Contributions recognised

Community Volunteer award winner Allan Tappin.

Older members of the community featured prominently in this year’s Banana Shire Australia Day Awards announced this morning at the official ceremony held at the Biloela Showgrounds in January.

Taroom resident Harry Johnson, a resident since 1990, was named Citizen of the Year for his 33-year commitment to community involvement.

Active in the Taroom Lions Club, Fishing and Restocking Club, and Palliative Care Group, Harry organizes events, promotes family-friendly activities, and supports environmental initiatives.

Sarah Larson, with over 30 years in the arts, earned the Arts and Culture Award for empowering emerging artists, showcasing her solo exhibition ‘Eclectic Echoes,’ and leading community art engagement programs. As an author, illustrator, and holistic practitioner, Sarah enriches the community through diverse cultural dimensions.

Allan Tappin receives the Community Volunteer Award for his 50-year dedication to various aspects of Biloela Shire’s community life. From supporting education and sports to volunteering at Wahroonga Aged Care Facility, Allan’s cheerful demeanour significantly contributes to community happiness.

While the Banana Shire Historical Society, with a dedicated membership of 40, was recognised for preserving local history and maintaining Greycliffe Homestead. Their achievements include extensive renovations and securing grants for catering equipment, leaving a historical legacy in the Banana Shire.

Mayor Nev Ferrier presented the awards to the recipients at the ceremony.

“It was an honour to present these awards today. These people do so much for our community and it is wonderful to see them get the recognition they deserve”.

Banana Shire Council received a record 62 nominations for the 2024 Australia Day Awards.

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