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Lloyd Larney named
Citizen of the Year

by Cameron Outridge

Maleny’s Lloyd Larney was recognised as Caloundra City’s Citizen of the Year in a special ceremony as part of the mammoth 13 hour Australia Day celebrations at Kings Beach Park.

Mr Larney has spent much of his life serving both the Maleny community and, during his time with the RAAF, his country. Last year, the 74-year-old received an Australia Day Achievement Award, and was also a Centenary Medal Award recipient. Mr Larney’s work in the community started more than 30 years ago, when he became a member of the Maleny State School Parents and Citizens Committee. His association with childdren continued with the Maleny Scouts where he served as an assistant leader for a decade. Mr Larney has also been involved with the Maleny Bowls Club, the Rotary Club of Maleny, SES, Meals on Wheels, the Maleny Show Society, Maleny RSL Sub-branch and Neighbourhood Watch.

During the late 70s and early 80s, he founded a number of organisations including the Maleny SES and Uniting Church Committee on the Aging.

Maleny's Lloyd Larney, left with Mayor Don Aldous

Seven Australia Day Awards of achievement went to Caloundra City residents who have made contributions in areas such as culture, sport and community service.   This year Council received 43 nominations.

Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous said it was heartening to see residents recognising their fellow citizens whose efforts often go unnoticed in the community.

“There are so many quiet achievers in Caloundra City, all working for the good of the community and these Awards are a great opportunity to give them the credit they deserve,” he said.

The Citizen of the Year Award is presented to a person 27 years and over, who has made a noteworthy contribution during the past year and/or who has given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Beerwah student wins
Junior Sports Award

Beerwah State High School student Lindsay Sutton was awarded the Caloundra City Australia Day Junior Sports Award for 2004.

The award recognises a noteworthy record of achievement in sport by a person not more than 18 years of age.   Fourteen-year-old Lindsay has proved that having a disability is no obstacle to achieving athletic success.

Lindsay has won eight gold medals, two bronze and a silver in State level discus, shotput and javelin competitions.   He also holds Queensland Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association records for under-14 shotput and under-16 discus and javelin.   The Year 10 student attends the Beerwah State High School, where he’s supported by staff in the Special Needs Unit.

Australian Governor General Michael Jeffery presents
the award to Lindsay Sutton

• This year’s recipient of the Caloundra City Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award for 2004 is Laree-Anne Gadenne from Little Mountain.

• Caloundra Little Athletics Club’s Shane Lee is the recipient of this year’s Sports Administrator Award, which recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to sport as a coach, official or administrator.

• This year’s recipient of the Caloundra City Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award for 2004 is Laree-Anne Gadenne from Little Mountain.

• The Junior Cultural Award was also won by Young Citizen of the Year Laree-Anne Gadenne.

• Buddina’s Vernon Wells was the recipient of this year’s Sports Award. Vernon represented Australia in the 2003 World Transplant Games in France, entering the maximum number of events.

• The Community Event of the Year was The James Morrison - Jazz in the Park Concert, organised by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.