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Reflect, respect and celebrate the spirit of community on Australia Day 2023.  We’re all part of the story.

Australia Day Awards are the highest honour the North Burnett Regional Council have the privilege of presenting.  Nominated by their peers, the nominees are inspirational and generous community members who contribute their time, effort and skills to the betterment of their communities.

This year’s awards winners will be announced at our Regional Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in Eidsvold on Thursday 26 January 2023.

The 2023 award categories include a Local Legend Award, presented to one person in each community of Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mundubbera and Mount Perry. The Regional Awards categories are: North Burnett Citizen of the Year, North Burnett Young Citizen of the Year, North Burnett Volunteer of the Year, North Burnett Community Organisation of the Year, North Burnett Cultural Award, North Burnett Sportsperson of the Year and North Burnett Service to Sport.

Our nominees across all award categories and towns include (and in no particular order):

Adrian Brady, Allan Cowburn, Bella Southern, Biggenden PCYC Emergency Service Cadets, Bonnie Trevanion, Colleen and Jim Cunliffe, Doug McIver, Eidsvold State School, Estelle Hawkins, Flynn Townsend, Geoff Price, Grace Roth, Irene Duda, Jake Dingle, Janette O’Sullivan, Jenny and Kel Forsyth, Joan Weller, Kaiden Ratcliff, Keith Wrench, Krystal Geddes, Leanne Harvey, Lillian Hagan, Melinda Jones, Melinda Thorburn, Michael Goebel, Monto ADRA Op Shop, Monto Art Group Inc, Monto Garden Club, Monto Performing Arts, Monto Rugby League Football Club, Mundubbera Enterprise Association, Mungungo Sports and Recreation Club Inc, Nadia Campbell, New Life Centre Mundubbera, Patricia Smith, Raine Eastcott,  Robert Stringer, Ronica Davey, Samuel Sippel, Selina Druery, Shirley Gitsham, Toby and Cassie Worley,  Viv Hutchinson and Yvonne Chapman.

“The North Burnett is home to many great people and this year’s nominees are inspirational and great examples of our valued community ambassadors.  Congratulations to all of our nominees. You are all great representatives of your communities and region, and I thank you for your contributions,” Mayor Hotz said.

This Australia Day, gather with friends, family and community to reflect, respect and celebrate our award nominees and recipients in Eidsvold on Australia Day. Event details are:

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023

8:00am: Breakfast and live music

9:00am: Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

10:15am – 12 noon: Live music and entertainment


Eidsvold Showgrounds

23793 Burnett Highway

Eidsvold Qld 4627


The Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be broadcast live on Council’s Facebook page from 9:00am. The live stream broadcast enables community members who are unable to attend the regional ceremony in person, to experience the traditional ceremony from the comfort of your home and to share in celebrating with our new citizens and award winners. A recording and also photos of the ceremony and festivities will be available after the event on Council’s website.

For further information please contact Council on 1300 696 272, email or visit North Burnett Regional Council – Australia Day

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