Scenic Rim stalwarts honoured with Australia Day awards

ON TOP: Jodie Gnech receives the Citizen of the Year award (31yrs - 65yrs) from Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen.
ON TOP: Jodie Gnech receives the Citizen of the Year award (31yrs - 65yrs) from Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen.

SCENIC Rim stalwarts were honoured for their contribution in the community at the Australia Day awards.

Mayor Greg Christensen recognised 16 residents and awarded five for courage, community engagement and going above and beyond during tough times.

Christian Cullen, 13 received a bravery award for saving the life of his friend who had fallen from a cliff at the end of Beacon Road, Tamborine Mountain in March last year.

The Citizen of the Year was awarded to Jodie Gnech. She has lead the Boonah Girl Guides during the past 15 years, which has seen guiding grow in the area due to her commitment and enthusiasm.

Judy Day picked up the Citizen of the Year award (over 65 years) for serving the Beaudesert community for more than 40 years.

The prestigious Mayors Award went to former Town Crier John Deeks and Allan Rosser who has been part of the Tamborine Mountain community for 95 years.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a phenomenal number of Queenslanders had been recognised for memorable contributions to the state and nation.

Former Greenbank RSL sub-branch president Gary Aldridge was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the general division, for services to war veterans and their families.

Tamborine Mountain doctor John Youngman has been recognised for services to medicine and medical administration.