Burdekin resident Patricia Nuttall was announced as the Shire’s 2013 Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day celebrations in Ayr today.
Mrs Nuttall was one of 13 residents recognised for the their community spirit at the award ceremony.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Mrs Nuttall had been involved in basketball, the Antioch Youth Group and Burdekin Singers and Theatre for many decades.
“She has given tirelessly of her time, energy and creative talents over several decades to continually direct and produce shows for the Burdekin Singers and Theatre of an incredibly high standard,” he said.
“She is committed to the success of other people and empowers them through many different channels.
“She has dedicated her life to others and the consideration of others’ achievements, this is what makes a truly great citizen.”
Two young residents shared the title of 2013 Young Citizen of the Year – Joshua Great and Brianne Rossato.
Cr Lowis said Joshua and Brianne had been nominated for their outstanding contribution to the local community through their involvement in school, sporting, cultural and community activities.
“The future of the Burdekin is in safe hands when you see young people, such as Joshua and Brianne, giving so much to the community,” he said.
“We have a wealth of community minded people in our region and I congratulate them all for the time and dedication they put into their various organisations.”
The Burdekin also welcomed two new citizens at the celebrations with the naturalisation of siblings Robyn and Bruce Maddison who have moved to the Shire from South Africa.
Burdekin 2013 Australia Day Award Recipients
Australia Day Citizen of the Year
Winner Patricia Nuttall Achievement Award Lorna Hogenelst
Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year
Winner Joshua Great and Brianne Rossato Achievement Award Brittany Falco
Australia Day Community Event of the Year
Winner Sacred Heart Parish 2012 Centenary Celebrations
Australia Day Senior Cultural Award
Winner Monica Licciardello
Australia Day Junior Cultural Award
Winner Reece D’Alessandro Achievement Award Shannyn Pattinson
Sports Administrator Award
Winner Karina Johnson
Senior Sports Person of the Year
Winner Michelle Scott
Junior Sports Person of the Year
Winner Jarrod Langford Achievement Award Jack Brock and Kurt Perry