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South Burnett Regional Council announces 2022 Australia Day Award Recipients

With community safety as our primary concern the difficult decision was made by Council to postpone the Australia Day Awards Cersmony.  Council announced the 2022 Australia Day Award recipients via video on Wednesday 26 January 2022.  A link to the video is available here.

Mayor Brett Otto said “South Burnett is privileged to have so many dedicated people within our community. We take great pride in our region and being part of this great Australian story, so it is important for us to recognise these people that truly make a difference. Congratulations to all award recipients and a sincere thank you to our nominees and our community for their support in nominating their peers for an award.”

Congratulations to the following 2022 Australia Day Award recipients:



Ken Mills

South Burnett Citizen of the Year

Luca Campbell

South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year

Rotary Club of Kingaroy Inc

South Burnett Community Organisation

Claire Schultz

Mervyn Birch

John Scott

Peter Verbakel

South Burnett Lifetime Achievement

Eileen Joyce Beer

South Burnett Volunteer of the Year

Carolyn Dingle

South Burnett Cultural Award (Senior)

Julianna Evangelista

South Burnett Cultural Award (Junior)

Scott Collier

Jayde Novak

South Burnett Sportsperson of the Year (Senior)

Lachlan Zelinski

Nathan Roderick

South Burnett Sportsperson of the Year (Junior)

Sheree Prendergast

South Burnett Sportsperson of the Year (Coach/Official or Administrator)

Lachlan White

Local Achiever Award - Nanango

Diane Gatenby

Local Achiever Award - Kingaroy

Sonia McMahon

Local Achiever Award - Murgon

John Walden

Local Achiever Award - Hivesville/Proston

Brett McGlone

Local Achiever Award – Kumbia

Jayde Novak

Local Achiever Award – Wooroolin/Memerambi

Carol Weekes

Local Achiever Award – Maidenwell/Bunya Mountains

For further information regarding Australia Day in the South Burnett contact Council’s Executive Services team on 4189 9100 or email

Australia day 2022 winners for online honour board


Previous South Burnett Australia Day Award Winners

Want to step back in time? Access previous South Burnett Australia Day Award Winners below: