Australia Day Awards recognise Arts Contributions

The Townsville Choral Society has been awarded the 2018 Australia Day Award for Arts and Culture IMAGE 1955 production of The Belle of New York

A number of local theatre, music and art-lovers have been recognised for their contribution to their city at Townsville City Council’s annual Australia Day Awards.


The Townsville Choral Society has been recognised for its achievements in eisteddfods, concerts, festivals, and  musical productions with the Arts and Culture Award. The Society’s work in raising funds for local charities through it’s biennial musical productions was also applauded, with special mention of the $10,000 raised for headspace during it’s production of Wicked in 2017. The Society will mount it’s 100th musical production, We Will Rock You, next week.

Rachel Cook, the driving force behind The Youth Network NQ Inc, was named Volunteer of the Year. In the past 13 years,  Rachel has been responsible for include coordinating National Youth Week activities; establishing Untitled Music Events for young emerging bands to showcase their music locally; The Stomp Box youth space at Palm Creek Folk Festival; the Murray Skate Park repaint project; Battle of the Bands competition; Regional Youth Engagement forums and conference; establishing the Arts Inc. free youth art group; and more.

The other citizens recognised through the Australia Day Awards, are:

  • Nikolas Mitchell, Junior Sports Award
  • Georgia Bulley, Senior Sports Award
  • Urban Food Special Forces Unit, Environmental Excellence and Sustainability Award
  • Emma Nolan, Young Citizen of the Year; and
  • Dr Jack Maguire, Citizen of the Year


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