FLASHBACK: 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award nominees Bevin Barsby, Peg Downes, winner Col Sippel, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, and Bevan Routledge … Mrs Frecklington presented Col with his award

February 23, 2024

A funeral will be held in Murgon next week for former Murgon Shire Councillor – and South Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award winner – Col Sippel, 95, who died on February 20.

The funeral will be held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorn Street from 10:00am on February 29.

Col was presented with the Achievement Award at the South Burnett Regional Council’s 2017 Australia Day awards after a lifetime of service to the Murgon community.

On Australia Day the same year, he was presented with the Murgon Business and Development Association’s Senior Ambassador Award.

Col served on Murgon Shire Council for 25 years.

FLASHBACK:  Senior Ambassador Col Sippel with Leo Geraghty

During this time, he played a key role in establishing the Graham House Community Centre and served as its committee president for almost 30 years.

He was also a foundation member of the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum, was active in the Murgon Lions Club for more than four decades, a member of the Murgon Church Council for half a century and served on the the board of Castra for many years.

Unlike many other Sippels, cricket wasn’t his thing … he told a reporter back in 2017 that he played tennis “day and night” until he turned 60.

Col’s wife Joyce died in September 2015, aged 88.

The couple had two sons, Greg and Warren (deceased).

Col is survived by three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


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