More outstanding community members have been recognised in the latest round of Member for Redlands Matt McEachan’s Recognise Redlands initiative.

Three exceptional student athletes and dedicated community volunteers were the deserving recipients of a $250 bursary at a special presentation this morning/afternoon. 

The Russell Island first responders were recognised for their tireless commitment towards the good of their small Island community.  

“First responders play an invaluable role in our local Island communities. I am honoured to be recognising this group of amazing volunteers,” Mr McEachan said.

Another selfless volunteer and mother of four, Sandy Dixon, was also acknowledged for her commitment to The Cage Youth Foundation. Sandy is a qualified Counsellor who offers her services to the Cage community initiative without ever asking for anything in return.

A $250 bursary will help school-aged athlete Luke Harvey continue to excel in his passion for triathlon. Luke, who only participated in his first triathlon in 2012, is now the 2015 14-15 year Male Series Winner of the Triathlon Queensland State Series. The all-rounder is also a keen cross country, athletic and swimming champion.

The bursary will also help Redland Bay athletes Jamie Howell and Shekinah Friske with their international sporting achievements.

Shekinah will be travelling to Barcelona with the Australian futsal team in November, while Jamie continues to excel with her athletic abilities. 

The Macleay Island Inspirational Writers’ Group will use their $250 bursary to help stage a free Writers on the Shore event, which will engage all Island and mainland community groups.

 “I am thrilled to honour these outstanding Redlanders for their achievements and wish them all the best in their respective areas,” Mr McEachan said.

 Initiated this year by State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan, the awards recognise Redlanders who are excelling in sports, academia or community service.

The next round of Recognise Redlands will open in 2016.