The region’s most outstanding citizens have been named as part of Western Downs Regional Council‘s Australia Day Awards 2021.

Forty-nine nominations were received from all corners of the region, with 12 individuals and five groups receiving awards across six categories including Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Local Volunteer of the Year, Local Sports Award, Local Community Organisation Achievement Award, and Local Creative Arts Award.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was phenomenal to recognise the outstanding people in the community. “Our Australia Day Awards are our most prestigious accolades given to the residents who have gone above and beyond through the year,” Cr McVeigh said. “The past year has been particularly challenging for everyone, and it is incredible to see so many amazing people continue to serve our great community and excel in a range of areas.

“Our local awards are designed to celebrate the unsung achievers in our towns who are the lifeblood of our local communities and have made great contributions to our various community, sporting, and creative offerings. It truly demonstrates the spirit of the Western Downs community and it’s an absolute honour to recognise those individuals and groups who have strived to make our region a better place to live and work in the past 12 months.”

Eleven-year old Addison Clay was named the Local Sports Award Winner for Tara and District and has been recognised for her bravery and determination in gaining various sporting achievements all while battling stage four cancer. Addison said she was excited when she found out she had won the Sports Award for her district. “I have had so many people supporting me in the past year and it’s important to show other kids that you should just go for your dreams, try-hard, and don’t be scared,” Miss Clay said. “I really want to make the Queensland Softball Team this year and I am excited to keep training and working towards my goal.”

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