Maxine Brushe named the Gladstone Region’s 2017 Citizen of the Year

Well-known Tannum Sands resident Maxine Brushe has been named Gladstone Regional Council’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.

Mrs Brushe received the top Australia Day Award tonight at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett congratulated Mrs Brushe on winning the prestigious award.

“Maxine is highly deserving of the Citizen of the Year accolade for her extensive and continuous voluntary efforts, achievements and contributions to the community,” Councillor Burnett said.

“She displays all the qualities we seek in a Citizen of the Year, has actively led and started community organisations and has held various committee positions in many regional organisations and groups.”

Cr Burnett thanked Mrs Brushe for her dedication and commitment to assist a broad cross-section of the community.

“Maxine is well respected as a mentor who readily encourages others to become involved in community projects,” he said.

“Many community projects and initiatives have greatly benefitted from Maxine’s efforts, diligence and commitment.”

Mrs Brushe said some of her proudest achievements have included completion of Bindaree Lodge Aged Care, the success of Beach Arts Music (BAM), establishing the ANZAC Memorial at Boyne Island and working towards the continuation of ANZAC Day services and involvement as a Board Member of the Calliope and District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank.

Mrs Brushe has been a former Councillor with Gladstone Regional Council and Calliope Shire Council.

“Maxine is highly regarded within the Gladstone Region and since retiring from Gladstone Regional Council has continued to generously devote hours of her time towards community work,” Cr Burnett said.
Also on the night, Jasmine Elliott, 16, was named Gladstone Regional Council’s 2017 Young Citizen of the Year.

Cr Burnett commended Jasmine on her active involvement in numerous local groups and youth organisations.

“Jasmine is a valued member of her school community who has successfully balanced outstanding music and academic achievements, leadership roles and community service,” he said.

“She is an exceptional role model and inspiration to others and enthusiastically participates in community campaigns and events.

“Jasmine displays a mature approach to volunteering and continually searches for ways to assist others less fortunate.”

Cr Burnett said Jasmine possessed a drive and determination beyond her years and the accomplished young resident had received many accolades and awards in past years in recognition of her achievements.

“Jasmine has confidently created and led successful community projects, strives to make a positive impact in her community and is motivated by her desire to make a difference.”

Cr Burnett congratulated all of Council’s 2017 Australia Day Award nominees for their outstanding individual achievements and community contributions.

“Congratulations to all of our award nominees for their exceptional efforts, accomplishments and their selfless contributions to the Gladstone Region,” he said.

Winners of Gladstone Regional Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards are: 

  • Citizen of the Year: Maxine Brushe
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Jasmine Elliott
  • Arts & Culture Award: Jenny Garrett
  • Senior Sportsperson Award: Nicole Lowe
  • Young Sportsperson Award: Sarah Chivers
  • Sports Official: Lisa Yasso
  • Community Event or Initiative: Friends of Bindaree Garage Sales
  • Community Volunteer Award: Catherine Hamilton