Citizens honoured with awards
SOME of the Bundaberg region's brightest and most inspirational community members were thanked for tireless efforts yesterday at Australia Day awards ceremonies.
Roslyn Turner was raised to get in and help where help was needed and it was that attitude that yesterday saw her named Bundaberg's Citizen of the Year.
The 67-year-old Kepnock woman moved to town in 2002 and has worked tirelessly with Neighbourhood Watch and the Queensland Police Service ever since.
"I moved into a Neighbourhood Watch area and I became the block co-ordinator," Mrs Turner said.
"I went to the police station to get my ID done and a police volunteer was doing it.
"I had never heard of Volunteers in Policing and I thought yep - that's for me."
Mrs Turner soon became heavily involved with her police volunteering position, doing whatever is needed.
"Every day is different," she said.
"At the moment I'm on a speaking circuit where I go to clubs and talk about identity fraud, I did a letter drop in hot spot crime areas - I do whatever needs to be done."
Mrs Turner, a mother of two and grandmother of six, got the happy news about winning the award on her birthday last month.
"I was raised that if you see a need, you get in and do it," she said. "You don't expect these awards but it's nice to receive them and know that you're appreciated.
"I'm sure there's people more qualified for this award than I am."
Jackie Habermann was named as Bundaberg's Senior Citizen of the Year for her tireless efforts teaching religious education in local schools five times a week for the past 38 years.
The humble 76-year-old said when she first found out about her nomination, she thought of declining but before she could, she found she had won the award.
"It's a very beautiful thing to win but being the type of person I am, I don't look for those types of tributes," she said. "I teach religious education in state schools and I emphasise to keep encouraging one another."
Seven residents of the North Burnett were also recipients of Citizen of the Year Australia Day awards. Lee-anne Hebblewhite took out Biggenden's top honour, Peter and Berenice Anderson in Eidsvold, Don Emmerton in Gayndah, Beryl Bleys in Monto, Arthur Dingle in Mt Perry and Mundubbera's Roslyn Berthelsen.