THE Gladstone Municipal Band filled the foyer of the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre with wonderful brassy tunes before the Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day Awards.
Nominees for the awards were nervous and honoured to be there.
There were 34 new Australians waiting to be handed their citizenship certificate.
Marley Davison from Colombia was excited for the ceremony ahead.
"I'm not nervous," she said.
"I am just looking forward to going through ceremony."
Michael Henson had driven up from Agnes Water as a nominee for the Arts and Culture Award.
"We are just happy to be here," he said.
"I wasn't sure if we were going to get through the flood waters. Luckily the water levels had gone down by the time we left."