Fred Morris Kerindun is Aurukun’s inaugural Citizen of the Year and Ian Peinkinna is the first Young Citizen of the Year.
Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the Council was recognising the community’s quiet achievers for the first time as part of the nation’s Australia Day celebrations.
“These men are an inspiration to our community as they demonstrate a solid work ethic and show pride in themselves and their community,” he said.
“I congratulate Fred and Ian and hope they inspire others to be outstanding citizens for Aurukun.
“Fred Morris Kerindun has been working for 46 years for the Aurukun community starting back in the mission days, then worked for Aurukun Community Incorporation before Aurukun Shire Council was formed, followed by the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) and now Aurukun Shire Council.
“He has raised three daughters in Aurukun and sets an example for our younger generation with his excellent work ethic and pride in presentation of his house and garden.
“Ian Peinkinna attended school in Aurukun and is currently employed by the council as a trades assistant where he shows a high level of maturity.
“He is 19 years of age and has been earmarked for a plumbing apprenticeship as he has a great work ethic and is enthusiastic about his work and popular with his work mates.”