cleone with the 3 to 5 years ballet and jazz classes, the 6 to 8 tap classes as well as the Grade 1, 3 and Intermediate Foundation Ballet Examination classes. 
 
Alexandrea's work ethic and attitude makes her an exemplary role model to the younger students.
 
She has performed in many Speech and Drama Eisteddfods, local productions of Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady and the St Mary's College production of The Addams Family. 
 
In 2019, Alexandrea will be part of the St Mary's College production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. 
 
Alexandrea plays the flute at school events as well as visiting nursing homes and the hospital to entertain our elderly and unwell. 
 
She participates in the school band and choir which also perform at school events and Eisteddfod.
 
Alexandrea is very committed to her ballet studies and takes yearly examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance (London). She has now completed seven exams and has received a Distinction in each.
 
She is also a committed flute player and has entered several items into the Maryborough Eisteddfod. 
 
At the 2018 Eisteddfod, at only 12 years of age, she played in the 12 years and under, 15 years and under and the 18 years and under categories taking a first, three seconds, three thirds and two Highly Commended awards.
 
She was also awarded the Maryborough Eisteddfod Committee's Encouragement Award for Instrumental (all age groups).
 
In the 2018 Speech and Drama section of the Eisteddfod, Alexandrea received two firsts, a second, a third and two Highly Commended awards.
 
Alexandrea also entered four pieces in the Literary Section for this Eisteddfod and received three first places and a second place. 
 
She was also awarded the Most Outstanding Literary award for 2018.
 
In November, Alexandrea was announced the winner of the Fraser Coast Youth Achievement Awards - Achievement in the Arts Award for 2018. 
 
She was also awarded a Gold Cultural Award for her contribution to the Arts through St Mary's College.
 
Alexandrea has received the Doris McRoberts Bursary for the past five years for being a consistently passionate student and her dedication to the dance studio and its younger students.
 
She has represented the Fraser Coast at the State Honours Ensemble Program through the Queensland Conservatorium of Music for outstanding instrumental students for the past two years which gave her the opportunity to work with other students and teachers from around the state. 
 
Alexandrea balances all of her Art commitments with dedication to her studies (she is a straight A student), participates in the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge (placing first in the pushcart section in 2017 and third in her category of HPV in 2018).
 
Alexandrea was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - a lifelong gastrointestinal disease - in December 2015.
 
Instead of letting this disease rule her life, she has chosen to let her life educate others and help others who have this disease.
 
In December a poem she wrote for the 2018 Maryborough Eisteddfod, The Beast Within, was published in the Summer Edition of the nationwide Crohn's and Colitis Australia magazine.
 
Alexandrea has committed to continuing her assistance at her dance studio for 2019, also adding in a couple of extra classes with the 6 to 8 ballet and jazz groups. 
 
She will sit her next ballet exam in August/September, and currently spends up to 10 hours per week learning and refining her work. 
 

Sportsperson of the Year 

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
Mel and Joanne Downes
Graham Gronow
Amy Harth
Kym Lingard
Rick Macdonald
John Street
 

Sportsperson of the Year – Kym Lingard

 
Kym Lingard is an avid swimmer and triathlete.
 
At home around the water Kym is a member of the Hervey Bay Swimming Club, Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Hervey Bay Masters Swimming Club (Humpbacks) and the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club.
 
As a Triathlon Accredited Club and Community Coach Kym assists Brian Harrington with the daily coaching of Hervey Bay Triathlon Club juniors.
 
When not on the bike or swimming Kym can be found patrolling Torquay Beach with the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
 
Previously Kym was an Age Manager and Team Manager within the Nippers program at Hervey Bay Surf Club.
 
Kym is also heavily involved in the many sports in which her children participate, including: touch football, swimming, triathlon, soccer, cricket and surf life saving.
 
Last year Kym was the recipient of the Fraser Coast Regional Council Sports Masters of the Year (40 years plus) award as well as:
Finalist ‘Athlete of the Year’ – Queensland Surf Life Saving ‘Awards of Excellence’;
Winner – Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships – Masters – Rescue Tube Race Event;
Winner – Overall Age Champion - North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships;
Winner – Athlete of the Year - Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Surf Life Saving;
Winner – Athlete of the Year – Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club;
Winner – Premiership Age Champion – Wide Bay Capricorn Surf Life Saving;
In the swimming events at the Pan Pacific Masters Games she won two Silver and one Bronze medal;
Hervey Bay Humpbacks Swimmer of the Year;
Overall Age Champion in the swimming events at the Maryborough Masters Games;
Won a Bronze medal in the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships Masters 2km Beach Runand, and;
Was a member of the first female team overall at the Rainbow Beach Double Triathlon.

