Civic awards pay tribute to community champions' efforts
TORNADO clean-up workers in Burrum Heads and the Rock Off indoor skate park owner have been recognised in the inaugural Community Champions Awards presented by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
"The awards recognise members of the community who go above and beyond the call of service in their professional and private lives," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.
"These people have sacrificed a lot to help their communities."
Mandy Maurer, co-owner of the Rock Off indoor skate centre in Hervey Bay was recognised for her efforts to organise and run Youth Week events in April.
"Mandy was instrumental in organising the events," Cr O'Connell said.
Mrs Maurer praised the youths who attended the events.
"The youths are the ones that make it work and worthwhile," she said.
"It is wonderful to see all the kids getting on together."
Brad Dyson and Paul Wallace were recognised for their work during and after the flood and tornado ripped through Burrum Heads on the Australia Day weekend.
"Paul Wallace used his earthmoving equipment to help clean up after the tornado hit Burrum Heads and Raintree Acres and Pacific Haven after the floods," Division 5 councillor Rolf Light said.
"Brad Dyson was a focal point for the community, rallying people, galvanising them into action and providing a link between the many council and State Government agencies helping to restore order and the community who were hungry for answers and news.
"He was able to use humour to keep people's spirits up and everyone connected.
"Even now, months after the incident, they are still helping."