Sell with Confidence
Read More
News

Airlie celebrates Australia Day

By Mark Beale

LAUGHTER, tears of joy and emotion-filled speeches accompanied the presentation of this year’s Australia Day Awards at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

A total of 13 people became Australian citizens at the club on the day and there were 10 awards handed out.

Citizen of the Year for the Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Proserpine areas, went to charismatic charity auctioneer Reg Gillen.

Mr Gillen calls the Calcutta for Charity at the Reef Gateway Hotel each year and has even been made an honorary member of the Proserpine Rotary Club for calling their Calcutta for more than 30 years.

He has been the Master of Ceremonies (MC), auctioneer and celebrity interviewer at countless charity events in the Whitsundays, raising at least $1 million over the years.

Ever humble, Mr Gillen said he was touched by the recognition.

“You just don’t expect those things,” he said.

This year, the Young Citizen of the Year award had two recipients – Isabelle Silberling and Todd Marshall.

Isabelle, who could not attend Monday’s event due to university commitments, was recognised for her involvement in a wide range of leadership and citizenship activities both within the Proserpine State High School and the broader community.

Todd meanwhile was described as an inspirational young man, who after narrowly surviving cancer only one year ago, set out to mentor other young people battling the disease.

He has also become a Queensland Auxiliary Fire Fighter, receiving Proserpine’s ‘First Dux’ award for achieving top marks in his training program.

Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney, who presented the awards and citizenships with the help of State MP Jason Costigan and Federal MP George Christensen, said all the winners shared a common commitment to the local community and represented “excellence in our region”.

“The winners inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better community,” she said.

AWARD WINNERS

Award winners for the Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Proserpine regions were:

Citizen of the Year – Reg Gillen

Young Citizen of the Year – joint winners – Todd Marshall and Isabelle Silberling

Senior Citizen of the Year – Tom Manning

Senior Sports Award – Anton Zafir

Junior Sports Award – Dylan Barbeler

Sports Administrator Award – Raylene Rasmussen

Senior Cultural Award – Choral C Voices

Junior Cultural Award – Laura Robson

Community Event of the Year – Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Wally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award – Gay Bowden

Up to Date

Latest News

  • NEW FOODIE EVENT TO CHAMPION LOCAL PRODUCE IN PROSERPINE

    A new foodie event is getting off the ground in Proserpine to help residents access fresh produce from their own backyard and forge social connections. The couple behind Proserpine Health N Fitness, June Gobbos-Miller and Stephen Miller, decided to start a farmers market with the first instalment set to take … Read more

    Read Full Post

  • REEF FESTIVAL DATES LOCKED IN AFTER 2020 COVID CANCELLATION

    The Great Barrier Reef Festival may have been brought to a halt last year, but the event is moving full steam ahead in 2021 and more hands are needed on deck. The festival committee is on the hunt for new volunteers to help plan and organise this year’s event. The … Read more

    Read Full Post