2017 Australia Day Award Winners Announced 2017 Australia Day Award Winners Announced

South Burnett Regional Council Announces Australia Day Award Winners

The South Burnett Regional Council announced its 2017 Australia Day Award Winners at the region’s official awards ceremony held on the eve of Australia Day, Wednesday 25 January, at the Nanango State High School Hall.

The ceremony kicked off with local musician Simon Illing followed by the official opening and welcome by MC John Carey.  This was followed by an address from the South Burnett Australia Day Ambassador Annabel Pike and a Citizenship Ceremony. The Australian National Anthem was sung by Sue Dowideit-Reiger and Nanango local Bruce Webb recited a bush poem which he wrote especially for the Awards Ceremony.

Mayor Keith Campbell said “Having your name put forward for one of these awards is a great honour and shows great recognition and appreciation from your local community. I hope that both our winners and our nominees are very proud of their achievements and I want to sincerely thank our community for their support.”

South Burnett Region 2017 Australia Day Award winners are as follows:-



Elaine Madill

South Burnett Citizen of the Year

Rebecca Clapperton

South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year

Motors in Motion

South Burnett Community Organisation

Kingaroy SES

South Burnett Community Organisation – Highly Commended

Col Sippel

South Burnett Lifetime Achievement

Fay Kerkow

South Burnett Volunteer of the Year

Andrew Maddern

South Burnett Cultural Award

Lara-Maree Boyle

South Burnett Cultural Award (Junior)

Mitch Argent

South Burnett Sportsperson of the Year

Brianna Pogany

South Burnett Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Darren Geiger

South Burnett Sportsperson (Coach/Official or Administrator)

Merle Richards

Local Achiever Award - Nanango

Jeff Connor

Local Achiever Award – Blackbutt/Benarkin

Gary Barron

Local Achiever Award - Kingaroy

Desiree Crawford

Local Achiever Award - Kumbia

Cliff Seiler

Local Achiever Award - Wooroolin

Greg Day

Local Achiever Award – Wondai/Tingoora

Noela Ardrey

Local Achiever Award – Proston/Hivesville

Trevor Otto

Local Achiever Award – Murgon

Region Secures Australia Day Ambassador Region Secures Australia Day Ambassador

South Burnett Regional Council is delighted to announce Ms Annabel Pike as its 2017 Australia Day Ambassador.  Annabel will be participating in Council's regional Australia Day Awards Ceremony to be held at the Nanango State High School Hall on Wednesday night, 25th January 2017.

Annabel suffers from a profound, bilateral, sensory neural hearing loss.  Focussing her efforts on academia in high school, Annabel perused her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.  Gaining early acceptance into the Australian Catholic University (ACU) through their inaugural ‘Early Achievers Program’, Annabel overcame hearing difficulties and in 2011 graduated with Honours and the Sovereign of Military Order of MALTA for Excellence in Palliative Care. In 2012, she was offered a place in the highly coveted Mater Health Service Graduate Program.

In 2013, Annabel was the sole recipient of the Australian Graduation Nurse of the Year.  Annabel was also awarded The Pride of Australia Medal for Care and Compassion in 2013 and an Australian of the Year nomination in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015 and 2016, Annabel was honoured to be an Australia Day Ambassador and accepted nominations for the Young Alumnus of the Year in the ACU Alumni Awards and HESTA Australian Nursing Awards (for the third time in three years). Most recently, Annabel was one of four finalists for Queensland Young Achiever of the Year, and Clinical Supervisor of the Year, 2016.

In October 2014 and June 2015, Annabel travelled to Cambodia to volunteer in a rural hospital as a nurse educator and mentor, winning the hearts of the local nurses and community. In 2015, Annabel was the nursing feature in the ABC TV series, “Keeping Australia Alive.”

Currently studying postgraduate coursework, working in Oncology and Palliative Care, and facilitating nursing students in one of Australia’s leading Universities for nurses, Annabel hopes her care and advocacy for patients can be an inspiration to novice practitioners.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Keith Campbell, encourages residents to come along and meet Annabel at the South Burnett Awards Ceremony, which starts at 6.30pm on the evening of 25th January.  "It is not often that accomplished Australians of her stature visit our region and I urge our residents to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity," he said.

