Aunty Peggy our top citizen

Published: 30 January 2018

Aunty Peggy our top citizen

Two selfless Logan citizens have been recognised for their achievements and contribution to the community at an Australia Day Awards ceremony in Beenleigh.

Aunty Peggy Tidyman was named Citizen of the Year and June Gale was recognised with the Community Spirit Award at the Logan City Council event.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the pair were dedicated community champions who inspire others with their achievements and contributions to creating a better city.

“The 'Citizen of the Year' award holds a special significance in our great city and is presented to a person who has given outstanding service to the local community,” Mayor Smith said.

“Aunty Peggy Tidyman certainly meets that criteria. She is a highly respected Aboriginal Elder in Logan who volunteers many hours for the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Logan community.

“Her advocacy role is respected by government and the community, while her work at Education Queensland over the past 32 years has contributed significantly to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous children.

“She is a cultural mentor and inspires younger people to step up as future leaders.”

Mayor Smith said the City of Logan Community Spirit Award recognised exceptional long-term service to the community.

“June Gale has made an outstanding contribution to the Logan community since 1981,” he said.

“For 30 years she has attended the Beenleigh Court House as a volunteer to support families and young people, and also dedicated her time to knitting baby blankets and slippers for those in need.

“She is a humble and selfless lady who gives her time to those in need and a worthy winner of the Community Spirt Award.”

Mayor Smith said Council had received many outstanding nominations for the Australia Day Awards.

“It is tough to judge these awards when there are so many fantastic citizens in Logan who contribute to the community in their own way, every single day,” he said.

“We have many selfless citizens whose hard work is an inspiration for the whole city.”

More than 120 community members became Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony held in conjunction with the awards.