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Local heroes honoured at Australia Day Awards

Mayor presents six awards at Q1 ceremony

Local heroes honoured at Australia Day Awards

The annual Gold Coast Australia Day Awards have been handed out to a group of six extraordinary locals this year.

Mayor Tom Tate presented the awards at a ceremony at Q1 on Thursday night.

The big award of the night Gold Coast Citizen of the Year went to Karen Phillips, a journalist and public relations specialist, who has helped raise $2 million for charities.

Here are the rest of the winners:

- The Gold FM Community Service Award - Ironman Trevor Hendy

- Environmental Achievement Award - Dr Michael Pyne from Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

- Cultural Achievement Award - artist Lisa Sorbie Martin

- Sports Achievement Award - Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson

- Young Citizen of the Year - Madison Birtchnell