The Burdekin Shire Council has praised the community for nominating 38 residents for an Australia Day Award.
Mayor Bill Lowis said it was the biggest number of nominations for the awards for a number of years.
“We have had a fantastic response this year from the Burdekin community,” he said.
“These awards are the community’s chance to thank our volunteers and those who are doing well in their chosen fields, whether in sport or arts.
“This year will see 12 residents acknowledged for their achievements and contributions to the community.”
Cr Lowis said there would also be a naturalisation ceremony as part of the Australia Day celebrations on Saturday morning.
“Australia Day is a special day for all Australians to come together and celebrate our community and what we love about the country we call home,” he said.
“It’s particularly momentous occasion for the two residents choosing to become Australian citizens,” he said.
The celebrations will be held at the Burdekin Theatre from 9.30am on Saturday. Entertainment will be provided by the Rhythm Edge Dance Studios, the Burdekin Singers, Home Hill Choral Society, Burdekin South Sea Islander Organisation and Steven and Rosanne Scuderi. There also will be the cutting of the Australia Day cake.
The Australian Day awards will include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Junior and Senior Cultural Awards, Junior and Senior Sports Awards, Sports Administrator Award and Community Event of the Year.
The ceremony will conclude with complimentary morning tea and serving of the Australia Day cake in the theatre foyer. Wunjunga residents Bill and Betty Lucas will also have their freshly made damper on offer.
People wanting to attend the festivities can buy a $3 entry ticket from the Burdekin Theatre, Burdekin Library in Home Hill or at the door.