WINNERS: This year's Roma Australia Day award recipients stand proud and tall at the ceremony.
WINNERS: This year's Roma Australia Day award recipients stand proud and tall at the ceremony. Molly Hancock

Young and old celebrated in community

HOT weather didn't put a stop to the Roma community celebrating Australia Day.

The Australian flag flew proudly as residents all around Maranoa recognised those members of the community who have, and continue to work tirelessly to improve the town.

Roma honoured locals from 9am with the annual awards ceremony.

The recipients were awarded on the basis of those who demonstrate Australian characteristics and values.

This year the Maranoa received an impressive 97 award nominations.

Mayor Tyson Golder said the awards focused on Australian characteristics and values that the community respect; a fair go, a respect for diversity, a genuine concern for our people and a love of sport.

"As always, it is a difficult task to select the winners from deserving nominees. All those nominated have contributed in unique ways to the life of our community,” Cr Golder said.

Among the awards presented is the Andrea Murry Memorial Award. Introduced in 2016 and donated by David Murray, it is named in honour of his late wife and recognises people or organisations who have made a noteworthy contribution during the year and provided outstanding services in the disability sector.

This year the Andrea Murry Memorial Award was awarded to Anglicare.

The not-for-profit organisation has been caring for members of the community for more than 140 years and it's All of Life services help and support clients to live the life they want.

Anglicare employs approximately 70 staff in the local area and supports 400 clients.

The Community Event of the Year award was presented to the Muckadilla Remembrance Day Service.

Members of the Muckadilla Community Association, including local historian David Bowden, conducted an event at the Muckadilla War Memorial Ground on Remembrance Day.

About 200 people attended the event, including past servicemen and women from the district. Many travelled to Muckadilla for the unveiling of the Harry Murray VC Memorial Wall, a new memorial featuring the names of all those from the district who have served.

The Muckadilla community strives to achieve high standards in all projects they undertake and this event was no exception.

The Roma and District Eisteddfod received the Cultural Award for creating an opportunity for country performers to take the stage, gain confidence and learn from their experiences.

Many of the competitors performed for the first time in 2018 and took away valuable experience that will benefit their music into the future. About 900 students from schools all across the Maranoa were involved in the eisteddfod as well as music workshops in the lead up to the event.

This year's awards included a change in criteria for the Young Citizen of the Year and Young Sportsperson awards. Nominees for these categories have had the age limit changed from 17 to 25, in a hope it will result in more applicants acknowledging the achievements and contributions of young people in the region.

While the award recipients were recognised for their achievements, many other community members help make the Maranoa great.

Checkout the celebrations from Australia Day in Roma below.