The Australia Day Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by Woolworths.

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South Burnett Awards Night - Wednesday 25 January 2017

South Burnett Regional Council invites you to attend the 9th Annual Australia Day Awards ceremony being held on Wednesday 25 January 2017 (eve of Australia Day) at Nanango High School Hall. The awards ceremony will commence at 6:30pm.

Community Events - Thursday 26 January 2017

Blackbutt - The Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Festival committee in conjunction with the Blackbutt Tennis Club and supported by the Blackbutt Benarkin Heritage and Tourism Association, , Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade and Blackbutt Benarkin Aged Care will be working together to host this year’s Australia Day event for the whole family at the Blackbutt Tennis Courts. There will be a FREE bacon and egg burger breakfast from 8:00 -10:00am followed by FREE family friendly activities such as a jumping castle, Australia Day Trivia game, crosswords and colouring in for children and adults alike. Join in the fun with the gumboot throwing competition and rolling pin throw and test your skill in the Avocado Roll.

Boondooma - The Boondooma Homestead will be hosting an evening event starting at 5:00pm with a Flag Raising Ceremony followed by a BBQ dinner. There will be live entertainment featuring Buddy Thomson, Lynne Bennett and others. A bus will be running on the day from Murgon, Wondai, Hivesville and Proston. You will need to pre-book your seat through Proston Country Bus Service on (07) 4168 9296, ticket price is $5.00 per person. The timetable will be available at any South Burnett Regional Council office.

  • The Bus will be leaving from each town at:

    • Wondai – 2:45pm from bus stop opposite the Newsagents

    • Hivesville – 3:10pm from Main Street in Hivesville

    • Proston – 3:20pm from Old Proston Town Hall

    • Arrive at Boondooma at 4:00pm

Kingaroy - The Kingaroy Australia Day celebrations will be held in the Town Hall Forecourt with a free breakfast from 7.00am.  There will be Face Painting, Jumping Castle and painting activities for the children; Bush Poetry, Whip Cracking and Steve Hood (Button Accordion) .  At 9:00am the Flag Raising Ceremony will be performed by the 125 Army Cadet Unit followed by National Anthem (Jordy Green), the Affirmation Ceremony and then recognition of Australia Day Award winners from the Kingaroy area and.  Music by Jordy Green and Erica Henderson Guest Speakers will be Dr. Emma Leu-Marshall and Russell Thompson (Principal Kingaroy State School).   We have the Pie and Lamington Eating competition at 9.50am with the raffle draw about 10.15am and then finishing with the traditional cane toad races.

Murgon - The members of the Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum have organised activities on Australia Day for you to participate and enjoy. The day commences with a BBQ breakfast from 7:00-8:00am, followed by a ceremony to announce Award Winners from 8:30am. Live entertainment will be provided, a Flag Raising Ceremony and then morning tea. Come and enjoy our Australia Day with friends.

Nanango - The Nanango Historical Society will be hosting a breakfast from 7:00am at Nanango Showgrounds. The breakfast will be followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony and then recognition of Australia Day Award winners from the Nanango area. This year there will be bush poets, yarns & music as well as the dog high jump (small and large) and tug of war. Nanango welcomes you to join us this Australia Day.

Proston - The Proston Scout Group are hosting an Australia Day afternoon tea with free tea, coffee, damper and lamington’s at their Scout Block in Rodney Street, Proston from 2:30 - 4:00pm. Cold drinks will be on sale. There will be a family friendly cricket game and also a Sign On Day for youth and adults for Scout membership.

Wondai - Head on down to Wondai’s Memorial Hall for breakfast on Australia Day from 7:00-9:00am onwards. The Wondai Lions Club breakfast is always a popular event. This year there will be live entertainment provided by the Wondai Town & District Band, an Australian Citizen Affirmation Ceremony and a Flag Raising Ceremony to get you into the real spirit of Australia Day.

Hivesville - Breakfast will be held at the park in Hivesville starting at 8:00am hosted by the Hivesville Progress Association.

Comments & Suggestions?

Your feedback is valuable to us. If you have any comments or suggestions to help council improve it's approach to celebrating Australia Day, please contact the Mayor's Office on (07) 4189 9155.