Kerrys our top citizen
THE champagne is still flowing as The Arts Centre Gold Coast celebrates its chairman being named Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.
The Australia Day Award went to Mudgeeraba resident Kerry Watson, who has been tirelessly working for the Arts Centre and Events Queensland Gold Coast, while his work with the Gold Coast Eisteddfod is now in its 30th year.
However, the Gold Coaster is a little modest.
“It was really great to win the award, but I’m a little humbled by the whole thing,” Mr Watson said.
“I feel delighted, but there are so many hard-working people in the community that deserve awards.”
The Arts Centre Gold Coast general manager Destry Puia said Mr Watson more than deserved the award.
“Kerry’s support within tourism, business and sports is well known,” he said.
“However, his commitment to arts development here on the Gold Coast at a community and professional level is just as inspiring.
“The Arts Centre is truly fortunate to have someone of Kerry’s stature as chairman.
“His broad professional experience and leadership has been critical in re-energising The Arts Centre and ensuring that we continue to strive for world-class cultural facilities.”
Mr Watson also attended the Australia Day festivities Evandale Parklands yesterday and was involved with the flag-raising ceremony.
Australia Day also brought with it the announcement of those who received an Order of Australia, which is a way to recognise the achievements and service of Australians.
Desmond Diggles and Donald Astill, both from Robina, were awarded OAMs.
Mr Diggles was recognised for service to surveying and mapping and, since his retirement in 1999, voluntarily researching and authoring a two-volume history of mapping in Queensland.
Mr Astill received his OAM for service to the community through a range of veterans’, sporting and service organisations.
A number of events were held throughout the Gold Coast to celebrate Australia Day, showing just how patriotic Gold Coasters can be.