Icon is recognised

TOP CITIZEN: Taroom resident Ashley Adcock has been named Banana Shire Citizen of the Year.
TOP CITIZEN: Taroom resident Ashley Adcock has been named Banana Shire Citizen of the Year.

TAROOM identity Ashley Adcock was named Banana Shire Citizen of the Year on Tuesday at a ceremony at council.

The awards were supposed to be announced at the Baralaba Australia Day celebrations but were postponed due to flooding.

Ashley, who owns the Dawson Valley Roadhouse and the Country Rest Cabins, said he was surprised to receive the award.

"I didn't expect to get it," he said.

The Taroom icon has always been heavily involved in the community.

"I just love country towns. I have been here all my life."

Ashley has always had ties to the town since being born in the back of a 1954 Ford Customline on the Taroom-Wandoan Road.

"It's a good place to live."

Ashley has been involved in a lot of community organisations and projects around Taroom, including the Taroom Fire Brigade for 37years.

He has been the Taroom State School P&C president, a member of the Taroom Lions club, golf club, bowls club, Apex and the Taroom District and Development Association. Ashley also regularly donates his audio-equipment to help out at community events like the Taroom races, at funerals, school events, during ANZAC Day and for ballet concerts.

As a dedicated Taroom resident, Ashley has never missed a town show in his 53 years. Ashley was nominated for the award by his wife Wendy.

This is the second year in a row a Taroom resident has taken out the title of Banana Shire Citizen of the year after Adam Clark took out the title last year.

Ray Becker, Claire Beckenridge and Jane Shannon were also nominated.

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