Locals shine in biggest ever Caloundra Community Awards
State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has congratulated the local community for their outstanding representation in the seventh annual Caloundra Electorate Community Awards. In the largest ever showing, 200 people filled the CCSA Hall on Friday to hear the winners announced for each of the nine award categories, which were selected from 83 individual nominations.
“These Awards are about recognising the best of the best in our community and I am continually inspired by the people who are nominated each year.” Mr McArdle said.
Twenty-four individual students and three youth groups from across the Caloundra Electorate were nominated this year in the two youth categories, Young Achieve and Young Sports Achiever. Samantha Hutton from Pacific Lutheran College took out the Young Achiever Award for her commitment to mentoring young nippers through the Dicky Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
Holly Lubcke from Glasshouse Christian College was recognised as the 2019 Young Sport Achiever for her outstanding achievements in Cross Country Mountain Bike riding. This year Holly competed in the Junior World Series held in South Africa where she achieved a third placing. Recently she was selected on the Australian Cycling Team where she competed in the World Championships held in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada. She placed 2nd in the Australian National Championships and is currently in the lead of the National Series.
Sunshine Coast Falcon’s captain Dane Hogan was recognised in the adult Sport Achiever category this year. Dane has been competing in the Queensland Cup for the better part of a decade, lacing up for sides including the Northern Pride, Mackay Cutters, Easts Tigers and the Falcons. He's a valued and steadfast leader for the Sunshine Coast and has earned the captaincy honour for his third stint.
Across the three community award categories 30 groups and individuals were nominated for their dedication to supporting residents through volunteering, support programs and special events. There are many great events across the Sunshine Coast, but Velvet Country Music’s annual charity concert took out this year’s Community Event of the Year. Over seven events Velvet Country Music have donated $32,000 to various worthy causes including Dove Cottage, LifeFlight and Ronald McDonald.
Dianne Clapp of Resolve Fitness at the Caloundra RSL was award Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to supporting seniors in their fitness journey - helping them maintain mobility, independence and freedom while having access to social activities. Dianne’s nominator said she is kind, generous with her time and champion for aging gracefully.
Gateway Care Limited was awarded the Community Group of the Year award. Gateway Care’s Food Centre and Café in Caloundra West provides low cost groceries, coffee and cooked meals to more than 5,000 members, which equates to between 170 – 200 people per day accessing the Centre due to finding it tough to make ends meet.
In the Environmental Contributor category, the Beerwah-Glasshouse Country chapter of grassroots organisation Boomerang Bags took out the award for their work to reduce our community’s single use plastic by hand crafting shopping bags from pre-loved fabrics.
Beloved family business Landsborough Pool Supplies were awarded Business Achiever of the Year. Ron and Jan Horne have recently celebrated 15 years in business in Landsborough working alongside their two daughters Dee and Ally, three granddaughters and family friend Leila Josey. Customers know when they visit Landsborough Pool Supplies, they are not only getting trusted service but great friendship as well.
To cap off the morning’s celebration of outstanding community achievers, Graeme Bowden of The BookShop at Caloundra was honoured with the top award of Caloundra Hall of Fame Identity.
“Graeme and his wife Chris have served the Caloundra community as passionate book sellers for the past 31 years,’ Mr McArdle said.
“Graeme has contributed to the INDIES Book Awards as a reviewer for many years and he actively encourages local authors by selling their books and invites many of them to hold book signings as the shop.
“Over the years he has enriched our community by working closely with libraries and publishers to bring authors to our region and Graeme does so as both a book seller but importantly as a book lover.
“I am so proud to be part of a great community that works so well together and tend to look after each other.” Mr McArdle said.
“I would like to thank our sponsors at Caloundra RSL Services Club, Caloundra Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Henzells Agency for helping to make these awards possible.”
“Again, thank you and congratulations to each of our winners and all the nominees for their hard work helps make Caloundra the wonderful place it is,” Mr McArdle concluded
2019 Caloundra Electorate Community Award Winners
Young Achiever of the Year: Samantha Hutton from Pacific Lutheran College
Young Sport Achiever of the Year: Holly Lubcke from Glasshouse Christian College
Sports Achiever of the Year: Dane Hogan of the Sunshine Coast Falcons
Community Volunteer of the Year: Dianne Clapp of Resolve Fitness
Community Group of the Year: Gateway Care Limited
Community Event of the Year: Velvet Country Music Charity Concert
Environmental Achiever of the Year: Boomerang Bags Beerwah - Glasshouse Country
Business Achiever of the Year: Landsborough Pool Supplies
Caloundra Hall of Fame Identity: Graeme Bowden