Hundreds salute day
SPRINGSURE’S Australia Day ceremony saw Max Mayne named as 2011 Citizen of the Year.
A larrikin to the core, the property owner of Mayneland outside Rolleston was “humbled” by the honour.,
A worthy recipient, Mr Mayne provided outstanding assistance to floodbound residents during the 2010 and 2011 events, while his own farming operation was severely damaged and crops were lost.
In the sporting ranks, Steven Biles’ reputation as a breeder and trainer of working dogs while managing the Rockland Springs property, saw him named the Senior Sportsperson of the Year.
Biles is the current Australian Working Dog Champion after taking the crown at Bauhinia Downs in 2010.
Rolleston’s Peter Copping was named the Junior Sportsperson of the Year as a result of his list of achievements in rugby league, rugby union, cross country and athletics.
The Springsure Virgin Rock Virgins were the worthy recipients of the Community Event of the Year.
The Angel Flight team raised more than $13,000 with the Chicken and Champagne Gala Garden Party.
More than 100 residents attended the free Australia Day breakfast at the Bauhinia Memorial Hall as last year’s Citizen of the Year, Wo Jeppesen, raised the flag.
A minutes silence was observed for the victims of the recent flood disasters before the formalities got under way.
Springsure ambulance officer Vaughan Mason was the guest speaker and gave residents an insight into his transition from radiator fitter to advanced care paramedic.
The ceremony was followed by a very successful billy cart dash.
‘The ceremony was followed by a very successful billy cart dash.’