CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: Mundubbera's Tongan community putting on a show for Australia Day 2019.

Picture: Felicity Ripper
CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: Mundubbera's Tongan community putting on a show for Australia Day 2019. Picture: Felicity Ripper

Community joining together for Australia Day

ACCORDING to North Burnett Regional Council, Australia Day is the perfect opportunity for locals to come together to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.

The council has partnered with local community groups to host Australia Day celebrations throughout the region.

Come and join the council on Sunday, January 26, for an Aussie breakfast and congratulate our Australia Day award recipients.

On top of celebrating the region’s achievers, the region’s newest residents will be welcomed as part of the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, being held in Monto.

This year will also see the introduction of the North Burnett Regional Australia Day Awards. These awards are a new addition to the local awards in each community.

The regional awards strive to unite the North Burnett by recognising extraordinary talent and acknowledging the valued contribution people have made to inspire and enrich the lives of others.

The regional honours will include the North Burnett Regional Citizen, Young Citizen, Cultural, Sports and Volunteer of the Year awards, all of which will be presented at Australia Day ceremonies across the region.

The council has announced it has two Australia Day ambassadors for 2020.

Carmel Crouch will be the guest speaker at Biggenden, while William (Bill) Nancarrow will speak at the Monto event.

The Australia Day ambassador program sends high-achieving Australians to more than 300 community celebrations nationwide every Australia Day.

Carmel Crouch is a distinguished businesswoman and community leader known for her work in building capacity and empowering individuals and communities towards independence.

A long-time advocate for people with a disability, Carmel has worked for more than 30 years developing programs and services that provide people with a disability with equal opportunities for employment, housing, happiness, health and wellbeing.

As managing director of the STEPS Group of companies, Carmel’s focus on strategic partnerships has been key to supporting positive outcomes for individuals and establishing stronger communities.

Bill Nancarrow was born in Monto and became involved in powerlifting in 2000 after a motorbike accident in Townsville.

He has held many assistant coach, coach and team manager positions during his coaching career. Some highlights include the Beijing Paralympics and the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

He has been awarded the Colonel Marsh Volunteer of the Year, then more recently the Coach of the Year in 2017.

The ambassador program is an integral part of the council’s Australia Day celebrations.

As the 2020 Australia Day ambassadors, Mr Nancarrow and Ms Crouch will play important roles in the celebrations.

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