Local businessman named Fraser Coast 2022 Australia Day Citizen of the Year

IT’s great to see the Fraser Coast growing like it is.

Bob Wicks was announced as the Fraser Coast 2022 Australia Day Citizen of the Year yesterday. PHOTO: Supplied.

That’s the view of local businessman, Bob Wicks.

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Bob was announced as the Fraser Coast 2022 Australia Day Citizen of the Year yesterday.

He said the award was just as much for his wife, Narelle as it was for him.

The couple have been powerhouses in the Fraser Coast business and sporting communities for more than three decades.

Over the years, Bob’s Tyres has been synonymous with sport and fundraising efforts for sports, community events, facilities and charities.

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While probably best known for their works in the Hervey Bay Surf Club and Seagulls Rugby League Club, they have been involved soccer, scuba diving and helping build the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef off the eastern side of Big Woody Island.

“We liked sports because it was for the kids. If the kids were happy and involved, their parents would be happy and involved – and that was good for the community,” Bob said. 

“Our aim was to make sure that the Fraser Coast grew and now to see it growing like it is and becoming a community is fantastic.”

Twelve Fraser Coast 2022 Australia Day awards were presented yesterday.

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Mayor George Seymour said it was always refreshing to read the nominations for the Australia Day Awards.

“It reinforces to me the kind, sharing and vibrant community we have on the Fraser Coast,” Cr Seymour said.

“The awards are recognition from the community of the hard work and dedication of so many Fraser Coast residents who volunteer and contribute so much to ensure we live in a vibrant community.”

Fraser Coast 2022 Australia Day Award winners:

Citizen of the Year: Bob Wicks
Young Citizen of the Year: Sara Diana Faraj
Cultural Award of the Year: Desiree McGann
Young Cultural Award of the Year: Jasmin Corby
2022 STEM Award of the Year: Captain Perry McNeil
Young STEM award for the Year: Jacob Donnelly
2022 Sportsperson of the Year Award: Jeffrey Morris
Young Sportsperson of the Year: Hunter Murdoch
2022 Volunteer of the Year Award: Noela Da Forno
Young Volunteer of the Year: Lewis Akaveka
Community Group Organisation of the Year: Lupton Park Community Garden
Community Project or Event of the Year: Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

For more on each of the individual award winners and their achievements, click here.

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