Tireless worker claims Burdekin’s top Australia Day Award

A tireless worker for the community and great humanitarian has been named Citizen of the Year at today’s Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said Robert Antoniazzi was a passionate volunteer in the Burdekin community.

“We are very fortunate to have people like Robert who are willing to give back to their community,” he said.

“Robert has been a member of the Ayr Rotary Club for the past 20 years and has been part of the Rotary Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange and the Youth Driver Awareness Program.

“He also helped instigate the Rotary Telephone Guide and the Rotary Community Raffle – two of the Ayr Rotary Club’s biggest fundraising initiatives.

“Other organisations which have benefitted from his help include Burdekin Toastmasters, Burdekin Community Association, Home Hill Choral Society, Burdekin Flexible Support Service, Burdekin Mental Health, Jarvisfield State Primary School Parents and Citizens Association and Cores Kentish Regional Clinic.”

Cr Lowis also congratulated two of the Shire’s youth, René Le Feuvre and William Webber, who were both named Young Citizen of the Year.

“René and William have made outstanding contributions to their school, Ayr State High, and the wider community with achievements of excellence across cultural, sporting and academic fields,” he said.

“It’s great to see such young community minded residents.”

Cr Lowis said the addition of new categories would ensure more of our community were recognised.

“This year we have added a Life Time Contribution Award, Excellence Award and Achievement Award to ensure these awards cover all aspects of community work,” he said.

“We are very fortunate to have so many community-minded people living in our region and I thank them all for taking the time to make our community a better place to live.

“I also thank all those who took the time to nominate people for these awards.

“There are so many in our community who work hard and don’t seek anything in return and it’s awards such as these that acknowledge their contribution to our community.”

The 2016 Burdekin Shire Council Australian Day Award winners are:

Citizen of the Year: Robert Antoniazzi

Young Citizens of the Year: René Le Feuvre and William Webber

Life Time Contribution: Joan Heatley

Community Event of the Year: Burdekin Junior Rugby League Club’s Shane Muspratt Cup

Excellence Award: Karen Healey

Achievement Award: Dot Jensen and Iris Dingle

Senior Cultural Award: Merle Turner

Junior Cultural Award: Taia Favale

Sports Administrator Award: Terry Lund

Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Frank Beer

Senior Sportsperson of the Year Achievement Award: Michael Littlefield

Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Emma Lawson

Junior Sportsperson of the Year Achievement Award: Adam Walton

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