Award recipient close to tears

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

RITA Moller was close to tears when she was named the Australia Day Citizen of the Year yesterday.

Mrs Moller was given the award because of her tireless efforts as a volunteer with the Friends of Visitor Services at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

'I didn't expect it because there are so many others who are deserving out there,' Mrs Moller said at yesterday's Australia Day festivities.

Mrs Moller said she did not feel she was worthy of the recognition because she enjoyed what she did and did not see it as work.

In accepting her award the local volunteer dedicated it to those who helped in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami. She also encouraged others to take up the challenge of volunteering in the community.

Mrs Moller was among a number of people recognised for their service to the community at the awards ceremony in the Gladstone Entertainment Centre yesterday.

CITIZEN of the Year award: Rita Moller Recognised for her years of volunteer work within the Gladstone community.

Young Citizen of the Year award: Nathan Paull Recognised for his outstanding achievements at school. Community Event of Year award: Our Special Seniors ? The Observer and Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum.

Sports Award: Steve Kanowski A local rugby league referee who has also refereed at a Central Queensland extended league level.

Junior Sports award: Dayna Lawrie A local gymnast who has reached state representative level.

Sports Administrator award: Brian Van Der Weide Recognised for his dedication to local volley ball.

Cultural Award: Wendy Wootton Rewarded for years of dedication to the community through her involvement with local choirs.

Junior Cultural Award: Steve Shannon A member of the Gladstone Municipal band and school bands.



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