Coolum award winners

John Windolf was named Citizen of the Year. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1293q
John Windolf was named Citizen of the Year. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1293q

A man who has been recording the history of Coolum for many years became part of that history when he was named the town’s Citizen of the Year.

John Windolf, with his wife Frances, has published two books about the early days of the Coolum district.

Mr Windolf, who has lived in the town for 63 years, has been collecting photos and stories about the area since he was young.

A gracious Mr Windolf told the crowd at the ceremony he would share the award with his wife because she had actually written the books.

“I lived the life and she wrote it,” he said.

Following his speech, a new award certificate was issued with John and Frances Windolf as joint recipients.

Coolum Lions Club member Don Knopke, who relaunched Coolum’s Australia Day celebrations four years ago, was named Volunteer of the Year.

Coolum District Coast Care picked up its second Australia Day Award when it was named Coolum’s Community Group of the Year.

Coast Care, whose members weed and revegetate the sand dunes and surrounding parks from Stumers Creek to Yaroomba every week, The group was also awarded the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s environment award.

The Coolum Theatre Players won the award for the best float and the Coolum Colts rugby league club took out the junior award.

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