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Deserving Mount Isans Recognised at Australia Day Awards

Mayor Joyce McCulloch says she is delighted to announce that Joyce Brogden is the 2019 Citizen of the Year, saying the vital work she does for Northwest Wildlife Carers is exemplary.


Mrs Brogden, a registered wildlife carer, is committed to, and passionate about, the cause of wildlife rescue and has cared for hundreds of animals over more than a decade, nursing them back to full health so they can be released back into the wild.


“Joyce has been helping injured or abandoned native animals for many years but has never sought recognition for her work,” Cr McCulloch said.


“Joyce is a true unsung hero in the community. She puts in many hours caring for these injured native animals because of her dedication to Australian wildlife.”


Seventeen-year-old Braith Anderson is this year’s Young Citizen of the Year.


Last year, Braith graduated from Good Shepherd Catholic College with an OP of 4, the school’s highest of the year.


Braith is also pursuing music as a hobby, creating pieces in the genres of electronic dance music and melodic dubstep, with two of his songs recently picked up by international pop artist Kendra Black for inclusion in her future album.


“Braith’s Principal at Good Shepherd, Peter Scott, says Braith’s OP reflects his consistently rigorous and independent efforts, and that he attained excellent academic results, achieving consistently well across all of his subjects and graduating top of his class,” Cr McCulloch said.


“Braith also demonstrated outstanding capacities in Information Communication and Technologies and won academic prizes for several subjects, including Senior Mathematics in 2017 and 2018.


“Braith is an outstanding and highly respected young man and I congratulate him for his academic success.


“He has a strong and bright future ahead of him and I’m sure he will succeed in whichever career path and future endeavours he chooses.”


The 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year is Brother Lou Walker from the Mount Isa Christian Brothers.


Born Kevin Walker in Queenstown, New Zealand, Br Walker has been a fixture of the Mount Isa community for more than 30 years and has been with the Christian Brothers ministry for more than 60 years.

Br Walker taught at St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School for more than three decades – and even designed its logo, which is still in use to this day.


Although in semi-retirement, Br Walker still actively helps the primary school, such as with its Mother’s Day Fete, archives, school carnivals and even with the sprinkler system.


“Br Walker has taught several generations of students at St Kieran’s, and it’s a reflection of his spirit and character, as well as his dedication to the school community, that, even in semi-retirement, he’s still doing whatever he can to help out,” Cr McCulloch said.


“He is gracious, obliging, humble and selfless, and is a most deserving recipient of this year’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award.”


The Senior Sports Award recipient is Patricia (Trish) Richards, who is an active volunteer and leader with the Brothers Rugby League and Pirates softball teams, and a highly respected Indigenous community leader.


The Junior Sports Award goes to Patrick Roche, 15, who is an Australian champion martial artist and an assistant instructor with Sikaran Martial Arts Mount Isa. He helps new students learn the ropes, teaching them the basics as well as the rules of the dojo. He also fundraised every weekend for 12 months so his whole team could attend the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation World Titles in Hawaii in July 2018. Although a junior student in age, Patrick holds the rank of Senior Green Belt 2nd Class, the second-highest ranked student under 18 at the club.


The Arts and Culture Award 2019 goes to Kate Hartley, who, as well as being a music and drama teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, is president of the Mount Isa Eisteddfod Association and a talented singer in her own right. Kate regularly performs at local community events, such as RSL events, Australia Day, the Mayor’s Christmas Lunch for Seniors, and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.


The Southern Gulf NRM Sarus Crane Award goes to Jesse Osborn, who is the Mount Isa Landcare vice-president and volunteers for many local Landcare activities, such as tackling weeds in areas including the Corella River, Rifle Creek Station and West Leichhardt Station. More recently, Jesse volunteered to help complete two heritage projects erecting signage at Kuridala and Mary Kathleen.


The recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Mount Isa Award is Khovy Inthavong. Khovy has lived in Mount Isa for about 16 years and, as well as working with local youth, is an active and regular actor with the Mount Isa Theatrical Society. He is also a talented singer, performing at events including Australia Day, Anzac Day and Carols by Candlelight.


Cr McCulloch says she congratulates each and every recipient of this year’s Australia Day Awards and thanks them for all of their hard work, dedication and ongoing commitment to our community.


The 2019 Mount Isa Australia Day Awards presentation was held at the Civic Centre. The morning also included a citizenship ceremony and morning tea, and was followed by an Australia Day pool party and Dive-In Movie at Splashez Aquatic Centre later that afternoon.