Mayor thanks Australia Day award winners
GYMPIE Mayor Ron Dyne said the Australia Day awards were an opportunity to recognise those people within the region who had given selflessly of themselves and their time to their community.
"They help others in need, take on roles within community organisations, participate in community events, and they do what needs to be done without expecting anything in return," Councillor Dyne said.
"Now we have an opportunity to show our gratitude for their efforts and to acknowledge their contribution. And there is no better day to do this than on our National Day.
"To be nominated for any of the awards is certainly an honour and one that I'm sure is humbly accepted, but also greatly appreciated by our nominees.
Cr Dyne, on behalf of the council and Gympie region residents, extended his congratulations to each nominee.
"To those who took the time and initiative to complete the nomination, I also say thank you," he said.
"We rely on members of our community to help us recognise those people worthy of nomination and your efforts are greatly appreciated. Often, though, people think 'such and such deserves to be nominated, I must do that', but unfortunately don't get around to it.
"So I thank those who submitted the nominations and encourage all of you to consider doing the same next year - across all the categories."
Cr Dyne said the evaluation of nominations did not rest with the council or mayor, but a panel who made the not-very-easy decisions to determine awardees.
"I would like to thank them for their participation," he said.