Burdekin Citizen recognised for decades of volunteer work

Burdekin Shire Council has named community stalwart Alfred Shand as its Citizen of the Year for his tireless volunteer work spanning half a century.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Mr Shand had been Treasurer of the Home Hill Boat Club for more than 50 years and has rarely missed a meeting, working bee or social event.

“He has made a remarkable contribution to not only the Home Hill Boat Club, but the township of Groper Creek itself, through his incredible efforts over many decades,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin said Mr Shand was also a founding member of the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists when it formed in 1984 and has held the position of Treasurer ever since.

“Mr Shand has worked tirelessly to preserve the farming history of the Burdekin through the Machinery Preservationists and has been responsible for obtaining several grants for buildings and projects the club has entered into,” she said.

“He is a foundation member of the Burdekin Trailer Yacht Club, which he has been involved with since the club’s inception in the early 1980s. Still the current Treasurer, he has been the backbone of the club, having applied for numerous community grants to bolster club facilities.

“A parishioner of St Helen’s Anglican Church for all his life, Mr Shand has served on the Parish Council and as Church Ward, Synod representative and lay minister.”

The Young Citizen of the Year is Sarah McDonnell, an active and passionate member of the community who has been enthusiastically involved in the Burdekin Shire Youth Council, Burdekin PCYC Management Team and Interact, the school based club aligned with Rotary.

Her other achievements include fundraising for Relay for Life and the Red Shield Appeal, performing as a dancer in the Burdekin Singers production of Phantom of the Opera and taking part in the JCU Young Diplomat Program as a researcher and team member.

“Sarah is an inspiration to the Burdekin community,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Sarah has participated in the Rostrum – Voice of Youth Program since 2015, she often volunteers her time to assist at chaplains’ school breakfasts and in 2017 she was selected to participate in the prestigious STEM Girls Power Camp Program at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.”

Cr McLaughlin thanked the community’s volunteers for their efforts.

“Each year at the Burdekin Shire Australia Day celebrations, we are presented with an insight into the many great achievements of local residents,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“What makes the Burdekin such a wonderful place to live is our extraordinary community.

“We are innovative and industrious with strong public participation. The fact that we boast over 80 volunteer, sport, recreational and community groups in our Shire is a testament to this.”

One new citizen was also welcomed to the Burdekin community – Mrs Maria Jelinekova.

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2018 Burdekin Shire Australia Day Awards Winners

Citizen of the Year – Alfred Shand

Young Citizen of the Year – Sarah McDonnell

Young Citizen of the Year (Achievement) – Mathew Trenfield

Life Time Contribution Award – Les Wellington

Community Event of the Year – 2017 Fast Track Talent Showcase

Senior Cultural Award – Mickey McKellar

Junior Cultural Award – Alysse Contzonis and Kelsy Rye

Senior Environment Award – Gary and Angela Spotswood

Excellence Award – John Furnell

Excellence Award (Achievement) – Alex Lawson

Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Sonya Lampton

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Luke McNee

Junior Sportsperson (Achievement) – Nikita Wallis

Sports Administrator – Cara Trindle

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