Greenbank community hero to be revealed at Christmas Movie Night

A RURAL firefighter, small business advocate, foster carers and the founders of Greenbank 50 Plus are in the running to win the Greenbank Community Hero Award on December 7.

Mathew Hilder (firefighter), Mandi Thurston (business advocate), Louise Bryant and Joy Patterson (Greenbank 50 Plus) and Rob and Dell Livermore (foster parents) are the six nominees for the award which puts the spotlight on quiet community champions.

Enriching Communites Greenbank revealed the candidates ahead of the cancelled Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade's Get Ready Queensland Christmas Extravaganza scheduled for November 30.

The Greenbank Community Hero Award winner will now be unveiled at the Christmas Movie Night event at Everleigh Park on December 7 from 6pm.

Enriching Communities Greenbank founder Suzanne Guastini said all of the entrants were nominated by someone who benefited from their efforts.

"The awards are all about celebrating those people in our community who do amazing work for no real reward," she said.

"It is really great to see each of our heroes being recognised by their peers, and they are all very worthy nominees and wonderful advocates of Greenbank and its surrounds."

The Christmas Movie Night will include a screening of the 2018 animated version of The Grinch and a visit from Santa.

Popcorn will be available for a gold coin donation to the Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade.

Mirvac residential development Queensland general manager Warwick Bible said the awards were about recognising people who go out of their way to improve the lives of others.

"There are so many things - big and small - people can do to benefit the community in which they live, and our nominees are just a few great examples of these," Mr Bible said.

"We are thrilled to be part of this initiative for the third year running and hope the community gets behind these nominees, like they have done in previous years."

Mathew Hilder

MATHEW Hilder is the chairman of the Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade and moved to the area a decade ago. He has been recognised as an ambassador for the brigade who offers to help the community with new projects and innovations.

Mandi Thurston

MANDI Thurston is a local business owner who started the We Are the Business Greenbank Facebook page. The page has more than 800 members.

Louise Bryant, Joy Patterson

LOUISE Bryant and Joy Patterson founded the Greenbank 50 Plus Club seven years ago as a way to combat loneliness and help others form connections.

Rob and Dell Livermore

ROB and DELL Livermore are foster carers who have helped many children over the past four decades. Dell shares her indigenous culture with the next generation through school events.

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