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2019 Citizen of the Year Joyce Brogden Presented with Award

Mayor Joyce McCulloch was delighted to present Mount Isa’s 2019 Citizen of the Year, Joyce Brogden, with her certificate, medallion and pin on Tuesday afternoon.


“Mrs Brogden devotes extraordinary amounts of her time to look after native animals, including orphaned or injured kangaroo and wallaby joeys, and has done so for more than 30 years,” Cr McCulloch said.


“She doesn’t do this work for any acclaim or recognition – she just has a love for native wildlife. She is a true unsung hero of our community.


“She is a most deserving recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, and the community is incredibly grateful for everything she does to nurse native wildlife back to health so that they can be released back into the wild.


“I know the selection committee had a very easy decision to make when it came to choosing this year’s Citizen of the Year.


“Unfortunately, due to her commitments as part of North West Wildlife Carers, Mrs Brogden couldn’t make it to our Australia Day ceremony last month, so we decided to personally present her with the certificate, medallion and pin instead.”


Cr McCulloch visited Mrs Brogden’s home to personally deliver and officially present her with the items.


Mrs Brogden thanked Cr McCulloch and everyone involved for the honour.


She is currently looking after 22 animals, including several red kangaroos, rock wallabies, a young brushtail possum, and a diamond dove.


She said she started looking after native wildlife about 30 years ago, after a neighbour brought in an injured kangaroo, which Mrs Brogden ended up naming Wilhelmina.


Since then she has cared for and nursed hundreds of animals, marsupials and birds, which are brought in from across the Mount Isa area as well as from the Cloncurry and Dajarra districts.