Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards nominees announced

REPRESENT: Last year Riley Day took home the Healthy and Active Sports Award and this year it is her friend Caitlyn's turn, nominated for making an outstanding contribution to the community. .Photo: Larraine Sathicq
REPRESENT: Last year Riley Day took home the Healthy and Active Sports Award and this year it is her friend Caitlyn's turn, nominated for making an outstanding contribution to the community. .Photo: Larraine Sathicq

COUNCIL has issued an open invitation to its 2019 Australia Day Awards to be presented in conjunction with a citizenship ceremony on Thursday January 24.

The awards will celebrate the community champions and quiet achievers who make the Scenic Rim such a great place to live.

The citizenship ceremony will officially welcome our newest Australians to the region and marks 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law.

Scenic Rim Acting Mayor Rick Stanfield said the 2019 Australia Day Awards would recognise the significant contributions of community groups and citizens.

"This is about shining a spotlight on those who so often work behind the scenes without reward or recognition," he said.

"It's one night of the year to thank our community champions and the quiet achievers whose year-round contribution to their communities makes this such a great part of Australia."

The event begins at 5pm for a 5.30pm start at The Centre Beaudesert and includes light refreshments and entertainment by guitarist Greg Copeland and local bush poet Nerelie Teese with an appearance by Australia Day Ambassador, entrepreneur Steve Baxter, best known for his Shark Tank Australia role.

AWARDED: Last year Bren Dalby and Keer Moriarty accepted the Community Event of the Year Award for Turning Canungra Pink.

AWARDED: Last year Bren Dalby and Keer Moriarty accepted the Community Event of the Year Award for Turning Canungra Pink.

Cr Stanfield said that new citizens taking their pledge would receive a special Commemorative 70th Anniversary coin.

"It was only on Australia Day 1949 that the concept of Australian citizenship came into being.

“On January 26 that year, the Nationality and Citizenship Act of 1948 took effect, introducing a unique national identity for Australians beyond their previous status as British subjects," he said.

Those wishing to attend the Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony have only until January 18 to RSVP by phone on 5540 5399 or email events@scenicrim.qld.gov.au

The 2019 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards nominees.

Community event of 2018

For the individual, group or organisation which has staged the most outstanding community event in the 12 months to November 30, 2018

  • Light Up Beaudesert
  • Canungra Sports and Recreation Grounds Turns 100 

Citizen of the Year (16-30 Years)

For an exceptional young person aged between 16 and 30 making an outstanding contribution to the community. 

  • Miss Laura Ross, Tamborine Mountain
  • Miss Caitlyn Hester, Allenview
  • Miss Kodi Sawtell, Coochin

Citizen of the Year (31-65 Years)

For someone aged 31 to 65 who has been an inspirational role model over a number of years

  • Mrs Christine Crowther, Roadvale
  • Ms Erin Quinlan, Beaudesert 
  • Mr Nigel Allsopp, Canungra
  • Ms Keer Moriarty, Canungra
  • Ms Caroline Andrew, Canungra

Citizen of the Year (65+ Years)

For an inspirational person aged 65 and over who continues to provide outstanding service to the Scenic Rim community and presents a positive image of ageing. 

  • Mr Maurie Hansell, Beechmont 
  • Mrs June Herbohn, Gleneagle
  • Mrs Margaret Manthey, Beaudesert
  • Ms Jeanette Lockey, Tamborine Mountain
  • Mr Keith Cogzell, Ferny Glen