Shire looks for true blue fair dinkum Aussies

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NOM­I­NA­TIONS for next year’s Aus­tralia Day awards in Rochester are now open.

The lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is calling on res­i­dents to at­tend a meet­ing on Mon­day at 7.30pm at the RSL hall to pro­vide in­put and sup­port to­wards plan­ning.

‘‘With the rapid ap­proach of the forth­com­ing Christ­mas and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties, res­i­dents of Rochester are re­minded to con­sider in­di­vid­u­als and groups who they be­lieve are wor­thy of nom­i­na­tion for Rochester Aus­tralia Day awards,’’ com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Heather Wat­son said.

‘‘As in pre­vi­ous years, the Rochester Aus­tralia Day Cel­e­bra­tions Com­mit­tee in­vites nom­i­na­tions of wor­thy ci­ti­zens who may be con­sid­ered el­i­gi­ble for the ti­tle ‘Rochester Cit­i­zen of the Year 2016’.’’

The first of these awards was pre­sented in 1965 to Mr SL John­son, with many de­serv­ing win­ners since then.

‘‘These an­nual award win­ners would not have been recog­nised for their tire­less work in the com­mu­nity if some­one, or group, had not taken the time to re­search, record and for­ward a ci­ta­tion to the Rochester Aus­tralia Day Cel­e­bra­tions com­mit­tee,’’ Ms Wat­son said.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers can­not nom­i­nate or se­lect win­ners.

Nom­i­na­tions, which are con­fi­den­tial, must be for­warded to the com­mit­tee from groups or in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity.

Forms for these awards are avail­able from the Shire ser­vice cen­tre or at www.cam­paspe.vic.gov.au and must be re­turned by De­cem­ber 2 to 80 Pas­coe St, Rochester 3561.

The com­mit­tee is also seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for awards pre­sented at the flag rais­ing cer­e­mony.

These awards are for ci­ti­zens who have achieved in the aca­demic, sport­ing, arts and gen­eral fields of par­tic­i­pa­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Heather on 0439 842 177.

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