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One day left to choose your Ipswich hero

2012 Ipswich Australia Day Awards. Mayor Paul Pisasale congratulates Citizen of the Year Robyn Flashman.
2012 Ipswich Australia Day Awards. Mayor Paul Pisasale congratulates Citizen of the Year Robyn Flashman. David Nielsen

IPSWICH residents have one day left to nominate the city's inspiring and selfless citizens for the Australia Day Awards 2013.

Mayor Paul Pisasale encouraged people to take the opportunity to recognise the city's quiet achievers.

"These awards recognise outstanding persons or organisations who make a meaningful contribution to the community," he said.

"Anyone can nominate a person or organisation.

"People who have been dedicated volunteers in community groups are especially deserving of recognition.

"Nominations can include those who volunteer their time to sporting clubs, education support, and work in the areas of environment, arts, entertainment, science and technology."

He said the awards, which had been a hallmark for the city for decades, recognised inspiring and selfless people who contributed to developing Ipswich's sense of place and well-being.

Nominations are open for Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, the Cultural Award and Sports Award.

Regard will be given to the nominee's achievements in 2012 and their past and ongoing contribution to the Ipswich community.

 

NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS:

  • Nominations can be made online at ipswich.qld.gov.au.
  • Forms can also be collected at Ipswich City Council's Customer Service Centre, divisional offices and libraries, but must be returned by Friday, December 7.
  • Winners will be announced at the Ipswich Australia Day Award Ceremony to be held on Monday, January 21, 2013.

 

Robyn Flashman, 2012 Citizen of the Year

FOR IPSWICH Little Theatre stalwart Robyn Flashman, the Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the city's unsung volunteer community.

Mrs Flashman was named the Citizen of the Year 2012 for her life-long dedication to the growing theatre society.

She joined the Ipswich Little Theatre in 1970 and has given more than 40 years service to the community organisation that performs at the iconic Incinerator building.

Mrs Flashman has been a member of the building committee for 33 years and group liaison officer for the past 20 years. She was given life membership to the theatre in 1985.

In the citation for her award it said that her work as a volunteer was "nothing short of amazing".

Mrs Flashman was also recognised for having helped raise almost one million dollars for local community groups.

"I love the work I do at the theatre - it's my hobby and I've always enjoyed doing it," the Tivoli resident said.

"To win the award was a complete surprise.

"The Australia Day Awards are the way our city celebrates its citizens, not only those

who win awards, but a celebration of all volunteers in the community."

 

Nick Mohr, 2007 Young Citizen of the Year

SINCE winning Young Citizen of the Year in 2007, Nick Mohr continues to serve as an inspirational role model through his dedication to the Ipswich youth community.

He has worked tirelessly with disadvantaged youth and would spend his weekends volunteering with the S-Troupe Theatre Group, a drama society for disabled children.

The 22-year-old volunteered at the Focal Extended Vacation Care Program during his school holidays where he also entertained and assisted disabled youth.

Having recently completed a Bachelor of Education and Drama, Mr Mohr now has his sights set on a career as a teacher where he hoped to ensure equal opportunities for students of all backgrounds in the classroom.

He said he was honoured to be named Young Citizen of Year considering the calibre of volunteers in Ipswich who devoted their lives to the community.

"It is great there is recognition

out there for people who deserve it," Mr Mohr said.


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