TWELVE of Queanbeyan's finest volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to the community as part of the Monaro Service Awards.
The Premier's Community Service Award was given to former president of the Monaro Panthers Mauro Davanzo for his extraordinary long-term community service to local sport.
Queanbeyan City Councillor Trudy Taylor was named the 2014 Monaro Local Woman of the Year for her long-term service to local charities and local government.
Another 10 volunteers received the Member for Monaro Community Service Award at the special ceremony held on Tuesday, March 12.
Queanbeyan City Councillor Velice Trajanoski and George Spaseski were both recognised for their contribution to local community sport. Franca Jones was commended for her work at the Queanbeyan Rugby Union Club.
Robyn Thelning was chosen for her service to the region's youth through the Queanbeyan YMCA and Janine White for her dedication to early childhood education.
Geoffrey Schmidt of the Queanbeyan Health Walking Group received an award for encouraging active community.
Sue Jarvis was recognised for her exceptional service to Queanbeyan and Connee Colleen noted her for tireless service to the preservation of the town's heritage.
Wayne Lyons was awarded for his pastoral care of the community and Giovanni D'Inzillo for outstanding service to the local Italian community.
The recipients were part of a group of 32 individuals honoured for their outstanding contribution to the community in areas such as the arts, environment, multiculturalism, education, health, sport, heritage and pastoral care.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the volunteers were inspirational and deserving of the accolade.
"There are many unlauded, unrecognised individuals who quietly make a difference in our community. These people go above and beyond the definition of their role with little recognition to make the community they live in a better place," he said.
"There are more than two million volunteers across the state, they are the lifeblood of our community and it's important they are recognised publically."