The 2020 Dickson Awards have seen outstanding local residents rewarded for their hard work and dedication to make our community.
The 2020 Dickson Citizen of the Year is Colin ‘Col’ Chandler. Col is a Highvale resident with Multiple Sclerosis.
He is the founder of ‘Goat Track Madness’ the MS fundraiser that he started by declaring he wanted to climb the three kilometre, dirt track with 500m elevation that winds up Mount Nebo, known as the Goat Track, in his wheelchair.
The event has been held twice now and has raised over $40,000 for MS QLD. Col is also an ambassador for MS QLD and has created a new app to help people better access the NDIS.
Ian ‘Watto’ Watson, was posthumously awarded the Dickson Great Mate award. Watto founded the men’s shed group ‘Shed Happens’ that met in Murrumba Downs, and also wrote books, mentored men and was a great encourager and friend to all. Watto passed away in December 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
Bob Millar was awarded the Dickson Local Legend award for his service to the community, including through the Samford Rotary Club, Samford Rural Fire Brigade and his efforts to support the community through new initiatives as a former councillor of both Pine Rivers Shire and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Several local sporting champions were recognised including champion Softball player Madisun Graham, who was awarded Dickson Sports Person of the Year and motorcycle racer Flynn Nicol who was Junior Sports Person of the year.
The 2020 Community Group of the Year is the North Pine Historical Society. Their efforts to preserve local history are significant. In particular, their efforts through Old Petrie Town have seen our community retain the character and knowledge of our early years.
The Federal Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton, said that he was honoured to recognise champions of our local community.
‘We have seen local residents do some amazing things in the last 12 months, so choosing between the nominations to pick the final awardees was particularly tough this year,’ Mr Dutton said.
‘Col Chandler, the 2020 Dickson Citizen of the Year, is an amazing bloke whom I have gotten to know through his efforts to fundraise for MS with Goat Track Madness.
‘Watto (Ian Watson) is well known by so many around the area for his business teaching learner truck drivers, and of course, his men’s shed group ‘Shed Happens’, I am proud to call him a friend and to honour him with the Inaugural Dickson Great Mate award.
‘Bob Millar has done so much for our commuHistorical Society for their amazing work retaining and preserving our history.
‘Congratulations to all the awardees and thank you for everything you do for our community,’ Mr Dutton said.
2020 Australia Day Dickson Awards were:
Community Service Awards: Megha Roy Basu, Oscar and Hugo Williams, Dee Medway
Sports Awards: Stephanie Malcolm, Flynn Nicol, Thomas Pointon, Madisun Graham
Dickson Great Mate Award: Ian “Watto” Watson – presented to Margaret
Dickson Local Legend Award: Bob Millar
Dickson Community Group of the Year : North Pine Historical Society
Dickson Citizen of the Year: Colin ‘Col’ Chandler