Australia Day Spirit Award winners announced

A SELECTION of some of the region's most inspiring residents has been recognised at the 2016 Australia Day Spirit Awards ceremony.

Mayor Mal Forman said it was a pleasure to present this year's winners with their well-deserved Australia Day Spirit Awards.

"These residents have been selected because of their contributions to our communities across the region," Cr Forman said.

"As a member of the selection panel, I must confess that while the task of selection was difficult, it was extremely inspiring to be able to read of the generosity, acts of kindness and deeds of excellence relating to the many people nominated in community and sporting categories.

"Across our region we are fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring people who simply go about providing invaluable service or achieving on the sporting field without any fanfare or desire to seek recognition.

"I am sure when you hear of their achievements you will be significantly impressed."

Cr Forman also took the opportunity to congratulate the many people who were nominated but were unsuccessful in gaining an award.

"The mere fact that someone is nominated demonstrates that their actions are highly regarded by people who know them and know of their contribution to the Bundaberg region.

"Thank you also to the many people who take the time to put a nomination on paper to enable us to recognise these champions within our community."

The Australia Day Award winners will be formally presented to the community as part of the Australia Day Celebrations in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens at the official welcome being held at 10am.



  • Business Spirit - Auswide Bank Ltd

Auswide Bank Ltd has made an outstanding contribution in 2015 to developing the local economy and promoting future business professionals and entrepreneurs in the
Bundaberg community.

Auswide Bank Ltd recently funded 10 scholarships at $5,000 per student to be distributed over the next three years. These scholarships are only available for study in Bundaberg.


  • Green Spirit - Impact Community Services Material Recover Facility

Impact Community Services manages Council's Materials Recovery Facility where all recycling is done by hand.

There are 27 workers with disabilities involved in this process and each week they recycle about 8000 tonnes of materials.


  • Sporting Spirit - Clinton Moore

Bundaberg-born international daredevil and freestyle motocross world champion Clinton Moore has taken Bundaberg to the world stage.

He has invented a new freestyle motocross body varial trick which he called "The Bundy" after his home town.

Clinton is currently travelling with Nitro Circus in Los Angeles which is a show that travels the world performing daring stunts.


  • Junior Sporting Spirit Indiana Anderson

Promising young equestrian Indiana Anderson is a member of the Queensland Young Riders group and has excelled in Dressage this year. Of course, her horse Mr Crescendo played a very big part in her success.

Indiana was a multi award winning rider this year and has won six Queensland State Dressage Titles.


  • Creative Spirit - Elements Art Group

This has been awarded to Elements Art group in recognition of an artistic journey that took 18 months and culminated with the "1 in 100" exhibition. An appropriate project held within the year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

The group decided to produce 100 portraits of 100 living Service men and women from our community and showcase this to the local community.


  • Junior Creative Spirit - Liam Pratt

Liam Pratt is a gifted musician and singer who also finds the time to indulge in the sport of Tae kwon do as well as treading the boards as a thespian.

Over the past 11 years he has made an enormous contribution to the Bundaberg region with his creative talents, huge devotion of time to music and his great dedication to mainly singing and playing the piano.

  • Liam started in music in year two, playing percussion on the drums and mallets.

Over the past nine years he has undertaken an amazing journey in music with his piano playing that has seen him multi-awarded at eisteddfods and become integral to the success of musical groups at Shalom College.


  • Community Event - Friendlies Cane2Coral Run/Walk

The sixth annual Friendlies Cane2Coral Run/Walk was again a great event in 2015, putting Bundaberg on the running calendar, promoting health and fitness for participants of all ages, providing a major economic boost to the community, and raising major funds for its nominated charities.

This year, there were around 2000 competitors from throughout Queensland and interstate and the event raised around $60,000 which is distributed to a large number of charitable organisations. This took the total which has been distributed from the event over the five years to around $330,000.


  • Community Spirit - Sherilee Ramm

Sherilee Ramm is a founding member of the Lighthouse Festival committee, serving as the organiser of the art show component of the festival since the inaugural year. Her enthusiasm and drive have been vital to the growth of the art exhibition, years since the first festival in 2010.

This year, Sherilee also took on the role of president, giving hundreds of hours to organising the event and ensuring no details were overlooked. She was a devoted and involved president who kept the small committee functioning, led her team well and ensured the festival's move into the evening was a success.


  • Junior Citizen of the Year - Madison Young

In her final year at Bundaberg State High School, Madison Young consistently achieved outstanding results in a range of sporting and academic fields.

Her expansive achievements include being School Captain; Senior Dux; winner of the Mayors Medal and Student of the Year.

Madison also found time to pursue sporting excellence as a highly awarded and qualified netball umpire.


  • Senior Citizen of the Year - Lester Barnard

Aunty Lester Barnard has given a lifetime of service not only to the Aboriginal community but also to the community at large up to national and state levels. She has done much to promote reconciliation, respect and recognition and better relationships between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all other citizens.

She has been a very hard working Chairperson of the Bundaberg Region Council of Elders Woorabar Inc, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Elders group which was formed to give the Elders a voice in the community and to offer cultural assistance to all.

Aunty Lester attends numerous school and or community events and meetings, providing leadership and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children, and promoting their organisation and what it does to the public.

She is also the highly respected Elder of Bundaberg State High School. In this capacity she attends many meetings and events and coordinates the school's
NAIDOC Week activities.


  • Citizen of the Year - Judith Manderson

The name Manderson certainly has a historic connection with the former Kolan Shire and Judith is a person of our time blessed with a pioneering spirit and a generous heart.

She has spent 10 years with the youth club, 52 years with the Gin Gin Pony Club, 21 years with the Gin Gin Scout Group, eight years with the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) Gin Gin Branch, 21 years with the Order of the Eastern Star, 15 years with the Gin Gin Show Society and 30 years with the Gin Gin and District Historical Society.

In all of these organisations, Judith has held a variety of executive positions and has assisted each organisation to gain and retain members.

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