Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Australia Day Award recipients 2010

Nine locals were recognised today for their contributions to our community at the Australia Day celebrations.

Cairns Regional Council also welcomed 100 new Australian citizens at today's ceremony.

Those attending the ceremony were greeted Gimuy Walabara Ydiniji, Seith Fourmile.

Cairns Regional Council CEO Lyn Russell PSM, was the master of the ceremony. The national anthem was sung by local tenor Bernie Mackenzie, and Jim Turnour MP for Leichardt, delivered the Prime Minister’s message.

The Australia Day Awards were presented by Mayor Val Schier. The panel comprised of the Mayor and Councillors selected the winners, nominated by the community.

Citizen of the Year
Mr Stan Jensen – Edmonton
34 years with Queensland Ambulance Service as Officer in Charge at Gordonvale and Edmonton Ambulance stations
Received the Mulgrave Shire Council Community Service Award 1995 and the National Medal from the Mulgrave Shire for Public Service
Foundation member Hambledon House Community Centre Advisory Committee
Member of the Mount Peter Master Planning Community Reference Group

Junior Citizen
Tahlia Burchill - Mossman
School Captain and recipient of the Caltex All Rounder and School Service Award for Mossman State High School 2009
Winner of the Mossman and District Lions Youth of the Year Quest
Mentor to entrants of the 2009 Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Program

Special Commendation Junior Citizen
Georgia Smith - Cairns
Rotary Youth Ambassador nationally and internationally
Member of the Cairns Youth Orchestra
Duke of Edinburgh Award recipient
Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award

Cultural Citizens
Jimmy and Lori Barton - Cairns
Choral Society life members
Cairns Little Theatre life members
Mary Webb Award for Acting recipients
Involved in recent production of Miss Saigon

Volunteer Citizen
Majorie Lrae Norris – Mossman
District Commissioner for Girl Guides Queensland
Councillor for the former Douglas Shire (2000 -2004)
Mother of five and teacher
Member of Mossman District Red Cross
Secretary and President Mossman District Nursing Home Committee

Senior Sportsperson
Wayne Mawer – Cairns
Achieved two World Wateski Racing Championships 12 years apart
Won the 2009 IWSF World Championship in Belgium
The only athlete in history to win this title twice

Junior Sportspersons
Robert Johnston – Cairns
National All schools Track and Field champion
Member Cairns Marlins basketball team
Member of the Australian team at Sydney Youth Olympics 2009
Ranked No 1 Australian Weightlifting 16yrs super weight category 2009

Aislynn Weber – Cairns
BMX World Title Champion 11 yrs girls 2009
Queensland State Title BMX Champion 2009
Second place Australian BMX Titles Perth 2009

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