Council Comment – Cr Michael Enright

Scenic Rim's Australia Day Award winners
Scenic Rim's Australia Day Award winners

Australia Day Awards

While the announcement of the 2022 Australia Day Awards was delayed due to COVID restrictions, the celebrations were no less special during the recent Queensland Day event.  

It was inspiring to hear just some of the amazing contributions of so many nominees from across the region, who have all contributed to building stronger communities.

The awards were presented in five categories:

  • Community Event of the Year was won by Peak Crossing State School’s 150th anniversary.
  • Citizen of the Year (16-30 years) was awarded to Cameron Mansfield, for his involvement with the Canungra Owls Soccer Club.
  • Citizen of the Year (31-65 years) was won by Graham Stumer for more than 37 years of service with the State Emergency Services (SES) Boonah Group.
  • Citizen of the Year (65+ years) was awarded to Wilson Neuendorf for his continued work for the Boonah, Kalbar and wider Scenic Rim communities.
  • The Mayor’s Award was presented to Barbara Proudman, owner and manager of the Tamborine Times newspaper since 2001, who has been a keen supporter of the arts and community events including ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorations.

Congratulations to our five winners and thank you to all the nominees for your valued contributions.

Jarjum Gurema

It was fantastic that the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Indigenous language project, Jarjum Gurema storybook, received statewide recognition at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, with a Highly Commended award in the Community category.

Jarjum Gurema is a children’s book based on local Yugambeh greetings and totem animals of our local Mununjali area. 

Championed by footballer Jamal Fogarty, a proud Mununjali man, the book was created in partnership between Council, Mununjali Jymbi Support Services, Jabu Jabuny Club, and the Mununjali Playgroup and was made possible with funding from the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland’s First 5 Forever program, which encourages early literacy. 

With NAIDOC Week fast approaching, (3 July – 10 July), what better way to appreciate the Yugambeh language. 

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