Gladstone’s Australia Day Award Winners

Gladstone’s Australia Day Award Winners

Congratulations to all the Australia Day Award Winners for 2021!


Citizen of the Year – Liz Cunningham

Liz has committed her time to the community for many years across a variety of community groups including Calliope Rotary Club, Gladstone Central Committee of the Aging, Boyne Tannum Artscape Committee, Rio Tinto Here for Gladstone, Qld Retired Police – Gladstone Branch, National Serviceman’s Association – Gladstone Branch, Gladstone Cancer Council – Relay for Life, Port Curtis Historical Society, Gladstone Chaplaincy.

It is this dedication to multiple groups (and her ability to make a great cake!) which have found her nominated.


Mayor’s Young Citizen of the Year – Abbi Willis

Abbi is an inspiring young citizen with a passion for reducing the stigma of mental health and who champions our Region’s Youth.

She has been a Gladstone Region Youth Council member for the past two years and this year she holds the position of Deputy Chair.

Abbi has participated in Council’s shared initiative with Headspace – the Avenue to Awareness project – for two years in a row and is a Volunteer Leader for the Youth of the CCRDFV (Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence).


Arts and Culture Award – Robyn Addison

Robyn is the current vocal coach for the community musical, Legally Blonde, and was the vocal coach for the 2020 Combined Schools Musical, Wizard of Oz – managing to get more than 80 students to sing in a seven-part harmony.

Robyn has shown great commitment to musicals being involved in the orchestra pit for community and combined schools’ musicals for over 15 years.

There are many in our community whose musical lives are enriched from their interactions with Robyn.


Young Sportsperson Award – Nicholas Crane

Nick is an all-round sports star as well as an inspirational role model for others.

Nick performs at the highest level in many sports such as tennis, volleyball, touch football and athletics.

In 2020, Nick made the Queensland team for tennis.



Sports Official Award – Deborah Creighton

Deb is currently in the role of Administrator at Gladstone and District Hockey Association.

She has been in this role for several years but has also done a lot of work in other areas, such as coaching, managing representative teams, running and helping in the canteen and much more.

In 2020, Deb was awarded a Queensland Hockey Community Award for her outstanding contribution to the positive culture of hockey.


Community Event or Initiative Award – Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Association Inc.

The Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary has been working in the Gladstone community raising funds for Gladstone Hospital since 1958.

In that time, they have worked within the hospital environment working with the staff assisting in doing nonclinical, but highly time-consuming jobs that take front line staff away from their roles.

They have also been working within the community, raising funds to purchase essential equipment that is used here in Gladstone.

Since 2011, the Auxiliary has purchased equipment for the hospital valued in excess of $212,000.


Community Volunteer Award – Bob Pailthorpe

Bobby has been a volunteer since leaving school more than 50 years ago.

Bobby supports our community by offering his services to speak and announce at events, cleaning up after community activities and by supporting Gladstone News with the delivery of their fortnightly corflutes around the region.