COMMUNITY MINDED: Michael and Janice Donald.
COMMUNITY MINDED: Michael and Janice Donald. Julia Baker

Celebrating the Aussie way

ENTHUSIASTIC locals and patriots alike rose early in Warra to raise the flag and kick off Australia Day in true Aussie style: with the national anthem and a barbecue breakfast.

More than 70 people came together at Warra Memorial Public Hall to mark the occasion and to take part in the Western Downs Regional Council 2017 Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Stephen and Anne Wunsch took out top honours, receiving the Citizen of the Year Award for Jandowae and district, while Michael and Janice Donald were honoured with the Sports Administrator Award for their contribution to the Jandowae Jackaroos junior rugby league club.

Cr Donna Ashurst said Mr and Mrs Donald were involved in many areas of the community and it was an honour to be in Warra to present them with an award for their contribution.

"They've both held positions on the junior rugby league committee for a long time. They support the local kindergarten with fundraising activities, meals and wheels and the squash club,” she said.

Cr Ashurst said Australia Day was a time to reflect on what it meant to be Australians and to thank those who gave back to the community.

"It's lovely to be here, I worked with the Wambo Shire Council for a long time so Warra was one of the little communities I used to work with and I just love coming here and seeing the projects that have been done over the years,” she said.

"I think it's nice to stop and recognise how lucky we are for our Australian way of life and for the country that we live in, we should appreciate it.

"It's these people that contribute to that and to the country communities we have all across Australia.”

Baked and decorated by local Leanne Scott, award recipients closed the ceremony by cutting a two- tiered cake which, fittingly, had a koala on top and looked like a Vegemite jar.

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