MAJOR AWARDS: Dedication honoured on Aus Day
COMMUNITY and the Australian spirit were on full display in Theodore this Australia Day for the Banana Shire Australia Day Awards Ceremony.
An estimated 250-300 residents celebrated and congratulated some of the region's upstanding citizens at the Theodore Showgrounds this afternoon.
Banana Shire Council received 21 nominations across 10 categories for the Australia Day Awards.
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Talented young dancer, 12 year-old Laney Siegmeier received the Junior Cultural Award as she continued to make remarkable strides in her young career which included featuring in a prominent Brisbane dance production in 2019.
"I feel very excited, happy and grateful to receive this award," Ms Siegmeier said.
I'm proud of what I've accomplished in 2019 and I look forward to progressing in my dance career.
"I want to thank my parents and also my dance teacher Alarna Pallot for helping me become the dancer and person I am. "
Ms Siegmeier's mother Kim said that all the time and sacrifice her and her husband put in for their daughter is paying off.
"It's a fair bit of time but it's worth it when you're seeing her up on stage dancing and doing what she loves," Mrs Siegmeier said.
"We do lots of trips but we are lucky we have one child which makes things easier.
She's had a huge year and this has really culminated 2019 for Laney."
The Banana Shire also welcomed a new family with the Kristall's, father Morris (46), wife Angie (47) and daughter Rebecca (9) awarded their citizenship at during the awards ceremony.
Originally from South Africa and then immigrating to England and now Australia, Mr Kristall said that he has real piece of mind knowing that he can raise his daughter in Biloela.
"We wanted to bring Rebecca up in a rural environment," Mr Kristall said.
"Angie and Rebecca both have horses and it's a rural lifestyle and that's what we chose."
Applying for Australian citizenship around 18 months ago, the Kristall's are wrapped to start their new life in the Banana Shire.
"Angie will continue working for CQ University, Rebecca is going to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and I will continue working for Komatsu," Mr Kristall said.
"Having lived in South Africa for many years, the major difference between there and Australia is security and the level of crime is much lower in Australia.
"Safety and lifestyle is what matters to us."
Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier was pleased with the turnout in the hot, muggy conditions and remains in awe of today's award recipients and nominees.
"All this work they do it's just like a part of life for them," Mr Ferrier said.
"These people will never put themselves in the limelight."
2020 Banana Shire Australia Day Award Winners
Citizen of the year: Dianne Morris
Young Citizen of the year: Ameliija Swaffer-Selff
Cultural Award: Le-Anne Cowell
Junior Cultural Award: Laney Siegmeier
Sports Coach, Official and/or Administrator of the year: Terry Tappin
Senior Sportsperson: Salome Duff
Junior Sportsperson: Ameliija Swaffer-Selff
Community Group or Team of the year: Wowan/Dululu Community Volunteer Group Inc.
Community Event of the year: Jambin State School P & C Bullarama