Mareeba Shire’s unsung heroes and high achievers will be recognised at Council’s annual Australia Day celebrations later this month.

Eighteen residents from across the Shire will be acknowledged for their selfless dedication to the community and talents in the sporting arts and cultural fields.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said it was fantastic to see so many young achievers nominated this year. “I am delighted to see over half of the nominees are younger members in our community,” he said.

“These inspiring young individuals have all demonstrated, in their own way, outstanding achievements in sporting, arts and academics, as well as selfless contributions to the community.”

The annual celebration will be held on the evening of Friday 25 January 2019 and include the announcement of the Citizen and Junior Citizen Awards plus a Citizenship Ceremony at which 13 candidates will choose to call the Mareeba Shire home.

This year marks 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian.

The first Australian citizenship ceremony was held on 3 February 1949, with seven men—representing each Australian state and territory, like the Commonwealth Star on our flag—swearing their allegiance to Australia.

“I strongly encourage the community to come along and recognise the achievements of the nominated individuals and groups and welcome our newest citizens to the Shire – celebrating the rich cultural diversity we pride ourselves on,” Cr Gilmore said.

Mareeba Shire Council’s annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held on Friday 25 January at the Mareeba International Club, commencing at 6.30pm.

Nominees 2019

Seniors:
Samantha Malcolm
Patricia Spry
Natasha Srhoj
Eddie Toffanello
Elwyn Troughton
Jennifer Walsh

Juniors:
David Bin
Jasmine Grogan
Nyssa Huber
Albina Niceforo
Jake Priestly
Joshua Theakston
Richard Thompson
Declan Wason
Orla Weaver
Finnian Weaver
Cole Wyatt

Community Organisation:
Mareeba Gymnastics Club