Life-time volunteer honoured with baton relay invite

WALKING TALL: Bob Moschioni points out the souvenir baton that he will be purchasing as a memento of his participation in the Queen's Baton Relay.
WALKING TALL: Bob Moschioni points out the souvenir baton that he will be purchasing as a memento of his participation in the Queen's Baton Relay. Cameron McCrohon

BOB Moschioni has a large, well-deserved collection of awards and honours, thanking him for his commitment to the Biloela and Thangool communities.

On March 24, he will receive another honour.

Mr Moschioni will participate in the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay, carrying the baton 200 metres along Goondoon St in Gladstone.

"They said I could either use a wheelchair, run or walk with the baton,” he said. "At my age, I think I will just walk.”

Mr Moschioni was one of six people from Banana Shire invited to the event.

The others are Don and Di Morris, also from Thangool, Tanika Tribe from Goovigen and Moura's Lexi Colyer and Sarah Morris.

Baton-bearers are locals nominated by their peers for achievements and community contributions.

Mr Moschioni said he found out he was nominated when the Thangool school principal asked him to come in and sign papers, which turned out to be nomination acceptance forms.

"It was a great surprise,” he said. "All the awards I have received over the years have been pleasant surprises.

"I've never gone out looking for this type of recognition, I just get in and do what needs to be done.

"But you feel that you have to accept them, because I am proud of the fact that there are people out their thinking like that about Bob Moschioni.

"It is nice to know you

are appreciated.”

Among Mr Moschioni's long list of other awards are the Banana Shire Citizen of the Year Award, an he won in 1986 and the Order of Australia medal, and having the Thangool State School oval named in his honour.

The "Mayor of Thangool” has been president and patron of Callide Valley Tennis Club, involved in the Biloela golf club since 1979, a member of the Thangool race club for over 30 years, and was involved in the Thangool Fire Brigade and Thangool Inc.

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