NOMINATIONS CLOSING: Desmond Robin winning Mt Perry's Citizen of the Year for the Australia Day Awards 2019.
NOMINATIONS CLOSING: Desmond Robin winning Mt Perry's Citizen of the Year for the Australia Day Awards 2019.

Aus Day awards countdown: Citizen of the Year

ACCORDING to Mt Perry local Desmond Robinson, if everybody did their bit for the community, nobody would have to do too much.

After winning the Citizen of the Year for Mt Perry's Australia Day awards in 2019, Mr Robinson believes a recipient needs to have certain qualities.

"They should be honest and be prepared to do things without wanting a pat on the back or money in return.

"Just those who are conscientious about where they live."

The nominations for the Australia Day awards for 2020 close on Friday, November 22, with council asking clubs, organisations and individuals to submit who they think should be awarded for their community service.

Some of the categories include citizen of the year, young citizen of the year, volunteer of the year and more. 

Mr Robinson has been an active community member in Mt Perry for many years and has never been one to seek out recognition.

"I've been involved on and off for a few things here, but I don't see it as anything great," Mr Robinson said.

He was an active member of the SES group, volunteering many years of his life to the cause.

"I became the controller back in the 1980s when the previous one left, with the group about to disappear from the area.

"Through my time there we were able to organise a proper shed for the SES and I was able to work with a great bunch of people."

During his time they created vertical rescue teams, road action rescue teams, and attended conferences to help make meetings closer to regional towns.

"Originally they would hold these meetings in Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay, and it was quite difficult for smaller teams to reach these conferences.

"I moved a motion to change this, after that these meetings used to come out further to places such as Childers, Gin Gin and Gayndah."

After his SES years, Mr Robinson volunteered as a driver for the community bus, helping elderly residents travel to Bundaberg, driving partygoers to the races, and more.

He assists in senior indoor bowls mornings held each week, and has offered his musical talents to many functions over the years.

Modesty is a big thing for Mr Robinson and he said future recipients should have this quality.

"It gives you a good feeling knowing that somebody thinks you're worth the award but, to be honest, you shouldn't mind helping around the ridges when you can.

"There's a fair few takers out there, and not enough givers, and we need to change that."

If you'd like to nominate someone for an Australia Day award, please head here.


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