Our Aussies awarded
WINNING an Australia Day award is a fairly emotional experience, Community Service Award winner Rhodes Watson said.
"It was actually a very emotional moment thinking about how much we achieved and all the people who helped do it and I sobbed a bit after," said Rhodes, who received the award in recognition for his work with Envirolink Solar Power Group.
Rhodes said it was a fantastic feeling to be recognised for something he was doing and was proud he had achieved something for the community.
"I burnt out two committees and we've created enough energy to run 1.2 million light bulbs every day for the next 25 years," he said, explaining that the group would now expand into Gladstone.
Rhodes said it was good having his parents proud of him and thanked his family, especially wife Stacey, for their support.
Nominated by councillor Glenda Mather, Rhodes said he had no idea he was going to win until they called his name.
"That's when it really set in, looking up at all the officials and seeing them applaud really hit home," he said.
Young Citizen of the Year Lucy Boyd was honoured to receive the Rockhampton Regional Council Australia Day Award at the ceremony in Gracemere.
Lucy has won accolades for her schoolwork and has been an active participant in community events. Lucy also utilises her talents in serving her school and wider community through activities such as Interact Club, debating, college musicals, assisting with the baking and delivery of Christmas cakes for the elderly people of Yeppoon, door-knock appeals, Clean Up Australia Day, Pink Ribbon breakfasts, Anzac Day marches and Compassion Vietnam.
"I was honoured to receive this award. I really like to be involved in all areas of school and community life," she said.
A total of seven awards went to the coast's quiet achievers at the official Australia Day ceremony.
Rockhampton Regional Council received 40 nominations in total for the Australia Day Awards - 34 adults and six youths.
Capricorn Coast Australia Day Award recipients are as follows:
Young Citizen of the Year - Lucy Boyd
Community Service Award - Yeppoon - Rhodes Watson
Cultural Award - Yeppoon - Pauline Colvin
Sports Administrator (Senior) - Yeppoon - Neville Bowles
Sports Administrator (Senior) - Yeppoon - Special Commendation - Michael Oxley
Sports Administrator (Junior) - Yeppoon - Dahlas Rogers
Sports Administrator (Junior) - Yeppoon - Lana Rogers