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Redland City Honours Local Heroes

Redlanders who have gone “above and beyond” in helping their community have been recognised at the annual Redland City Australia Day awards last night (Tuesday 24 January 2017), at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Function Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the awards were a way for the community to thank the real heroes who every day helped to make the city a better place.

“The selflessness, dedication and achievements shown by these Redlanders epitomise the community spirit of the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said

“Our annual Australia Day awards give us the opportunity to recognise those who help make our city great through their generosity and commitment to helping others or through shining a light on all that is good about our wonderful community.

“Our Citizen of the Year, Denis Ryan, is a truly amazing man who has been a tireless contributor to the City for more than 50 years.

“He never asks for recognition but, as a member of St Vincent De Paul for more than 40 years, he has done so much to help those less privileged in our community.

“Denis is selfless and is always available to assist those less fortunate. He’s an inspiration to our community.

“Talented young singer Leah Lever is our Young Citizen of the Year. An inspiring role model to the youth of our City, Leah devotes much of her time volunteering in the community.

“Col Cunnington, awarded Senior Citizen of the Year, has been a committed community volunteer for many years, supporting cultural and environmental activities, as well as being active in business.

“Ian and Judy Wintle are deserving winners of the Local Hero Award. The Wintles have raised about $60,000 for charities through their ‘Giving Garden’.

“This year, two outstanding groups were honoured with the Community Organisation Award. Redlands Centre for Women and the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club both go above and beyond each day to improve the wellbeing of Redlanders.

“Redland City’s honorary Town Crier, Maxwell Bissett, an integral part of our community’s cultural fabric, is the fitting winner of the Cultural Award.

“Michael Wilson, a dedicated carer of sick and injured wildlife who has transformed his home into a safe haven for animals, is the winner of the Environment and Sustainability Award.

“Swimming powerhouse Daniel Fox, who is also an ambassador for the sport, is a very worthy recipient of this year’s Sports Awards.

Cr Williams said Council received 31 nominations across eight categories for the annual awards.

“The calibre of nominations really shows the incredible community spirit that exists in the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said. “I congratulate everyone who was nominated as well as those who took the time to nominate their fellow Redlanders.’’

The list of winners is as follows:

  • Citizen of the Year – Denis Ryan
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Leah Lever
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Col Cunnington
  • Local Hero Award – Ian and Judy Wintle
  • Community Organisation Award – Redlands Centre for Women AND Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club
  • Cultural Award – Maxwell Bissett
  • Environment and Sustainability Award –Michael Wilson
  • Sports Award – Daniel Fox.

Images are available. Phone 3829 8874 for further information.

Local heroes recognised at Redland City Australia Day Awards

The selflessness and dedication of Redland City’s Adrian Addicott has resulted in him being named Redland City Citizen of the Year last night.

The community volunteer was presented with the prestigious award by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams during a special ceremony along with other award recipients in eight categories.

“Redland City residents are known for their generosity and commitment to helping others and the annual Australia Day awards are an excellent way for everyone to recognise those that help make our city great,” she said.

“Adrian Addicott is a perfect example of this commitment and I am honoured to present him with this year’s Citizen of the Year award.

“A well-known face across the Redlands, Adrian is a dedicated volunteer who devotes his time to helping out at community events across the city, simply for the joy of helping the community.

Redland City Citizen of the Year Adrian Addicott

Redland City Citizen of the Year Adrian Addicott

“Adrian has helped at many events over the years, including Redlands Easter Family Festival, Relish Festival and RedFest, where he is a member of the show’s committee and has notched up more than 30 years of volunteer service.

“Renowned for turning up just to lend a hand, Adrian contributes his time and energy with a smile on his face and an attitude that nothing is too much trouble.”

Cr Williams said 27 nominations were received for this year’s awards, with the judging panel having a tough time selecting the winners from a raft of outstanding finalists.

“Congratulations not only go to the winners, but also all nominees as well as those who took the time to nominate them,” she said.

“This year’s Senior Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ken Thackeray OAM, the driving force behind one of the largest cruising yachting networks in the country and a tireless contributor to the community through his service to charitable organisations and to veterans.

“Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Kirra Longmuir, a determined young local businesswoman and fitness model who is a role model for countless young Redlanders, inspired by her wide ranging business and personal achievements.

“Local musician Anita Taylor received the Cultural Award, acknowledging her contribution to the enrichment of the region through the formation of Redland City Choir, a non-auditioned community choir of all ages and abilities that has raised funds for victims of domestic and family violence.”

The full list of Redland City Australia Day 2016 award winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year Award – Adrian Addicott
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award (under 30) – Kirra Longmuir
  • Senior Citizen of the Year Award (over 60) – Ken Thackeray OAM
  • Local Hero Award – Peter Gould
  • Community Organisation Award – The CAGE Youth Foundation
  • Cultural Award – Anita Taylor
  • Environment and Sustainability Award – Deirdre Hargreaves
  • Sports Award – Sandra Middleton
Australia Day award winners

The winners of each category awarded at a special ceremony on Thursday night

Two special awards were also presented, with Jake Eve receiving an international commendation for sport and Jill Lindley highly commended as a local hero.

Attached is a full list of winners and their bios and the finalists for each award category [DOC 29kB].

Snapshot – Wednesday 19 November

Christmas by Starlight

Saturday 6 December 2014

Don’t miss the FREE Christmas by Starlight concert on Saturday 6 December at Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road, Capalaba.

The family-friendly event includes an animal zoo, jumping castles, rock climbing and a visit from Santa plus plenty of food stalls from 4pm, followed by a children’s show at 5.45pm.

Traditional twilight carols will follow starring The Voice Australia’s tenor, Luke Kennedy; cabaret leading light, Naomi Price; and winner of The Voice Kids Australia, Alexa Curtis plus a host of other local talent ending with a spectacular fireworks finale!

For more information about free buses and car parking visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs.
Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.


Free business workshop

Customer Service for Businesses

Learn how to impress your customers every time at this free workshop.

When: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: Friday 21 November

Light refreshments will be served.

Workshop presenter Julie Maher will give you the benefit of her 30 years professional experience and the tools to go beyond simply delivering your product. For all booking email karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au, phone 3829 8507 or visit our website.


Diner en Rouge

6.30pm Saturday 29 November 2014

Get your ticket to Diner en Rouge – an outdoor dining extravaganza with all proceeds going to assist Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

Who: You, your colleagues, friends and family
What: A locally produced banquet, beverages, entertainment and auctions
Where: A secret location! Meet at Cleveland Library Square, Middle St, Cleveland
Dress: Cocktail/formal attire with a red and white theme

Ticket prices: $170 each – $1600 for a table of 10

Tickets can be purchased through RPAC Ticketing by telephone (3829 8131), online or in person.

If you can’t make it along to dinner, you can still support this fantastic cause. Stephen Dibb Jewellery has generously provided a $5000 strand of South Sea pearls with an 18ct white gold diamond clasp to be raffled for the fundraiser. A maximum of 300 tickets at $50 each are available for purchase in person at Council’s Cleveland Customer Service counter or at the RPAC box office.


Redland City Australia Day Awards 2015

Nominations close Friday 21 November

If you know of a person, group or community organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to our City this year and is worthy of recognition, nominate them for a Redland City Australia Day Award. Nomination are now an easy online process via our website >>


Open meetings

General Meeting – Wednesday 26 November, 9.30am