Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
In keeping with tradition, the Collinsville community gathered together for their Australia Day Breakfast and Awards Ceremony and, with over 200 people in attendance, the event was a lively affair fuelled by a delicious hot breakky served by the Lions Club.
Mayor Julie Hall, Member for Burdekin Dale Last, Councillors Michelle Wright, Jan Clifford and Clay Bauman were all in attendance on the day.
Award winners on the day included: Citizen of the Year Graham Smith, Young Citizen of the Year Jack Groocock, Community Event of the Year Springlands Campdraft Association, Young Sports Award Rilee Mackie, Senior Sports Award Gregory Fuller, Environmental Achievement Award Carol Cosentino and Volunteer of the Year Award Christine Pennay.
The Awards Breakfast was a free community event open to award nominees, their families and members of the general public.
This year Council voted to unite other Australia Day regional events but Collinsville was permitted to continue with a standalone celebration.
Collinsville Community Centre Association coordinator and MC for the day, Shayne Crump, said that they were thrilled to host another successful event and glad that it was able to remain in Collinsville.
“It’s very important for our community because we are further away from the more populous areas,” he said.
“Recognising local people locally is very important to us.”
Following the breakfast, additional Australia Day celebrations took place across town.
The Pit Pony Tavern hosted the annual Truck Pull Competition, the Workers Club organised toad and crab races, and the children enjoyed bouncy castles and face painting.
1: L-R Cr Clay Bauman, Cr Michelle Wright, Member for Burdekin Dale Last and Mayor Julie Hall enjoying the Australia Day Breakfast in Collinsville
2: Mayor Julie Hall cuts the cake with Citizen of the Year Graham Smith
3: Cr Michelle Wright, Collinsville Community Centre Association (CCA) coordinator and MC for the day, Shayne Crump and President of the CCA Committee Diane Watts
4: The delicious cake from the Collinsville Bakehouse was a hit with the kids. Photos supplied