Australia Day celebrations held in Killarney
KILLARNEY residents came out to celebrate Australia Day in Killarney last Monday with a Breakfast in the Park to start the day along with Billy Tea and Damper.
Around 180 residents showed their support of the annual events as they sat through a rather warm morning in the Pat Bush Bi-Centennial Park in Killarney.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg addressed the crowd and thanked them for coming along and celebrating Australia Day and supporting this wonderful event the Killarney Lions Club put on each year.
Mr Springborg spoke on achievements and awards that were presented today nationally, but there is also a lot of work that goes on in small communities like here at Killarney and it is great to see how the Lions Club can recognise these people each year.
Joining Mr Springborg on stage to make an address to the crowd was Southern Downs Regional Council Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley.
Cr Bartley also said how it's great to see these small communities celebrate Australia Day and also thanked the people for coming along and supporting the Killarney Australia day Celebrations and Awards Ceremony.
Southern Downs Regional Council was also represented at Killarney Australia Day Celebrations with Councillors Jamie Mackenzie and Vic Pennisi attending and talking with local residents throughout the morning.
Killarney Lions Club 2015 Australia Day Citizen Award was presented to Shirley Ballard who continues to be involved with community organisations in Killarney such as the Show Society, Red Cross, Senior Citizens, Ladies Church Auxiliary and volunteers at the St Vincent DePaul's in Killarney.
Having a love for riding horses saw Holly Wickham take out the Killarney Lions Club 2015 Australia Day Junior Sport Award, Holly took out 1st Place in the Darling downs Interschool Regional Championship Equestrian Secondary Novice dressage, 1st Place Qld Interschool State Championships, selected in the Qld interschool equestrian Team for third consecutive year, represented Qld at National Championships for second time in 2014.
The Killarney Lions Club 2015 Australia Day community Event Award was presented to the Killarney and District Historical Society Inc for their unveiling of the two bullocks which have been dedicated to the bullockies and the timber industry. This has been a project for the Society for a while and was finished early last year with an unveiling in May which saw around 100 people coming from near and far to be part of the day.
Rod Petersen and A2B Allan Taylor, Bonnie Fitzgerald and Mal Lingard entertained throughout the morning singing Aussie songs.
Ebony Wickham who was runner up at the CCMA Talent Quest for Junior Female Vocalist at Tamworth last week performed some of her favourite songs.