Australia Day Award winners announced

Published on 26 January 2019


 The 2019 Central Goldfields Shire Australia Day Award winners were officially announced at a celebration at the Station Domain in Maryborough this morning.

Australia Day awards were presented in three categories - Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (chosen by community judging panel) and Community Award of the Year.

The recipients are:

Citizen of the Year – MR DAN LEDDIN

Dan Leddin has made significant contributions to the Maryborough community over the past 20 years.

He has been Maryborough Golf Club member since 1997 and has been a valued member and presenter of community radio station, Goldfields FM, for the past seven years.

He has held several positions at the Golf Club, including President and Director of Golf.

Dan spends two days a week teaching local school students about radio and allows them to participate in broadcasts. This program is now part of the curriculums at Highview College and Mayborough Education Centre.

Dan was named the Goldfields Region Sports Association’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year, is a Life Member of the Maryborough Golf Club and Goldfields FM and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for his community services.

Young Citizen of the Year – LACHLAN STEED 

Lachlan Steed is involved in several committees around Maryborough including Maryborough Theatre Company, which he is President of, Blue Ribbon Foundation Maryborough Branch and Relay for Life Maryborough.

A past Queen’s Scout, Lachlan has hosted multiple community events such as Maryborough’s Relay for Life and Carols by Candlelight, which he has helped organise, Maryborough Arts Society concerts and the Shire’s Australia Day celebrations.

Lachlan often plays at community events in a family band and is a volunteer in the Energy Breakthrough’s media team where he writes articles on visiting schools and conducts on-camera interviews with participants.


Community Award of the Year – DAUGHTERS OF THE WEST

Daughters of the West was a 10-week community health program for women aged 18 and over and was run by Maryborough District Health Service during 2018.

Each week, local women participated in a two-hour session to hear from cancer specialists and guest speakers from the Heart Foundation and participate in a physical activity session.

The program aimed to encourage local women to participate in physical activity and link them with other services in the community that they can engage with.