CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Roxanne Bancroft-Stuart.
Tenterfield-born and educated, Ms Bancroft-Stuart has been a great contributor to the Tenterfield community over many years and currently serves as a board member of the Moombahlene Aboriginal Land Council; member of council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee; president of the Tenterfield Aboriginal Education Consultative Group; Aboriginal representative on the New England Health Hospital Board; member of the Rural Fire Service; co-ordinator of the Tenterfield War Widows Guild; secretary and active participant in the Tenterfield Drama Group; member of the management committee, Tenterfield Presbyterian Church; and committee member of the Tenterfield Show Society.
She has a diploma in business administration and is also involved in local sports, theatre, and Guides. In July 2013, Roxanne ran her first marathon, a distance of 42.2 km.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Zachary Curry.
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: Mrs Jessica Gibbins.
YOUNG SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: Stacey Hayne.
EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Adam Woods.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR: Tenterfield Lions Club Cracker Night.
SOUTHERN DOWNS (STANTHORPE REGION)
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Bette Francis.
Ms Francis has been a member of or provided support to numerous community groups in the district including: Stanthorpe Choral Society; Granite Belt Choir; Stanthorpe Junior Choir; Stanthorpe Agricultural Society; Stanthorpe Rotary Club; and Stanthorpe Pony Club.
Bette became well known as a piano accompanist and also played the organ in the Presbyterian Church from the 1950s until early 1970s. She has had a long association with the Stanthorpe Agricultural society during which she performed the role of secretary with great distinction for 15 years. As a member of the Stanthorpe Pony Club ladies committee, Bette helped to organise rally days, gymkhanas and the annual pony club camp
JUNIOR CITIZEN AWARD: Breanna Bott.
CULTURAL AWARD: Matthew Manahan.
JUNIOR CULTURAL AWARD: Kevin Collett.
SPORTS AWARD: Cameron Crestani.
JUNIOR SPORTS AWARD: Lane Ely Thompson.
SPORTS ADMINISTRATION AWARD: Neil Newman.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR: Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League – The ‘Vic Jensen’ Under 11 Queensland Primary Schools Carnival.
SOUTHERN DOWNS (WARWICK REGION)
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Alan Payne.
Alan Payne has an incredible passion for the volunteer staff of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) and for his role in providing safety from fire for the whole Southern Downs community. Alan is Group Officer of the Warwick District Area for QFRS. He joined the QFRS in December 1990 with the Freestone Brigade, becoming First Officer in April 2004. Alan is also the Group Officer for the QRFS Warwick Group, the Deputy Fire Warden for the five fire warden districts and the Freestone Rural Fire Brigade treasurer.
During the 2010/11 flood events Alan provided wonderful support to disaster operations and this helped the Local Disaster Management Group enormously. Alan’s dedication to the safety of his community and long involvement with the Rural Fire Brigade make him a worthy recipient of the Warwick Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award for 2014.
JUNIOR CITIZEN AWARD: Elizabeth Dennis.
CULTURAL AWARD: Sue Keong.
JUNIOR CULTURAL AWARD: Dominic Andersen-Strudwick.
SPORTS AWARD: Matthew Denny.
JUNIOR SPORTS AWARD: Carly Cooper.
SPORTS ADMINISTRATION AWARD: Aaron Schied.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR: Warwick Relay for Life.