Senator congratulates local Australia Day Award winners

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has paid tribute to Burdekin residents who were recognised for their achievements as part of today’s annual Australia Day Awards at the Home Hill Memorial Hall.

“On behalf of the whole of our wider region, I would like to congratulate all the Burdekin Shire Council award winners for their outstanding efforts,” Senator Macdonald said.

The 2016 Burdekin Shire winners were:

Citizen of the Year – Robert Antoniazzi

Young Citizen of the Year – Rene’ Le Feuvre and William Webber

Senior Sports – Frank Beer

Sports Achievement Award – Michael Littlefield

Junior Sports – Emma Lawson

Achievement Award – Adam Walton

Sports Administrator – Terry Lund

Senior Cultural Award – Merle Turner

Junior Cultural Award – Taia Favale

Achievement Award – Dot Jensen and Iris Dingle

Excellence Award – Karen Healey

Lifetime Contribution Award – Joan Heatley

Community Event of the Year – Burdekin Junior Rugby League Club’s Shane Muspratt Cup.

“Regardless of the nature of the achievement, it is a great honour to be recognised by your peers and local community for your efforts, and this year’s winners have certainly done their community proud.”

Senator Macdonald said Australia Day was the perfect opportunity to acknowledge not only those unsung heroes in the community, but also to celebrate the country’s newest citizens.

“It is equally a very special day for those who have made the decision to become an Australian citizen today.

“This is an important acknowledgement of acceptance of our nation’s culture and values, something that many of us take for granted.

“Australia Day is not only about recognising and rejoicing in our national pride and unique character, it should also be a time to pause and reflect on just how lucky we are to call ourselves Australian.”

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