Locals receive recognition on Australia Day

Bowen Awards Presentation

Mayor Whitney presenting awards at the Bowen PCYC

One of the highlights of the Australia Day ceremonies in the Whitsunday region is seeing locals rewarded for their contributions to the community.

Mayor Jenny Whitney gave out the awards to the deserving recipients in three separate ceremonies in Collinsville, Bowen and Proserpine.

Each winner earned their prize through hard work and dedication to help make the community a better place through selfless sacrifice.

“The Awards are a gratifying part of Australia Day, each year allowing us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Whitsunday citizens,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Our award winners come from all walks of life and have excelled in different areas, but they all share a common commitment to the local community and represent excellence in our region.”

During the events there were over 30 new Australian citizens welcomed to the country as they read the affirmation in front of their family and friends.

Here is a full list of award winners in each of the venues.


Citizen of the Year – Lorna Simpson

Young Citizen of the Year – Rohan Gordon

Senior Citizen of the Year – Davis Passmore

Senior Sports Award – Leslie Fordham

Junior Sports Award – Jessi Horvat

Sports Administrator Award – Ann-Marie Williamson

Senior Cultural Award – The Collinsville Community Association

Junior Cultural Award – Toby Jones

Community Event of the Year – Pit Pony Launch



Citizen of the Year – John Finlay & Anne Smith

Young Citizen of the Year – Eden Hedges

Senior Citizen of the Year – Patricia Tracey

Senior Sports Award – Lona Kaifoto

Junior Sports Award – Elliarna Mitchell

Sports Administrator Award – Chris Monsour

Senior Cultural Award – Sam Denning

Junior Cultural Award – Lachlan Bon

Community Event of the Year – Heli Taxi Bowen Offshore Superboats


Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine Region

Citizen of the Year – Margaret Shaw

Young Citizen of the Year – Keisha McEwan

Senior Citizen of the Year – John Powell

Senior Sports Award – Leanne Knox

Junior Sports Award – Sarah Dobe

Sports Administrator Award – Ken Crittenden

Senior Cultural Award – Carmel Lee

Junior Cultural Award – Cody McCarthy

Community Event of the Year – Proserpine State of Origin Fan Day

Wally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award – Mark Connors