Satisfy the 2021 Australia Day Awards recipients

Six inspirational Gold Coasters have actually been honoured at the City’s Australia Day Awards for 2021.

The annual Australia Day Awards provide the City of Gold Coast the possibility to identify area members as well as groups who have actually made an outstanding payment to the Gold Coast for exceptional success.

The 2021 discussion ceremony was held at Q1 on 21 January, with 6 recipients topping a big field of worthy candidates in order to get awards for their efforts across a diverse variety of industries consisting of society, setting and sport.

We spoke with 3 of the honors receivers following their win.

Warren Young|Resident of the Year

Among the City’s even more identified residents, Warren Young joined the Gold Coast’s specialist lifeguard solution in 1973, rising to his current position of Chief Lifeguard simply two years later in 1975.

“My boss at the time told me I ought to place in for the work,” he thinks back, “or I might not have actually gone for it. He must’ve seen something in me.”

This faith appears to have actually been rock-solid. Amongst the many success in Warren’s decades-long tenure was the setup of the now-iconic Gold Coast lifeguard towers, giving connecting and interlacing surveillance along our beaches.

In the nineties, Warren’s introducing push for lifeguards to make use of jet skis saw the Gold Coast come to be the initial location in Australia to carry out these life-saving lorries for browse rescues.

Warren is extremely simple when it pertains to discussing his profession, favoring to pass many thanks onto those that have actually worked with and also supported him along the way.

“It’s all about having men and women around you who are passionate regarding and also committed to the water and safeguarding our sea setting,” he states. “I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some truly amazing individuals.”

“I’ve had all 3 excellent superintendents along the way, and I’ve got fantastic assistance from council -they’ve always been supportive of me as well as what we’ve done,” he proceeds.

Warren is readied to retire quickly, a milestone he is locating bittersweet.

“I’ve obtained combined feelings naturally. It’s been great, and also I’ll miss the communications. I’ve been very honored to take a job where I can expand with the city as well as raise a household that enjoy this area and also the sea as high as I do.”

Warren’s specialist legacy was already guaranteed, but council has actually identified that it required an additional flourish, with the Burleigh Lifeguard Centre readied to be called in his honour. Warren is typically humbled by the difference.

“Finding out was such a terrific shock,” he said. “It’s an excellent legacy and I’m very proud.”