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Injune Australia Day Awards 2019

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR | Brigid Price

Brigid is a well-grounded, genuine woman who understands the complexity of living on the land and staying connected with her community.

Brigid is a treasured member of the Community Advisory Network for Injune Health Services for numerous years. She coordinates the Injune Naturally Resourceful Women Group, which celebrated 10 years in 2018. She is developing the Rural Resources Online website, an online hub helping farming families access relevant tools and resources to enable their businesses to thrive. She is also starting an Injune and Surrounds Facebook page as a community billboard.

In 2018 Brigid was selected as one of the ten Australian women to be offered a scholarship by the National Farmers Federation – Diversity in Agricultural Leadership Mentoring Program. The Program is an initiative of the National Farmers Federation and aims to see more women join the senior executive and board level ranks of Australian agribusiness and farm-representative bodies.

Brigid is an extraordinarily resourceful person who utilise her networks to provide opportunities for learning and a very worthy recipient of Citizen of the Year Award.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD | Chiara Parker-Price

Chiara has shown over the years that she is committed to the betterment of the Injune community by helping local associations with their events.

For many years she has assisted with catering functions for the Injune State School P&C. She contributes her time by supporting clubs at local events, including local cricket matches, the Injune Rodeo, Injune Race Club and the Injune Campdraft Association.

An active member of Netball, Chiara has helped organise teams and participates in Thursday night Netball fixtures. In 2017, she was the Treasurer for the Injune Tennis Club and was elected President in 2018.

Chiara is a valued member of the Injune community and a worthy recipient of the Young Citizen of the Year Award.

COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR | Beef in the Buffel Ball 2018

Injune Parents and Citizens organised the Beef in the Buffel Ball as a fundraiser for the students at the Injune P-10 State School. The event had over 250 guests, raising over $25,000 towards the lighting of the sports shed and the school oval, and levelling and irrigation of the junior oval for sporting activities in the junior primary areas.

The guest speaker spoke about how important community events like the “Beef in the Buffel” are to small communities for fostering relationships and binding communities together.

Students participated in the hospitality and catering for the evening, giving them insights into different industries. This event also contributes financially to the rest of the town, as many local businesses enjoyed significantly higher trade over the weekend of the ball.

The Beef in the Buffel Ball 2018 was an amazing success and has been awarded the Community Event of the Year Award.  

CULTURAL AWARD | Injune RSL Sub-Branch

The Injune RSL Sub-Branch members have gone to great lengths to provide informative and educational ceremonies, which have reminded the Injune community of the sacrifice of our original Anzacs, and the generations of Australians who have defended our values and freedoms, in war, conflicts and peace operations throughout a century of service.

For the Anzac Centenary on 25 April 2018, the Injune RSL Sub-Branch assisted the community in showing their appreciation in memory of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Injune’s Anzac Day Dawn Service and Memorial Service was attended by upwards of 180 members of the public and retired service personnel.

The Centenary of the Armistice was commemorated on what is now known as Remembrance Day. The Injune RSL Sub-Branch was again called upon to provide a background, knowledge and structure to assist the Injune community to conduct the service on 11 November 2018.

The Injune RSL Sub-Branch is the worthy recipient of the Cultural Award for the 2018 Anzac Day and Remembrance Day Centenary Services.

JUNIOR SPORT AWARD | Christina Douglas

Christina is a talented athlete, who participates in many sporting activities at school and as part of the wider community. Christina contributes her time to help others in sports by coaching a U8 netball team and umpiring on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings for netball.

Christina’s involvement in sport includes being part of the Roma Rangers Team who competed at the Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay in 2018. She was selected for St John’s school team to compete at the All Schools Touch Carnival in Brisbane in October.

She was also awarded the age Champion for both St John’s and Roma and Districts athletics carnival, Age Champion for St John’s cross country, Age Champion for Roma and District cross country and second at the South West Trials in Miles.

Christina is a member of the Representative Maranoa Netball Association (MNA) team and competed with MNA at the State Age Competition in July 2018. Christina was selected for South West trials, and the St John’s Vicki Wilson netball team.

Christina’s achievements, leadership and good sportsmanship makes her the deserving recipient of the Junior Sports Award. 

MEMBER CONTRIBUTION AWARD | Julie Gray

Julie plays a significant part in the Maranoa Netball Association committee as Umpire Coordinator. She dedicates a lot of time and effort into compiling the weekly draws for Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, matching umpire’s skills, capabilities and speed of games, with the different age levels.

Julie is an amazing supporter and mentor for younger umpires. She provides training to develop the skills and confidence in their own abilities. Julie travels from Injune to Roma for Maranoa Netball Association games and meeting to support young umpires, and umpires many games locally and at carnivals away.

Julie is a great role model for women in sport and as a volunteer and is the worthy recipient of the Member Contribution Award.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD | Malcolm Douglas

Malcolm has been the driving force behind the Mount Hutton Lands Soldier Settlement Scheme to have a permanent memorial to recognise our district’s original soldiers and pioneers.

Malcolm made hundreds of calls asking the community to contribute to the memorial. The supportive response was overwhelming, more than $8,000 was raised for the memorial.

Malcolm put together a group to establish the memorial at Gunnewin, which was the hub for the area in the 1920’s. Five large sandstone boulders with attached plaques were placed strategically to represent the five parishes that made up the Mount Hutton Lands. To finish the project a flagpole was erected, and local history and stories collated and exhibited.

On 25 April 2018, the Anzac Centenary, over 150 people from all over Queensland came and honoured our original soldiers and settlers at the Dawn Service. It is an incredible memorial for our history and future generation’s memories.

Malcolm’s contribution to the Injune Community makes him the recipient of the Achievement Award.