Australia Day Awards

The 2019 Australia Day Awards recognised Rockhampton Regional Councils unsung heroes. The awards paid tribute to the special people in our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and contribute to the regions diverse, friendly and strong community.

2019 Winners

Citizen of the Year
Errol Payne

Young Citizen of the Year
Blake Moore

Community Event/Initiative Award
Cassandra Donald and Jenny Wayman

Community Service Award
Graham and Beth Hubbert

Sports Official of the Year Award
Barbara Knowles

Sportsperson of the Year Award
Kaleb Christensen

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

Previous Winners

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