Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

{Regions Fly the Flag in Community Work} {Dedication Earns Residents Awards}

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

{Regions Fly the Flag in Community Work} {Dedication Earns Residents Awards}

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PROUD and patriotic Australians flocked to the first amalgamated Australia Day award ceremonies throughout the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim regions during the long weekend.

Residents were rewarded for their hard work, dedication and commitment.

Somerset

HUNDREDS of people gathered at the Lyceum Hall in Esk yesterday when the 2009 Australia Day award recipients in the Somerset region were announced.

Kevin Purcell of Kilcoy was named Citizen of the Year for his service to the community, including his involvement with the Kilcoy Race Club and work as treasurer of the Kilcoy residence special events association.

One of Mr Purcell's notable achievements was being an ambassador for the Kilcoy Kindergarten when it faced closure. His efforts did not go unnoticed when the facility stayed open.

Alec Bourchier of Esk took out Young Citizen of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community. Alec finished his schooling at West Moreton Anglican College, where he excelled in sport and music.

He has continued with his passion and will further his studies in music at university.

Among the other award recipients were Boyd Dargusch, who took out the Australia Day Sports Award for his talent on the sporting field and inspiration to other aspiring athletes and Neil Norwood, who won the Cultural Award for his active involvement in the Brisbane Valley Writers and Reciters group and the local radio station.

The Community Event of the Year went to the Kilcoy Hospital for its fantasy fashion spectacular.

Scenic Rim

OUTSTANDING citizens in the Scenic Rim region were presented their awards at a presentation and citizenship ceremony, which was held at Beaudesert yesterday.

No matter what the emergency, Canungra firefighter Peter Geiger is willing to lend a hand and that is why he was awarded Citizen of the Year.

Mr Geiger has been officer in charge of the fire station since it opened in 1979 and during this time he has responded to more than 1000 calls for help.

He is actively involved in the community and has been a member of the Canungra Lions Club for 23 years. …

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