Charters Towers Regional Council has announced the winners of the 2022 Australia Day Awards which were held at the Charters Towers Racecource on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 at a closed ceremony.
A total of 28 individual nominations were received by Council, a slight decrease in previous years, however those nominations were none the less of a very high calibre.
The Australia Day Awards are a great way to honour our community members and recognise and celebrate the wonderful things they do for our Region.
Tracey Murphy was named Citizen of the Year for her extreme tenacity and persistence in gaining support for a kidney dialysis unit in Charters Towers. Her efforts in helping to secure this service will be life changing for many local patients and their families.
Daniel Sumpton was named Young Citizen of the Year for his work with Sumpton’s Gold Rush Gazette and efforts to promote fellow locals. Daniel also encourages members of the community to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs
Lucy Hall was named Cultural Person of the Year for her encouragement of young people and adults to develop their skills and passion for dance, all while improving their health and wellbeing.
Sophie Baron was named Young Cultural Person of the Year for her pursuit of opportunities for local dancers to broaden their experience, often at her own expense.
Adrian Guldbransen was named Sports Administrator of the Year for his coaching/mentoring of young people, many of whom have gone on to become participants, contributors and volunteers in their young adult life.
John Wallis was named Sportsperson of the Year for his dedication to the Charters Towers Athletic Club. John is an accredited coach and qualified field referee, is always willing to give his time to help others, and is a role model for senior citizens to keep fit and healthy.
Campbell Hodson was named Young Sportsperson of the Year for his dedication to Rodeo and encouragement of others through hard work and commitment and is a role model to many, young and old alike.
The Community Event of the Year was awarded to Charters Towers Rodeo for an event that provides many locals a chance to compete, and is also an important social event, especially for rural families. The 2021 event saw unprecedented numbers of competitors and spectators.
Council thanks all nominees and the winners for their contributions to our community.
Source: Charters Towers Regional Council