WE have all been able to witness first-hand the contribution that Rhonda Morrow has made to the Gympie arts.
She is the conductor of the Cooloola Community Orchestra and has been for the past five years.
Ms Morrow was presented with the 2012 Senior Cultural Award at the Australia Day Awards yesterday.
She has never thought twice about giving up her own time for weekly rehearsals or conducting numerous performances, as she did at yesterday's Australia Day ceremony.
In addition to the Simply Classical Concerts, school concerts and performances by the bands in the rotunda in Memorial Park, Ms Morrow organises performance opportunities for the orchestra.
"In addition, she runs weekly music classes for children aged four months to five years," Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said presenting her with the award.
"Rhondda is noted for her enthusiasm to motivate the orchestra to stretch its musical repertoire, for sharing her love of music with members of the community and for inspiring many."