January 26, 2015

The South Burnett Australia Day Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has made significant contributions to the region over the course of a lifetime.

In 2015, the nominees were:

  • Percy Iszlaub
    • 37 years with Wondai Shire Council
    • 15 years on the South Burnett Hospitals Board
    • 15 years with the Wide Bay Burnett Electricity Board
    • Served with the Queensland Grain Growers Association as a branch secretary and delegate at District and State Council levels
    • Served on committees marketing whole shipments of grains into world markets
    • Continued involvement with the Fish Stocking Association
    • 72 years as a tuba player and over 30 years as president of the Wondai & District Town Band
    • Outstanding sportsman excelling in Rugby League and Cricket
    • Long period of membership on the former Fraser Coast-South Burnett Tourism Board
  • Ralph Argue
    • Became managing director of Argue and Co stock and station agents in 1973
    • Member of the Kingaroy Lions Club since 1973
    • Spends every Christmas Day visiting hospitals and old age homes
    • Has held positions of President, Christmas Cake Co-ordinator, Tail Twister, Convention Secretary, Rodeo Secretary, Zone Chairman and Membership Retention Officer with Lions
    • Was made a Melvin Jones Fellow, awarded the James Richardson Honour Award and was awarded Life Membership
    • Volunteers at the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre and Meals on Wheels
    • Board Member of the St Aubyns Community Private Hospital for 14 years
  • Greg Hunter
    • Worked delivering fresh and warm milk in the Nanango community;  wood splitting;  later becoming Janitor at Nanango State School
    • Awarded, along with his late wife Flo, a Service Award and Long Service Medal by the Red Cross Regional President
    • Active member and volunteer supporter of the Nanango Show Society
    • Volunteer firefighter for more than 60 years
    • Nanango Rural Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator
    • Devout member of the Uniting Church, always on call for any duties that may arise

Winner: Greg Hunter

At 83 years of age, Greg has spent all his working life in Nanango.

In his early days Greg delivered fresh milk, cut firewood and was actively involved in delivering warm milk to households in the community. Greg was the janitor at the Nanango State School and formed lifelong friendships with the staff and students who were all impressed by his dedication to his duty.

Greg has been an integral part of the Nanango community and with his late wife Flo and was awarded a Service Award and Long Service Medal by the Red Cross.

Greg is a passionate and devoted volunteer and supporter of community organisations. He is a devoted and respected member of the Uniting Church.

On top of this, Greg is also an active member and volunteer of the Nanango Show Society, is the Nanango Rural Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator and has also been keeping the community safe for more than 60 years as a volunteer firefighter.

Greg is considered a role model by the members of the community he has so passionately served.

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