Gold Coast City Australia Day Awards
2014 Australia Day Awards
About the Awards
City of Gold Coast’s annual Australia Day Awards program recognises and honours the outstanding achievement of individuals within the Gold Coast community.
The awards identify excellence in sporting, environmental and cultural endeavours, as well as naming the Gold Coast Citizen of the Year and Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year.
The 2014 Australia Day Award Winners
The following winners were announced at an awards ceremony breakfast on Friday 17 January at The Arts Centre Gold Coast:
Gold Coast Citizen of the Year
Asking himself if there was life after local government, retired CEO Paul Stevens found the answer in devoting himself to the community and he was recognised for his civic and charity work, as the 2014 Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.
Formerly Chief Executive Officer City of Gold Coast from 1998 until his retirement in 2003, Paul now participates significantly in community life through his involvement in numerous boards, committees, institutes and trusts. Paul has carried out honorary work as Secretary/Treasurer of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, since 1999. He is the founding member of The Jonathan Foundation and The Good Life Village and for many years has been involved in a voluntary capacity with Gold Coast Sport and Recreation Inc.
Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year
Zachary has excelled in a wide range of community, sporting and academic pursuits, and he has made an enormous contribution to Gold Coast beach safety through his involvement with the Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Currently studying for a Bachelor of Engineering, Zachary is an active member of the club, through volunteer patrol hours and in mentoring future life savers through the club’s junior activities. He has completed over 1230 rostered and voluntary patrolling hours and over 600 water safety volunteer hours.
Andrew and Gregory Bell
Gold FM Community Service Award
For the past 20 years Andrew and Gregory Bell have supported the Queensland Muscular Dystrophy Association and have raised almost $3 million to date through the Annual Gala Ball and Charity Auction.
For more than seven years they have helped raise funds for the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club to purchase essential equipment. They have raised $550,000 through the Annual Sportsman's Lunch and Auction.
Sports Achievement Award
The Sports Achievement Award has gone to Peter Hallet for his unwavering commitment to the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club. For 33 years Peter has been involved in lifesaving every weekend, in training, mentoring, coaching and patrolling. Peter's selfless passion to Gold Coast surf clubs and Queensland Surf Life Saving, has directly benefitted the community.
Tarrabora Reserve Bushcare Group
Environmental Achievement Award
The Environmental Achievement Award has gone to Tarrabora Reserve Bushcare Group, a volunteer Landcare group working in partnership with the City of Gold Coast. The group consists of 20 members who assist with environmental weed management and the revegetation of native plants within Tarrabora Reserve, Palm Beach. The group have planted over 8000 native plants and have successfully restored Tarrabora from a once barren open landscape to a haven for wildlife and a popular park for locals and tourists.
Cultural Achievement Award
The Cultural Achievement Award went to Nao Hirano, who has worked closely with the community for over 15 years. Since migrating from Japan he has been a valued community member, adding exceptional value to culture and the arts by actively leading or partnering with community events and programs.