Brooke Favier
Taylor Crossley
Becky Miller
Geoffrey Kinsella
Kate McCormack
Ben Reeve

January 26, 2015

The South Burnett Citizen Of The Year Australia Day Award recognises an individual under 25 who has given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

In 2015, the nominees were:

  • Lachlan Hughes
    • Nanango State High School captain
    • Participated in the Per Skills Leaders Program QIP Leader
    • Volunteer audio-visual technician for Kingaroy SDA Community Church
    • Volunteer for multiple community organisations
    • Senior Pathfinder Club member
    • Duke of Edinburgh Award participant
  • Ben Reeve
    • Active member of the Cultural Committee
    • Participated in the Ecoman Program
    • Mentored year eight students through the Buddy Program
    • Participates in Anzac Day ceremonies
    • Assists community through the Active Citizens Program and Taabinga Rotary
  • Brooke Favier
    • Winner of the Arch Blue Memorial Prize for character and leadership at Kingaroy State High School
    • Assists the community through Taabinga Rotary Club
    • Member of the School New Zealand tour playing competitive sport against New Zealand schools
    • Member of the Maths Team Challenge interschool Competition
  • Taylor Crossley
    • School Vice-Captain and secretary of Student Council at Kingaroy State High School
    • Active sports person supporting and playing many school district and regional teams
    • Active member of the welfare committee
    • Awarded with the South Burnett Regional Council Leadership Bursary Award
    • Awarded the Mike Storrien Memorial Bursary Award
  • Geoffrey Kinsella
    • School Captain and senior leader
    • National Youth Science Forum representative
    • Agricultural Show team captain
    • Tamara Walter Shield Citizenship Award
    • Lions Excellence in Public Speaking Award
    • SBRC delegation to Dodewaard, Netherlands
    • Rotary national youth science forum delegate
  • Becky Miller
    • Tap teacher for Melinda’s Dance Studio and La Crème dance Academy
    • Represented local area at state, national and international Taekwon-do tournaments
    • Instructs Taekwon-do classes in Nanango, Maidenwell and Kingaroy clubs in a volunteer capacity
    • Selected in the Wide bay Region Under-19 netball team competing at the Qld State Championships
    • Science Ambassador and Peer Skills Leader for Nanango State High School
    • Representative of the Duke of Edinburgh Program
    • RSPCA volunteer
  • Kate McCormack
    • Organised the ‘Culture in the Courtyard’ fundraising event raising $1000 for an orphanage in Kenya
    • Assists community through the Active Citizens Program
    • Member of the Kingaroy State High School Band
    • Assisted Quota members with a variety of tasks
    • Chairperson of the Kingaroy State High School Cultural Committee
    • Finalist in the Lions ‘Youth of the Year’ award

Winner: Lachlan Hughes

Lachlan Hughes has demonstrated remarkable devotion to his community, school and church.

He’s dedicated countess hours of his time to his school community through programs, events, athletics and his duties as school captain.

As the only male representative in the Nanango State High School Leadership Team, Lachlan exemplified the role young men can play in an increasingly feminised school system.

Lachlan is also actively involved in the Pathfinder organisation in a leadership role. In this position, Lachlan assists in the training and development of other club members, again proving to be fun and positive role model to younger members.

He has continually demonstrated a respect for those things that have defined our country. His sense of community and the role modelling of his citizenship are evident in the way he approaches his duties at Anzac and Remembrance Day services.

Lachlan further demonstrated strong dedication and commitment to his community by assisting in the delivery of meals to the elderly during school holidays, and his commitment to his volunteer duties at the South Burnett Energy and Information centre.
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