Citizen of the Year – Jeanette Hutson
Jeanette Hutson’s drive has been a great benefit to the Millmerran Historical Society, Millmerran Arts & Craft, Arts Council and the wider community. Her commitment across these organisations and others is provided to ensure the Millmerran district reaches its full potential.
Jeanette has been a driving force in Millmerran since the early 1980s. One particular area of interest is her passionate work to bring art, craft and culture to life for the community. Jeanette has invested significant time in a number of community and art projects including the Year of the Family sculpture at the Cultural Centre courtyard, local art and craft exhibitions, Floral Art, community patchwork wall hanging and quilts, the cello, pottery tiles on a plinth, sculptures and Millmerran Mosaics.
At the Museum Jeanette restored the Curtis Curtain, organised restoration of photos and improvements to the Pioneer Photo Room, including polishing the floors in the main building and applying for grant support. Her attention to detail with Museum management resulted in improved conditions for volunteers, the updating of displays, family research, restoration, administration, promotion and themed Open Days.
At the Millmerran Show Jeanette has been Floral Art steward for many years and has been an inspiration to many women, both local and from other areas with her knowledge of design, balance and ability to source materials from our natural environment.
Jeanette represented the Millmerran community on the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) committee and attended numerous workshops, meetings and functions of the Toowoomba Region Cultural Heritage Network for the Museum.
Jeanette is highly respected for her contribution by all who worked with her on these committees.
Young Citizen of the Year – Natasha Cann
Natasha shows all the qualities of an excellent Australian citizen. She’s always willing to put up her hand to help; she has natural leadership skills, is compassionate, but also has the tenacity and perseverance to see things through.
Natasha was the first female Millmerran Scout to be awarded the Australian Scout medallion, the highest Scout award. This award acknowledges the outstanding leadership qualities she has shown during her scouting time as patrol leader. In her scouting roles Natasha has demonstrated an exceptional caring attitude to younger members of the troop and guided them to learn important new skills.
Natasha has also organised and completed a three day, 30km hike over scrubby and rough terrain including parts of the Western Creek forestry. She led 10 other members of her troop on the hike and encouraged them all to finish, despite a strained ankle.
Natasha is focussed on her schooling and taking advantage of every opportunity, including being sports captain. She is a member of the band and a cross country age winner for a number of years.
Natasha doesn’t just get involved at school, she also is active in the community with time devoted to steer leading, calf club and the Limousin Breeders’ Society.
Senior Sports Award – Roslyn Richter
Roslyn Richter has been involved in Indoor Bowls since she arrived in Millmerran in 1971 as a commercial teacher at the Millmerran State School. She has been the club president since 1980.
Roslyn also supports the Pittsworth Indoor Bowling Association committee where she is both president and secretary. With her passion for the game, Roslyn has taken on the position of treasurer for the Queensland body and has held this position for three years.
In 2016, Roslyn was selected in the Queensland team as a skip in the ladies’ Fours and played in the National Australian Championships held at Shellharbour. She won four of nine games. In addition, she has competed in indoor bowls at the Toowoomba Australia Day Championships in January, skipped for the local team in Pittsworth, Dalby and Laidley and won the Millmerran Association Pairs and Singles.
Roslyn passes on her enthusiasm for the game by encouraging new players to get involved and organising State Title events in the Millmerran/Pittsworth area.
Junior Sports Award – Charli Ladd
Charli Ladd, this year’s Junior Sports Award winner, has shown great promise in her cross country and athletics performances in recent years. She has progressed to the Gore Highway trials, the Inner Downs trials and qualified for the Darling Downs team to be a representative at the Queensland State Championships.
Charli also has been a member of the Cecil Plains Swimming Club, plays netball in Dalby with the Dalby State School and recently started playing touch football. She enjoys athletics and team sports and gives 100% when she competes.
Her participation in these team sports has helped her to gain new skills and abilities.
Community Event – Millmerran Junior Rugby League Club under 35kg Carnival
Community events like the Millmerran Junior Rugby League Club under 35kg Carnival bring out not only the spirit of our locals, but also the excitement and promotion of the talent in our towns.
In 2016, the week-long carnival was held in Millmerran, attracting more than 100 players from as far west as Augathella and Wynnum in the east.
Families and friends accompanied the competitors which saw a marked rise in tourism trade for the district. Local businesses gained substantial benefits from the influx of visitors and contributed to the community spirit of the carnival by decorating their shop fronts in participating team colours. They also showcased the essence and rich traditions of Millmerran and surrounds.
The carnival wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local volunteers who supported with the canteen, taking care of the grounds, refereeing, coaching, managing, commentary and first aid duties.
The event received significant positive feedback from both locals and visitors.
Community Group – Millmerran and District Historical Society
The 2016 Millmerran Museum Open Day ‘Applaud our Artisans’ paid homage to a region steeped in rich traditions and showcased the best creations of the district’s artisans. Artists had displays and demonstrations plus works for sale.
The featured works included bush poetry, children’s pop up art workshop, a wood saw collection and demonstration, car restoration, guitar-making, arts and crafts, busking, floral arranging, gem tree display and demonstration.
This event highlighted the pride and commitment of the Millmerran and District Historical Society.
The team worked tirelessly in 2015 to bring the relocated Railway Station to life as the Visitor Information Centre and continues to encourage visitors to explore this unique part of the world. The work by volunteer members to continually refresh the museum display areas doesn’t go unnoticed.
The Historical Society members contribute many hours each week to manage, upgrade and maintain the museum to a high standard for visitors and the Millmerran community.