 

Young Sportsperson of the Year

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees –
 
Keith Ashcroft 
Alec Braund
Hannah Cullum-Sanders
Kellie Davies
Hannah Karrasch 
Thomas Roberts
Brittany Roll
Teya Rufus
Lydia Shackell
Jhairah Taylor
Mathew Taylor
 

Young Sportsperson of the Year – Hannah Karrasch

 
Hannah has represented her country at international volleyball tournaments, state at national tournaments, and the Fraser Coast at regional competitions.
 
Her international career started as a member of the Australian Youth Women’s Volleyball Team which competed in the 11th Asian Youth Girls Champions in Chongqing, China in March 2017. 
 
She was then selected to play in the Australian Junior Women’s team which competed in the 19th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships in Bac Ninh, Vietnam in June 2018. 
 
Nationally the Aldridge State High School Year 12 student has been a member of the Queensland Under 19 Maroon Volleyball Team that competed at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships.
 
In 2017 Hannah was captain of the Queensland Under 17 Maroon Volleyball team which won a gold medal at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships. 
 
Her performance at the championships was rewarded with her being voted as the team’s most valuable player and selection in the Australian All Star 7.
 
In September 2017 Hannah was a member of the 19 Years and Under Queensland Schools Sport Volleyball Team which competed in the South East Asian Volleyball Championships in Singapore.
 
Her versatility on court has also seen her selected as a member of the bronze-medal winning Queensland Under 17 Beach Volleyball team which competed at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Pert in 2017.
 
At home Hannah was captain of the Aldridge State High School Volleyball team which won a Bronze medal at the 2017 Australian All Schools Volleyball Cup. 
 
Hannah was captain of the school team which won Silver at the Queensland Senior School Cup Open Honours Division in 2018 and Gold at the Queensland Senior Schools Cup 17 Years Honours Division.
 
She was captain of the Wide Bay Open Girls Volleyball team which won silver at the Queensland School Sport 19 Years and Under State Championships in 2018.
 

Community Group of the Year 

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
 
Bauple Museum
Boomerang Bags - Maryborough
Burrum District Community Centre
Community Lifestyles Agency
Fraser Coast Artslink Graffiti Grannies
Friends of the Maryborough Cemetery
Hervey Bay Ambulance Committee (Annual Goods Wheel)
Hervey Bay Helpers - Facebook Page
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre - Volunteers
Local Level Alliance
Mighty Lion Hearts - Mary River Lions Club
Maryborough Food Swap Group
Quota International of Maryborough
The Hervey Bay Men’s Shed
The Meeting Place
TS Maryborough – Australian Navy Cadets

 

Community Group of the Year – TS Maryborough – Australian Navy Cadets 

 
TS Maryborough cadets is comprised of teenagers aged from 13 to 18 years of age who parade on Wednesday evenings and most weekends learning basic drill, seamanship, emergency response procedures, leadership skills and volunteering their time to help the local community. 
 
The cadets and their Drum Corp lead the parade each year on Anzac Day in Maryborough as well as participating in services in Tiaro and the surrounding areas. 
 
The Drum Corp is a vital part of many community events such as the Burrum Coal Festival, Remembrance Day services in Howard, Toogoom and Maryborough, the 4650 extravaganza and school fetes and events. 
 
Cadets guard the cenotaph at a number of commemorative events. 
 
The teenagers and the adult staff give their time freely and generously to assist the local community, to show their commitment to the community and love for Maryborough.
 
In 2015, 2017 and 2018 Training ship Maryborough won the best in Flotllia Award. 
 
In 2017 and 2018 they went on to win The Navy League of Australia Trophy (Best in Australia).
 

Community Event of the Year

 
I’d like to acknowledge the nominees -
 
4650 CBD Extravaganza
A Cat World Championships 
Bay Break Multisport Festival
Burrum Coal Discovery Festival 
Carols in the Village 2018
Fraser Coast Ability Ball
Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Competition 
Fraser Coast Technology Challenge
FraserPop
Glenwood Swap Meet
Hervey Bay 100 Triathlon
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Culture Cafe
NAIDOC 2018
RYDA Program
Tour de Bay
 

Community Event of the Year – Fraser Coast Technology Challenge 

 
The Fraser Coast Technology Challenge is a three-day event held in the heart of Maryborough, hosted by Maryborough State High School and organised by the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce. 
 
The event is a collaborative effort that brings together hundreds of volunteers from business, schools and community groups and showcases the Heritage City to visitors from around Australia.
 
The annual challenge covers a number of events that encourage students to engage in science and technology, as well as fitness. 
 
While it is organised by the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce, it’s the end result of input from hundreds of volunteers from across the region. 
 
The central pillar of the event is the 24-hour Human Powered Vehicle race by teams of high school students who build their HPV's and train for the event throughout the year. 
 
Teams of students compete against each other for 24 hours to see who can clock up the most laps of the course.
 
Other events include push cart races by teams from primary schools, robotics, solar boats and CO2-powered dragsters. 
 
Always with their eye on the future, the event will be expanded this year to include drones.