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Roma Australia Day Awards 2019

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR | Shane Ferry

Shane has been very involved within the Maranoa community since moving to Roma in 1984.

Shane has always supported the community through sporting clubs. He has coached the St John’s U14 and U16 for over 25 years. He has also coached and managed rugby league teams, refereed Junior Rugby League and refereed Senior Rugby League.

Shane has been the chairman of the Roma Touch Association for the last 15 years. Every week he organises the draw, referees, updates the touch community on game times and works on improving the club’s facilities and ovals. He also helps to organise major events like the Roma Country Cup.

Since Shane has been President of the Roma Touch Club, the club has seen many change including upgraded fields, seating, a new catering area and a new field. It is not uncommon to see Shane down at the ovals (on his time off from work from the Queensland Police Service) line marking the fields, starting and fixing sprinklers, tidying up the grounds, filling in pot holes or after purchasing dropping supplies into the touch canteen.

Shane has an amazing sense of community spirit that makes him a very deserving recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD | Molly Ferguson

Molly was the Australian Junior World Waterski Team Captain at the Junior World Titles in Sesena, Spain and was chosen to carry the Australian flag.

In February 2018, Molly went to the Aussie Kiwi Waterskiing Challenge held in Kaitoke, New Zealand where she won three silver and one bronze medal. She was the Queensland Team Captain for Nationals at Goondiwindi in March 2018 and received a gold medal in Slalom and a silver medal in Jump.

Molly is the current Australian Waterskiing record-holder of the U17 Girls Slalom event.

Molly’s attitude and sportsmanship in and out of the water makes her a very deserving recipient of the Young Citizen of the Year Award.

COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR | Muckadilla Remembrance Day Service 2018

The Muckadilla Community Association with local historian David Bowden, conducted the Muckadilla Remembrance Day Service 2018 dedicated to the known service men and women who served in War and Peace time from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

After the ceremony, a delicious lunch was prepared by the members of the association for visitors, friends and past community members to talk over many stories and memories of the local area. The event was very successful with over 200 people attending the event.

The Muckadilla Community Association is a strong community group that honours soldiers, sailors, air force and nursing corps men and women from the Muckadilla district who have served in war and peace time.

Today we show our appreciation to the Muckadilla Community Association for their Remembrance Day Service for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.  

CULTURAL AWARD | Roma & District Eisteddfod 2018

The Roma and District Eisteddfod is focused on providing the opportunity for country performers to take the stage while gaining confidence and learning from their experiences. Students were involved in music workshops in the lead up to the Eisteddfod and students found these workshops extremely enjoyable and worthwhile.

The workshops were conducted by Dr Michael Bradshaw and Helen Smith. Dr Michael Bradshaw is a teacher at the Conservatorium of Music High School in Sydney. Helen Smith is the Principal examiner for Australia Music Examinations Board.

From all across the Maranoa, students were involved and these performances including St John’s School, Roma State College, Surat State School, Bymount East State School, Injune State School, Mitchell State School and Wallumbilla State School.

The 2018 Roma and District Eisteddfod was a huge success with around 900 students attending over the three days.

SPORTS AWARD | Josh Lambert

Josh is a leading and supportive golfer who is always encouraging younger golfers.

Josh has been attending the golf State Championship run by Golf Queensland for the past 16 years and was the winner of the Roma Golf Club Championship in 2018. He has represented South West Queensland Golf Association eight times and has competed in many surrounding clubs’ open events.

Josh also won the 2018 Queensland Sandgreens Gold Championships hosted by the Taroom Golf Club. He was tied after round 1 with two other golfers and after round 2 he emerged with a one shot victory.

Josh is talented athlete who is very deserving of the 2019 Sports Award.

JUNIOR SPORTS AWARD | Sade Ferguson

At 15, Sade is a very talented waterskiier and has accomplished many achievements in 2018.

In February 2018 she competed at Kaitoke, New Zealand Aussie Kiwi Challenge winning U17 Girls 1st Slalom, U17 Girls 1st Trick, U17 Girls 1st Jump and U17 Girls 1st Overall.

In March 2018 she was in Melbourne at the Moomba Masters Titles where she won Junior Moomba Slalom gold medal, Trick bronze medal, Overall gold medalist and Senior Moomba Jump finalist. Also in March 2018, she won U17 Girls Jump gold medal, U17 Trick gold medal and U17 Overall gold medallist at the Goondiwindi Nationals.

In August 2018 in Sesena, Spain at the Junior World Titles she won the Junior Jump gold medal and Junior Overall bronze medal.

At the State Titles in September 2018 she won U17 Girls Slalom gold medal, U17 Girls Trick gold medal, U17 Girls Jump gold medal, U17 Girls Overall gold medal.

Sade’s achievements, leadership and good sportsmanship makes her a worthy recipient of the Junior Sports Award.

MEMBER CONTRIBUTION AWARD | Beryl Giles

Beryl has been an invaluable member of the Roma & District Family History Society since 1999. She is the current Vice-President and Research Officer. As the Research Officer, Beryl helped with the research for the book on the 44 Mayors in Roma book and the 150 Years of Local Government in Roma celebrations in 2017 with Marana Regional Council.

Beryl spends hours each week researching information for many enquiries from people all over Australia and overseas, requesting information and photographs of their ancestors who lived in the Maranoa District over 150 years ago.

Beryl is also responsible for the War section at the Roma History Lodge. She has researched, printed and compiled many folders of information on local service personnel from the Maranoa District, starting from the Boer War up to the present day.

She has assisted with many war displays including the Belgium Display – February 2017, Polygon Wood Ceremony – October 2017, Heroes Avenue Display – September 2018, RSL War displays and Anzac Day ceremonies at the Roma Cemetery Cenotaph for the past four years.

Over the past year, Beryl has been working on compiling a book from her WW1 research which is nearly complete and ready for printing.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD | Michelle Chinnery

Michelle is a much respected teacher and staff member at St John’s School. Her long term commitment to the school is valued by the staff and the many students she has taught throughout her career.

Michelle coordinates the school magazine and a major fund-raising stall at the Moonlight Fair. She also has coordinated the annual Year 6/7 trip to Canberra for the last 25 years. Michelle does a magnificent job each year by organizing every detail of the week long experience.

Michelle has influenced the lives of countless young people, both in Roma and in surrounding communities. Michelle is a very valued member of the Roma Community and the deserving recipient of the Achievement Award.

ANDREA MURRAY MEMORIAL AWARD | Anglicare

Anglicare Southern Queensland is a non-for-profit organisation that has been caring for members of the community over 140 years.

Anglicare’s ‘All of Life’ services are here to help and support our clients live the life they want. These services include; Help at Home, Residential Aged Care, Retirement Communities, Disability Support, Family Wellbeing, Foster and Kinship Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, Youth Services, Homelessness Services, Volunteers Program and Spiritual and Pastoral Care. These services are provided in partnership with the government and other support organisations.

Anglicare’s employees, ambassadors and volunteers all share the same commitment to the organisations values; Love, Care, Hope and Humility.