Friday, February 9, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Australia Day Award Winners

Junior Sportsperson Award – Lillian Kelly

Known for her work ethic, sporting prowess and academic excellence, Lillian is a powerhouse on the court, having travelled internationally to pursue her volleyball career. She excels with positive sportsmanship and is a dedicated player. This Proserpine State High School student was selected for the 2023 Australian Club U16 national volleyball team which is a testament to her dedication and skill. Lillian not only excels in sports but also maintains high standards academically, embodying excellence both on and off the field.

Environmental Achievement Award – Whitsunday Conservation Council

Providing invaluable conservation advocation and commitment to preserving the natural flora and fauna of the Whitsundays, the Whitsunday Conservation Council has been acknowledged for their efforts since starting the group in 2020. Operated mainly by volunteers, the Whitsunday Conservation Council boasts a supporter base of over 1500 individuals. Their focus is on education, information, and community involvement, this is evidenced through initiatives like free guided nature walks, monthly green drinks with guest speakers, educational market and school stalls.

Arts & Cultural Award – Gleezus: Teen Rock Band

The gale force winds of teen rockers, Gleezus, has taken the region by storm this year.

A sought-after act for every event, this band of four Bowen State High School students has continued to excel and promote themselves and their music. Having won accolades at events such as Foothills Youth Music Competition at the Townsville Folk Festival, and Young Whitsundays Got Talent, Gleezus has excelled and impressed all in their audience, and become a leading light for arts and culture in the region.

Collinsville Citizen of the Year - Kimberley Oliver

A single mother, Kimberley is always one to put her hand up to help. Becoming a Collinsville Lion five years ago, Kimmy became President after one year, making her one of the youngest presidents in Queensland. An active role in Collinsville, Kimmy and the Lions are always selling raffle tickets and seen in public, assisting at events and community organisations.

Collinsville Young Citizen of the Year - Sarah Wilson

An avid dancer and strong student, Sarah has continued to play an influential role in Collinsville, being Vice-President of Collinsville State High School’s Student Council in 2023 and completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care during her final two schooling years. Sarah impresses with her sense of responsibility and drive to succeed. This is particularly seen in the dedication and commitment she demonstrates in supporting young people in the community.

Other Collinsville Winners

Young Sports Award - Cooper Groocock

Senior Sports Award - Almeroe de Nysschen.

Environmental Achievement Award - Collinsville Youth Coaltion - National Tree Day

Collinsville/Scottville Volunteer of the Year Award - Raymond Wallace

Community Event of the Year - QCWA Collinsville Branch – “Do it for Dolly” Day

Arts & Cultural Event of the Year - Scottville State School – “NAIDOC week” Event

Lillian Kelly awarded Junior Sportsperson Award

Whitsunday Conservation Council awarded Environmental Achievement Award

Gleezus awarded Arts & Culture Award. Photos: R Jean Photography

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