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.”