An Open Invitation To Our Australia Day Awards Celebration
Council has issued an open invitation to its 2019 Australia Day Awards to be presented in conjunction with a citizenship ceremony on Thursday 24 January.
The awards, at The Centre Beaudesert, will celebrate the community champions and quiet achievers who make the Scenic Rim such a great place to live. The citizenship ceremony will officially welcome our newest Australians to the region and marks 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law.
Scenic Rim Acting Mayor Rick Stanfield said the 2019 Australia Day Awards provided an opportunity to recognise the significant contributions of community groups and citizens of all ages.
"This is about shining a spotlight on those who so often work behind the scenes without reward or recognition," he said.
"It's one night of the year to thank our community champions and the quiet achievers whose year-round contribution to their communities makes this such a great part of Australia."
The awards and citizenship celebration on Thursday 24 January begins at 5pm for a 5.30pm start at The Centre Beaudesert and includes light refreshments and entertainment by guitarist Greg Copeland and local bush poet Nerelie Teese with an appearance by Australia Day Ambassador, entrepreneur Steve Baxter, best known for his Shark Tank Australia role.
Cr Stanfield said that new citizens taking their pledge on 24 January will receive a special Commemorative 70th Anniversary coin.
"Interestingly, it was only on Australia Day,1949, that the concept of Australian citizenship came into being. On January 26 that year, the Nationality and Citizenship Act of 1948 took effect, introducing a unique national identity for Australians beyond their previous status as British subjects," he said.
Those wishing to accept Council's invitation to the Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony have only until Friday 18 January to RSVP by phone on 5540 5399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards will be presented across four categories:
- Community Event of the Year Award for the individual, group or organisation which has staged the most outstanding community event in the Scenic Rim region between 30 November 2017 and 30 November 2018
- Citizen of the Year Award, for an exceptional young person aged between 16 and 30 who is making an outstanding contribution to the Scenic Rim community.
- Citizen of the Year Award, for someone aged 31 to 65 who has been an inspirational role model to the Scenic Rim community over a number of years, and
- Citizen of the Year Award for an inspirational person aged 65 and over who continues to provide outstanding service to the Scenic Rim community and presents a positive image of ageing.
"I hope you will join us in celebrating those who make our region all that is as we also welcome our newest Australians and celebrate our nation's birthday," Cr Stanfield said.
SUMMARY OF NOMINATIONS
Community Event of the Year
Light Up Beaudesert BEAUDESERT
Canungra Sports and Recreation Grounds Turns 100 CANUNGRA
Citizen of the Year (16-30 Years)
Miss Laura Ross TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
Miss Caitlyn Hester ALLENVIEW
Miss Kodi Sawtell COOCHIN
Citizen of the Year (31-65 Years)
Mrs Christine Crowther ROADVALE
Ms Erin Quinlan BEAUDESERT
Mr Nigel Allsopp CANUNGRA
Ms Keer Moriarty CANUNGRA
Ms Caroline Andrew CANUNGRA
Citizen of the Year (65+ Years)
Mr Maurie Hansell BEECHMONT
Mrs June Herbohn GLENEAGLE
Mrs Margaret Manthey BEAUDESERT
Ms Jeanette Lockey TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
Mr Keith Cogzell FERNY GLEN