2021 Winners

2021 Australia Day Award Recipients & new Citizen

Citizen of the Year – Sally Kirkwood

Sally has an unwavering commitment as a club person and community member. Through her work at the Towers Jockey Club as Secretary, PR Officer and CEO of sorts, the Towers Jockey Club was able to secure over $1 million in funding from the federal government and Racing Queensland.


Young Citizen of the Year – Bree-Anna Meehan

Bree-Anna is a proud local resident and an active member of the community. She regularly volunteers at the Saint Vincent DePaul shop, Dalrymple Villa and at St Columba's Parish.  She has been a member of her school Student Representative Council since 2015, 2020 Diocesan Youth Ambassador, part of her school debating team, netball, touch and tennis teams and umpire’s netball in the local competition.


Cultural Person of the Year – Lyn Huxley

Lyn is the go-to person for the Salvos and the Choristers, for physical, financial and emotional help.  Always willing, hugely efficient, kind and caring.  Lyn shows how to commit to helping others with kindness, sweat, time given, and with better methods to get the job done and she does it all always with a smile on her face


Sports Administrator of the Year – Kay Lenitschek

Kay has represented the game of touch over the past 30 years at local, region and state level and has been a member of the local committee for 25 years.  She has taken on the role of coach/manager to ensure our kids have an opportunity to represent at a higher level. Despite working long hours, Kay still finds time to ensure that she is at the fields early enough to set out the fields for the weekly competitions. 


Young Sports Person of the Year – Jackson Walsh

Jackson is an all-round sportsman placing 2nd at the Queensland Motocross Titles.  Jackson was selected to represent Charters Towers district for AFL however that event was cancelled due to COVID.  Jackson was School age champion for Athletics and swimming and interschool age champion for swimming and runner-up in Athletics. 


Community Event of the Year - Columba Catholic College CSPA – COVID Recovery Food, Wine and Wares Fair

The event was the first event following the COVID outbreak and subsequent lockdowns to be successfully run.  With all of the uncertainty of the lockdowns planning for an event was risky but the CSPA and the College forged ahead and planned to run the event always knowing that they may have to cancel last minute.  Having an event where businesses could get out there and let the community know they were open for business was an important stepping-stone in the recovery of the community.