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Yeppoon builder honoured for Cyclone Marcia work with award

CHAOS reigned as Cyclone Marcia ripped through Yeppoon last February, but those lucky enough to find shelter at the evacuation centre at St Brendan's College found calm with Glen Alexander.

Glen (pictured) isn't usually one for accolades, but last night the Yeppoon builder was the centre of attention as he accepted Livingstone Shire Council's Citizen of the Year Award.

Glen, who is also a long serving Yeppoon Lions Club Member, was one of eight award recipients at the Australia Day Awards.

He was nominated for his work managing the temporary evacuation centre during the cyclone, making sure people had tea, coffee, food and a warm place to wait out the wild weather.

He responded to an emergency request from the Local Disaster Coordination Centre to help set-up the second cyclone shelter.

"I can remember pushing an old lady on one of the wheelie walkers up through the wind and rain [to the evacuation centre] and everybody got up safely," he said.

"Most people were calm about it once [they were] inside the safety of the chapel."

Rockhampton's Citizens of the Year will be announced at 10.30am today, with the winners to be made available on The Morning Bulletin's website.

Yeppoon's top citizens

Citizen of the Year, Glen Alexander

Young Citizen of the Year, Sarah Callinan

Cultural Award, Tayla Jayne St James

Community Service Award, The Caves Craft Group

Senior Sportsperson of the Year, Lewis Marshall

Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Blake Newton

Sports Administrator, Paul Keating

Environmental Award, Shelly McArdle

Topics:  citizen of the year award, cyclone marcia, livingstone shire council



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