Wyatt Roy Statement:
A record 450-strong audience packed the Caboolture Memorial Hall last Friday night to honour volunteers and other outstanding local achievers in the 2014 Longman Awards.
Federal MP for Longman Wyatt Roy, who hosted and presented the awards, told guests he was overwhelmed by the turnout – and the calibre of the more than 75 finalists.
“One way or another, you, the Longman Awards finalists, have touched people’s lives,” Mr Roy said.
“You’ve done it here, in our collective neighbourhood. You’ve made our community stronger … better. While you remain humble, please forgive me … you make me proud.”
The annual awards recognise achievements from throughout the Longman electorate in fields such as small business, sport and the environment.
But the emphasis is on “giving back” – with volunteers, seniors and community groups prominent among the winners.
This year’s successes included former Narangba high school students Jamie Fordham and Jesse Kelly.
Two years ago, when they were 16, the pair started Moreton Bay Regional Community Response to provide meals, job seeking and housing help and other services to those in need.
They now oversee a volunteer army of 60 which offers dinners at Burpengary Community Hall and breakfasts at Redcliffe to the homeless and disadvantaged.
The 2014 Longman Awards winners are:
Youth Achievement: Jamie Fordham and Jesse Kelly
Seniors’ Achievement: Janet Kirkley
Environmental Achievement: Jim Pulsford
Sports Achievement: Ryan Hoy
Small Business Achievement: Murri Medical
Community Group Achievement: Bribie Island Lions
Volunteer Achievement: David Greig