WE ARE AUSTRALIAN: Winners of the 2018 Monto Australia Day awards.
WE ARE AUSTRALIAN: Winners of the 2018 Monto Australia Day awards. Jack Lawrie

Monto's Australia Day Award winners

MONTO presented its Australia Day award winners for 2018 at a morning ceremony at the Monto Community Hall.

Junior Cultural Award: Nanci Wilson

Captain of the Monto State High School Cattle Club and 2017 High School Dux, Nanci represented the district proudly at the state finals for Young Judges Prime Cattle, Stud and Paraders.

Nanci has won multiple awards throughout her work with cattle, including RNA Young Prime Cattle Judge and Queensland State Champion Prime Cattle Judge.

Out of 200 competitors throughout the country, Nanci won the prestigious Herdsmanship award at the 2017 Junior Beef show in Rockhampton.

Senior Cultural Award: Elizabeth Robertson

Liz moved to Monto 10 years ago and became a major part of the community as president of the Monto Magic Tourism Action Group.

She has helped complete many projects for the town, such as three successful opera events at Cania and in town, the Last Post Play and the Legend and the Locals show featuring Sara Storer.

She also launched an event website and local business directory for Monto and started the RV stopover at the bottom of main street.

Junior Sports Award: Tarah Staines

Tarah has shown multiple commitments to a range of sporting activities, including soccer, little athletics, netball, cricket and softball.

She was awarded as Monto State School Sports Person of the Year, North Burnett Junior Sports Person two years in a row and Wide Bay Team captain for track and field.

She was named MVP at the Central Burnett Netball competition for her team, and last year she competed in five North Burnett teams, four Wide Bay teams and two Queensland teams.

Senior Sports Award: Taylah Steger

Taylah displayed dedication and commitment to the Monto Netball Association, in playing, coaching and working behind the scenes.

Her outstanding sportsmanship and ability was recognised by her being selected to play for the under-19 Wide Bay Thundercats, the only North Burnett player to do so.

After fulfilling her commitments to the team, Taylah and the Thundercats gave back by conducting a training and coaching day at the Monto netball courts for the younger players.

Sports Administrator Award: Belinda Barnett

Belinda took on the role of president of the Monto Soccer Club for the first time last year.

She kept the club on it's feet, always ensuring the fields were tidy, the canteens stocked with healthy food options and that coaches and teams were organised.

2018 Community Event of the Year: Sheriff's Trivia Night

Monto Police established the Sherrif's Trivia Night to raise funds for community policing and crime prevention projects.

The funds raised from the trivia night will go toward Blue Light Disco events for the schools and farm cameras to assist in property offences and domestic violence matters, available to loan from the Monto police Station.

Police officers Mick Bazzo and Matt Stark accepted the award.

Volunteer of the Year: Marge Myles

Marge worked tirelessly as a volunteer for many years, most notably as a 60-year member of the Bancroft Queensland Country Women's Association.

She has spent many years volunteering for different organisations such as Monto Pony Club, Kalpowar Parents and Citizens Committee, Monto Bowls Club and Montonians.

A volunteer since she was 16, Marge also spent her years helping out at the canteen when her husband and children were playing sport, fundraising for different sporting events such as football, tennis and cricket.

Young Citizen of the Year: Lani Pickering

Lani is a natural leader, shown through her roles of 2017 Student Council President, 2015 Junior Secondary Leader and Under Officer in the Monto Cadets.

She has been awarded the Gary Williams Memorial Award for Pride of Workmanship for her dedication to study and hard work. She also received the Lionel Cavanagh Memorial Award for leadership and the Citizenship Award for being an ambassador to Monto State High School.

Local Hero Award: Kendall Muller, Katie Muller, Jenny Voight, Naomi Purcell and Melinda Clarke

The Local Hero Award is only awarded in Monto under exceptional circumstances, when citizens perform exceptional duties in times of crisis.

This year's winners won for gathering data from the October flood events, despite some having been personally affected by it, in order to secure Category A, B and C support for the region.

With their expertise, North Burnett Regional Council was the only council to obtain this relief before the Queensland state election.

Citizen of the Year: Bert and Fay Brown

Bert and Fay have been active members of Monto Historical Society, the Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, Montonians and the Lutheran Church.

Bert is a handyman, and recently oversaw the installation of the new ramp and stairs at Selene Hall on the Monto Historical Society grounds.

Fay has been an active member of Meals on Wheels for many years, a caterer at Montonian lunches and played piano at various events and functions.

Both consider working and helping out intrinsic to them, and while they don't seek the spotlight for it, their practical attitude and work ethic has earned them the recognition of Monto's 2018 Citizens of the Year.

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