Cheryl Wickes (left) and Anne Lightfoot at the awards ceremony.
Cheryl Wickes (left) and Anne Lightfoot at the awards ceremony. Christopher Chan

Award for service to community

AGNES Water resident Cheryl Wickes almost skipped last night's Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Luckily, Cheryl made it because she was named Gladstone Regional Council's 2012 Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the prestigious award recognised Ms Wickes' devotion to community service.

"This award is small recognition of the vast contributions that Ms Wickes has made within our region," Cr Sellers said.

"Her ongoing community commitment has provided valuable support to the Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water areas and has helped enhance the township's growth and development."

Ms Wickes has been on the committees of various community groups, is a member of the Lions Club board and is current president of the Agnes Water Surf Life Saving Club and the Captain Cook 1770 Festival.

She has been involved with the Disaster Management Group, was instrumental in resurrecting the Agnes Water Triathlon and has held several Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce Incorporated executive positions.

As part of the Discovery Coast Sport and Recreation Club committee, Ms Wickes oversaw improvements to the club enabling it to now host junior and senior netball, rugby league and AFL competitions.

She also attends the Agnes Water Intra-agency meetings for local organisations, offering support to the Agnes Water Men's Shed and Community Garden.

As the owner/editor of the Coastal Rag, Ms Wickes endeavours to bring the community together.