Australia Day Awards
A special Australia Day Awards ceremony was held in Buderim to celebrate the outstanding achievements of locals who are making a difference to the community.
The 86 award nominees were put forward by members of the community. The winners were selected by a panel of local leaders and industry experts.
2015 award winners
Citizen of the Year sponsored by Seven Local News
Chris Turner (nominated by Rachael Witton)
- Has over 20 years’ experience in social research, child, youth and family work.
- Founder of SunnyKids and Read2Remember.
- Committed and dedicated to helping people reach their full potential.
- Personally recognised as the AIM Sunshine Coast Not for Profit Manager of the Year.
- Lead the Strategic Plan to identify SunnyKid's vision, mission, values and goals for Children and Young People, Families and the how these contribute to the Sunshine Coast Community.
Senior Citizen of the Year sponsored by Maroochy RSL
Prudence Cawley (nominated by Noel Williams)
- Dedicated to helping others and serving her community.
- Pursued a career in nursing and after retiring 12 years ago has displayed untiring efforts to enhance the community of Buderim.
- Prue has been a member of:
- Buderim War Memorial Community Association
- Buderim Old Post Office
- Welcome to Buderim Committee
- Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group
- Buderim Historical Society and its Pioneer Cottage.
- In her efforts to support these groups she has:
- applied for government funding
- run community fundraising initiatives
- education, recreational, and historical programs.
Young Citizen of the Year sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast
Sarah Morcom (nominated by Julie Pozolli)
- Exemplary student who has contributed her time to multiple community, sporting and cultural activities.
- Fundraised for humanitarian trips to Cambodia and Laos.
- Selected for the youth science forum in South Africa.
- Actively volunteers her spare time to working with the Smith Family and local surf club.
- Won multiple awards including:
- Long Tan Award for Leadership and Resourcefulness
- Order of Australia – Certificate of Community Service
- Represented her school at events such as ANZAC Day Ceremonies and the Women’s Leadership High Tea for Zonta International Women’s Day.
Community - group or organisation sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily
Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Sunshine Coast (nominated by Marty Hunt)
For over 40 years this group has:
- Demonstrated outstanding success in developing and maintaining strong relationships with The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Nambour and surrounds.
- Encouraged and supported cultural continuity and awareness of the local indigenous population whilst focussing on services to young, vulnerable people at risk through:
- community engagement programs.
Sport and Recreation sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation
Julie Templeton (nominated by David Morris)
- Much respected core member of the Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled Association.
- Through her Carriage Driving Coaching has been invited to be a representative for Riding for the Disabled Australia.
- Voluntary coaching sessions are structured to ensure all achieve a safe, fun, and encouraging lesson.
- Works towards providing opportunities:
- for those with a disability to engage in horse-related activities
- developing, supporting, guiding and mentoring other volunteers who wish to get their coaching accreditation in Carriage Driving.
Creative sponsored by TAFE Queensland East Coast
Ferre De Deyne (nominated by Tony Gill)
- Committed supporter of the creative industries on the Sunshine Coast, particularly the visual arts.
- Public face of the De Deyne – Proost family and has supported the local creative arts industry through:
- personal effort
- Supported the development of the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery, Sunshine Coast Art Prize and awareness of Indigenous art and culture.
Environment sponsored by Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast
Derek Foster (nominated by Maroochy Wetlands / John Tucker)
- Advocate for the protection and conservation of Coastal waterways.
- Displayed a tremendous level of leadership via:
- Maroochy Wetlands
- Sunshine Coast Marine Group
- Bilai Environmental Centre
- Maroochy Waterwatch
- Maroochy River Catchment Network
- Mary River Renewal project.
- Works internationally in Asia where he worked on tsunami recovery efforts.
Reef Check Australia (nominated by Jodi Salmond)
- Engages the community in hands-on citizen science and education initiatives.
- Helps volunteers take an active role in appreciating, understanding and protecting their local reef resources.
- Helped to:
- build citizen science capacity
- collect meaningful reef health data
- implement collaborative conservation projects
- inspire reef appreciation
- empower local stewards of the marine environment.
Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the awards.
The Australia Day Awards 2016 nominations open 1 September 2015.