BRUCE Hunt was rewarded for his 45 years of dedication to the Gladstone community by being named the Gladstone Regional Council's 2015 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
Mr Hunt's involvement in voluntary community service started in 1970 as president of the South Gladstone State School P&C.
He has focused on youth and art; he has been president of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum Society since its inception in 1987.
Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said Mr Hunt dedicated an extensive number of years to assist the community.
"His involvement in voluntary community service in Gladstone for 45 years is certainly impressive and during this time," she said.
"Mr Hunt enthusiastically led many of the groups he has been associated with."
He was instrumental in uniting Gladstone P&C Associations to approach the State Government about the district's future education needs.
Cr Sellers said Mr Hunt assisted the wider community with dedication, commitment and benevolence.
"Council is highly appreciative of the many years of voluntary community service which Mr Hunt has selflessly given and has continued to provide strongly since his retirement in 1997," she said.
"Mr Hunt is certainly deserving of the Citizen of the Year title and council congratulates and thanks him for his invaluable contributions to the Gladstone Region."
The Golding Showcase was one of many significant initiatives he has heavily contributed to.
It exhibits high school artwork and has created a bursary establish a bursary for young artists progressing to tertiary education.
Mr Hunt has been heavily involved in the Gladstone Literacy Centre.
He has been focused on providing more opportunities for children through education and learning.
His work has made it possible for generations of children to reach their potential and live more fulfilling lives.
Mr Hunt is a past president of the South Gladstone Rotary, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 1993 and 2012.
He has held the Rotary club's position of Community Service Director since 2012 and Youth Service Director since 2014.
Cr Sellers said he was selected ahead of a strong field of candidates.
"All Citizens of the Year nominees have made exceptional public contributions and council thanks each individual for their outstanding community involvement."
Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day Award winners:
- Citizen of the Year: Bruce Hunt
- Young Citizen of the Year: Hannah Gregory
- Arts and Cultural Award: Michael Henson
- Seniors Sportsperson Award: Catriona Newell
- Young Sportsperson Award: Lindsay Mathison
- Sports Official Award: Mel Robeck
- Community Event of Initiative Award: Boyne Tannum Hookup
- Community Volunteer Award: Anna Turetschek