Who are you nominating for Australia Day awards in 2023?

Burnett Today journalist Jessica McGrath

by Jessica McGrath

This week many inspiring Queenslanders have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the community.

The South Burnett and North Burnett Regional councils hold their annual Australia Day awards ceremonies each year recognising the champions in each town, sportspeople and creatives.

The official awards ceremonies for both council regions were unfortunately cancelled last minute, with the South Burnett choosing to hold their awards ceremony online on Australia Day.

The North Burnett Regional Council have opted to postpone their awards to a later date.

Turn to pages 10-13 to read the write-up from all of the award winners in the South Burnett and stay tuned in upcoming editions to find out about the North Burnett Australia Day award winners.

Going through the list of award winners I couldn’t help but notice the lack of nominees in some of the categories.

Some sections had plenty of nominees whereas others – especially the Local Achiever Awards – only had one or two nominees.

The award recipients were by no means more than deserving of their awards – some of these people have put in priceless hours as volunteers and made a difference in their communities.

However, working in the community as a journalist I know there are many more people who invest in their community.

Similarly, each year Australians are awarded the Queen’s Honours, the Order of Australia (OAM).

Usually there are one or two recipients from the North Burnett or South Burnett regions.

Unfortunately no one from our Burnett region made the list this year for the Australia Day OAMs.

These awards also rely on fellow community members nominating an individual for these awards.

There are some incredible people in this region and it’s always great to put the Burnett on the national map.

Perhaps next year we might have more people nominated for some of these categories and awards?

In the meantime, keep on reading the Burnett Today for stories about local people who are making a difference in the Burnett.

Let us know about any great initiatives, individuals or community groups making an impact on their community by emailing newsdesk@burnetttoday.com.au