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].