Greg Klease named shire's top citizen



HE has cross-dressed, ridden a bed and lit up the sky with fireworks, and last night Greg Klease was named Calliope Shire's citizen of the year.

The awards were announced at an invitation-only awards night conducted in the Boyne Island Community Centre.

Mr Klease received the award because of his many fund-raising activities during the past 20 years, which included raising $100,000 through the Emerald hospital bed push and $210,000 for Roseberry House. Other activities included a mock debutante ball where he cross-dressed to help raise $20,000 for the Variety Club. A licensed pyrotechnician, he has also organised firework shows in Gladstone, Mt Larcom and Boyne Island.

Darren McMutrie took the Young Citizen of the Year Award. He has been involved in training younger members of Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club in resuscitation and bronze medallions. He is also a member of the Tannum Rural Fire Brigade and the SES.

Leigh Hunt took out the Sport Award.

In 2004 she was selected for the under 25 Queensland rifle shooting team to compete in Sydney for the second time, finishing third overall.

The Cultural Award went to Lorna McGrath the co-director and artistic director for Shoreline Theatre and the Drama Room.



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