Thursday, February 1, 2024
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
2024 ISAAC REGION CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
This award recognises outstanding members of the community for their personal endeavours, achievements and community input.
The 2024 winner, Amanda Raymond, is an absolute community superstar – local nurse and volunteer extraordinaire on the local and regional arts and culture scene.
She’s a major supporter of many events around the region through her ties with Moranbah Arts and works in collaboration with Dysart Arts Inc and Clermont Artslink.
The theatrical champion, who was among a team that brought together Grease in 2023, also volunteers her time to Girl Guides in Moranbah and Dysart.
She is also a long serving member of the Isaac Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee.
2024 ISAAC REGION YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
This major Australia Day award recognises young citizens for their personal endeavours, achievements and community input.
Ciara, 17, is one of the most highly decorated female youth boxers in Queensland and in Australia for her prowess, determination, and passion in the ring.
The NQ Junior Sportstar of the Year also uses her boxing expertise and shares her knowledge and skills as the head coach of the Little Diggers Program at her homebase – the DIG DEEP competitive Boxing.
Her dedication, hard work, and sheer commitment to the sport she loves, and her community is undeniable, and it is evident in her achievements in and out of the ring.
Ciara shows incredible resilience, strength, and extreme courage to channel her brother’s grief into more determination than ever to chase after her dreams.
2024 COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
Clermont Wombat Festival
The Clermont Wombat Festival which has been running for two years is proudly run by Clermont Artslink.
This festival brings the community together, educating us on the plight of our Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombats and awakening our creativity.
Make sure you support this event in May! This is the Isaac region’s next biggest tourism drawcard.
This award is presented to the most outstanding community event during the year. The event had to involve and must be a significant contribution to the Isaac Region’s community.
2024 CORPORATE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR
BarraCrab Caravan Park
This Clairview business has single handedly boosted tourism and the local economy not only with its views but the annual Easter Fishing Competition, attracting anglers across Queensland.
This event is growing in popularity in fishing family circles every year with a range of kid's games, Easter hunts, a movie night, prizes, live music and even a barbecue.
BarraCrab Caravan Park is also at the home of the Isaac region’s dugong sanctuary where many learn and appreciate beachfront living and the natural environment in a community-minded spot.
This award recognises both large corporations operating in Isaac region and/or small to medium enterprises for significant events and/or initiatives which better the community.
2024 SPIRIT OF ISAAC
Moranbah Carols by Candlelight
This award recognises individuals or groups who embody the Pure People Power which drive the communities of the Isaac Region. It is awarded at the discretion of Council and may not be presented annually.
Congratulations to the organising committee, the volunteers, and the local talent for putting together arguably the biggest free event in Isaac, attracting more than 4,000 people, the Carols by Candlelight.
Events like these bring the community together to celebrate not only Christmas but the Isaac spirit.
2024 MAYOR’S AWARD WINNERS
The Mayor’s award recognises individuals or groups who embody the Pure People Power which drive the communities of the Isaac Region. The winners are selected at the Mayor’s discretion from among the nominees in each community.
Anne Meehan of Middlemount
Tony Mill of St Lawrence
Patrice Brown of Dysart
Ruth Brown of Clermont
Debbie Bromley of Nebo
Mark Hare of Glenden
Jarrid Kennedy of Moranbah