The driving force behind the Burdekin Men’s Shed Association, Charles Ford, was named Citizen of the Year at the Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards today.
Mr Ford has been involved in many organisations in the Burdekin including Clare Apex, Clare Amateur Anglers, Soccer and Tennis Clubs, the Burdekin Special School, Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged, Burdekin Community Association, Burdekin Woodcrafts Association, Burdekin Mental Health Foundation and Burdekin Be Active Advisory Committee. In 2012 he was awarded Life Membership to the Probus Club of the Burdekin Shire and awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Rotary Club of Ayr in appreciation of his voluntary commitment to the local community.
Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said Mr Ford was a deserving recipient of the Citizen of the Year award and congratulated him on his community spirit.
“It’s people like Charles that make the Burdekin the great place that it is,” he said.
“He was the driving force behind the Burdekin Men’s Shed Association and it was his determined efforts in getting grants that made sure this group got up and going for the men of our Shire.”
Cr Lowis thanked all the nominees and recipients for their willingness to give back to the Burdekin community.
“The Burdekin is lucky to have such a wealth of community-minded people and I thank them all for taking the time to make our community a better place to live,” he said.
Other winners at the Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards are:
2014 Young Citizen of the Year – Alicia Kirk
2014 Community Event of the Year – Burdekin Cruisers Car Club Tenth Annual Auto Festival
2014 Senior Cultural Award – Allana Barbagallo
2014 Junior Cultural Award – Amaia Licciardello
2014 Sports Administrator Award– Steve Sunderland
2014 Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Brianne Rossato
2014 Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Alicia Kirk