Australia Day Awards

Who inspires you?

The Rockhampton Region Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievement and contribution of individuals and organisations in our Region. These awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who have made an extraordinary contribution or are an outstanding achiever. If you know of a person or community group dedicated to making the Rockhampton Region a better place, help us recognise their efforts and nominate them for a 2019 Rockhampton Region Australia Day Award.

Nominate now

Our online nomination form is fast and easy to use. Start filling out now and save your progress.

For those who want a physical form to write on you can collect a form from a Rockhampton Regional Council customer service centre or from a Rockhampton Regional Library. You can also download the paper form here, however we recommend our online application form for those with access to a computer.

 

Categories

Citizen of the Year

Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Rockhampton Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community in the past 12 months or over a number of years.

Young Citizen of the Year

Recognising young people who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Rockhampton Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community. 27 years or younger at 26 January 2019.

Sports Official of the Year

Recognising those who have an outstanding record of achievement through their involvement within their club, organisation or committee in an executive position.

Sportsperson of the Year

Recognising those who have an outstanding record of achievement in sport for the past 12 months.

Cultural Award

In recognition of those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the cultural life of the community or an outstanding achievement in an arts or cultural activity.

Community Service Award

In recognition of individuals who have made a noteworthy contribution to the community or enhanced social interaction among the community through their involvement with community groups, charity organisations or similar.

Community Initiative

Recognising individuals, informal groups or formal organisations who have made a significant and beneficial contribution to the wellbeing or liveability of the Rockhampton Region through projects, activities or events in the past 12 months.

Conditions of Entry

  1. The nominee MUST reside within the local government boundary of Rockhampton Regional Council.
  2. Nominees must be an Australian Citizen.
  3. Nominations for the Rockhampton Region Australia Day Awards 2018 must be received by 5pm Friday 14 December 2018.
  4. Entrants in all individual categories automatically qualify for nomination to the Citizen of the Year or Young Citizen of the Year Award. Entrants may also be nominated in more than one category.
  5. A previous recipient of any award will not be eligible to win that same award for a period of five years.
  6. Nominations are to include as much detail about the nominee as possible, as this is the only information that judges will use to assess nominations.
  7. Please do not send originals of supporting documentation, as all documentation will be retained by Rockhampton Regional Council.
  8. Nominees must be notified of your intent to nominate them for an award.
  9. Rockhampton Regional Council employees and their families are eligible to apply for the awards.
  10. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Previous Winners

The previous recipient of any award will not be eligible to win that same award for a period of five (5) years.

2018

Citizen of the Year
Frank Douglas

Young Citizen of the Year
James Lawson

Community Initiative Award
Joy Symons

Community Event Award
Joint Rockhampton Rowing Committee

Community Service Award
Alan Titman

Cultural Award
Julie Ann Layt

Sportsperson of the Year
Paul Christensen

2017

Citizen of the Year
Shirley Shannon

Young Citizen of the Year
Alexander ‘Sasha’ Belonogoff

Community Initiative Award
Library Technology Centre Computer Training Team

Community Service Award
Erlinda Esguerra

Cultural Award
Susan Earle

Sportsperson of the Year
Peter Harth

2016

Citizen of the Year
Denis O’Driscoll

Young Citizen of the Year
Madison Dyer

Community Service Award
Rockhampton SES and Sue Davidson

Community Event/Initiative Award
Jessica and Kylie Drew (Luna Markets) and Rodney Dare (Powerkids)

Cultural Award
Patricia Thompson

Sportsperson of the Year
Daniel Withers

2015

Citizen of the Year
Carl Burgoyne                             

Young Citizen of the Year
Chay Conaglen

Community Service Award
Raelene Ensby               

Community Event/Initiative Award
Tanya Wooley & Kerryanne Pederick

Cultural Award
Pat McKenna                         

Sportsperson of the Year
Alex Reid

2014

Citizen of the Year
Robert Chippendale

Young Citizen of the Year
Ben Bowes

Sportsperson of the Year
Kyle Anderson

Cultural Award
Wasantha Mudannayake

Community Service Award (Individual)
Colin Weeks

Community Service Award (Organisation)
Rockhampton Police Citizens Youth Club

2013

Citizen of the Year
Geoff Murphy

Young Citizen of the Year
Clarence Mitchell

Sportsperson of the Year
Joseph Rudolph

Young Sportsperson of the Year
(two awards given) Douglas Buckley, Blake Rutherford

Cultural Award
Annie and Keith Hare

Community Service Award
(two awards given)
Diana and Clyde Wode, John Millroy

2012

(Awards given based on locality)
Citizen of the Year
Merle Cole

Young Citizen of the Year
Lucy Boyd

Senior Sportsperson of the Year
Clifford Gormley, Dean Rodgers, Michael Oxley, Neville Bowles

Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Dahlas Rogers, Lana Rogers, Stephen Cooper, Sam Boon

Cultural Award
Merilyn Luck, Carolyn Stock, Pauline Colvin

Community Service Award
Cheryl Smith, Remy Conway, Rhodes Watson

Community Service Special Commendation
Garrett Wells