Western Downs Regional Council Australia Day Awards 2020

Western Downs Regional Council Australia Day Awards 2020


I’m Ruth Storey and I live at Bell. I’m Zita Stark, I’m from Hungary and I live in Chinchilla. My name is Jason Erbacher and I live in Munduberra, Queensland. Lou Thornberry, I live in Tara. My name is Robin Derksen and I live in Miles. My name is Dean Russell and I live in Dalby. I was very lucky and honoured to get two awards. One was the Regional Citizen of the Year Award and the other one was the Citizen of the Year Award. I received the Local and the Regional Senior Cultural Award, mainly of the humble service of migrants. At first I wasn’t too sure about it, but then when I got to thinking, I thought, ‘It’s good for people to be recognised for what they do in the community.’ It was just all part of a big family, really. We’re all working for the same cause, so it was just a lovely little ceremony. I think they’re a great opportunity for our communities to recognise local people. I think sometimes in rural Queensland we have that thought that people can only be successful if they’re living in the big cities or on the coast. And it’s just not true. So I think the Awards are a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on local people who are doing really well in their field. Definitely. I’ve nominated past award winners and it’s just as exciting to see someone else’s face light up when they get to receive the appreciation that they deserve. Absolutely. I think the more people who are involved in an initiative like this, the better. Yes, definitely. Absolutely. I think if we nominate others we praise, if we praise we serve humanity, and it’s a happy place then to live in.

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