Citizen of the Year ceremonies were held across the Darling Downs region on Australia Day, with many locals receiving the honour in recognition of their contribution to the community.

Among the winners in the Toowoomba Regional Council is Toowoomba‘s Australia Day Citizen of the Year is Sergeant Campble Crisp, for his tireless work with youth at the Toowoomba PCYC as Branch Manager. He is recognised as an individual who “gets things done”, having devoted countless hours of his time on a voluntary basis. During his tenure, the branch has grown from four to 61 staff, attracting more than 60 volunteers who facilitate 9500 attendances per month.

The Southern Downs Regional Council conferred awards to John Boucher of Stanthorpe, born and bred in the region, for being an active member of the community throughout his entire life.

Leonard Monaghan of Warwick, affectionately known as the ‘Rubbish Rambler’, also won a Citizen of the Year award for his tireless dedication to keeping the town clean.

The Western Downs Regional Council awarded its Tara Citizen of the Year to Marie-Louise Thornbury for her tireless dedication to building and securing funds for Tara events. Eileen Gosden also won in Dalby, among a myriad of other honourable locals.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council granted its Citizen of the Year to Adrian Shepley, for his passion and commitment to the community, while the Goondiwindi Regional Council awarded Peter and Gloria Cory for tireless years of community service and fundraising.

This included Gloria’s many years in the local branch of the Red Cross and Peter’s long service in the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service and as founding member and President of the Gundy Mens Shed.

Inglewood and Texas Citizen of the Year was Milan Doljanin, for his efforts in fundraising on behalf of community groups over many, many years.

In Roma, Maranoa Regional Council‘s Citizen of the Year award went to Annette Mills for her valuable service to the community with the Roma and District Family History Society, as well as her research and compiling of the thrice-yearly newsletter The Maranoa Enquirer.

St George-based Balonne Shire Council awarded its Citizen of the Year to Cheryl Brimblecombe.

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