2024 Australia Day Awards Honor Local Champions

Western Downs Regional Council

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Seventeen outstanding individuals and community organisations have been recognised for their efforts as part of Western Downs Regional Council's prestigious Local Australia Day Awards.

In the leadup to the region's Australia Day celebrations, Western Downs Regional Council has revealed this year's Local Awards recipients, acknowledging the amazing achievements of residents across four key categories.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the Awards were about recognising excellence in our local towns in the areas of sport, creative arts, volunteering, and community organisations.

"Our region is made up of so many incredible community groups and individuals who work tirelessly to strengthen ties and bolster community spirit throughout the year and these Awards are about shining a light on these wonderful people and letting them know how much we value their efforts," Cr McVeigh said.

"In 2024 we have 17 individuals and organisations receiving special recognition in the areas of creative arts, sports, or through an outstanding effort as a volunteer or community group, and the stories shared through the nominations process have been incredible.

"It's also important to thank everyone who put forward a nomination for these Awards because without you, these amazing people would not receive the acknowledgement they deserve.

"It's the people that make it on the Western Downs, and we are so excited to publicly recognise these unsung community legends as part of our Australia Day festivities on Friday 26 January.

"This is a special time to come together and reflect on the many great things about being an Australian, and I encourage everyone to head to their local event and be a part of our active, vibrant community."

2024 Australia Day Awards - Local Award Winners

Local Volunteer of the Year

Chinchilla & District - Noel Deacon

Dalby & District - Leith Tebbit

Miles & District - Yvonne McMahon

Tara & District - Judith Bridge

Wandoan & District - Tessa Ives

Local Creative Arts Award

Chinchilla & District - Danica McGrath

Miles & District - Darryn Campbell

Local Community Organisation Achievement Award

Chinchilla & District - Chinchilla Touch Association Inc.

Dalby & District - Dalby Filipino-Australian Community Association

Jandowae & District - Bell Race Club

Wandoan & District - Wandoan Community Commerce & Industry

Local Sports Award

Chinchilla & District - Kyle Hindle

Dalby & District - Monique Smith

Jandowae & District - Lara Coombe

Miles & District - Mackensie Patch

Tara & District - Tilly Austin

Wandoan & District - Mitchell Symes

The Regional Citizen of the Year and Young Regional Citizen of the Year will be revealed on 26th January.

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