Mayor’s Desk

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - by Cr Rachel Cham­bers

Now I don’t want to alarm any­one but there’s now only just over 4 weeks un­til Christ­mas. It seems with age each year just goes faster and faster. With the end of 2016 fast ap­proach­ing it is a good time to re­flect on the achieve­ments of the year just gone. We have held some amaz­ing events, achieved great things and nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers have ded­i­cated their time and skills to make 2016 a spe­cial year for the com­mu­ni­ties in the North Bur­nett. Each year coun­cil wishes to publicly recog­nise these lo­cal le­gends for their ef­forts to make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter and brighter place for ev­ery­one. Last year there were a few gaps in the award nom­i­na­tions, not be­cause we didn’t have any­one ab­so­lutely wor­thy of the awards, but more so be­cause they weren’t nom­i­nated. A nom­i­na­tion only takes a few min­utes but will have a last­ing ef­fect on some­one who will then be recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion. So here is my chal­lenge – You have one day left to nom­i­nate as many de­serv­ing peo­ple as you can for an Aus­tralia day award. Cat­e­gories in­clude: Cit­i­zen of the Year; Young Cit­i­zen of the Year; Vol­un­teer of the Year; Com­mu­nity Event of the Year; Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor Award; Ju­nior Sports Award; Se­nior Sports Award; Ju­nior Cul­tural Award; and Se­nior Cul­tural Award. You have the power to en­cour­age and em­power your lo­cal com­mu­nity, please don’t let that pass you by. Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able at coun­cil ad­min cen­tres or there is an on­line form at www.north­bur­nett.qld.gov.au/aus­tralia-day. Talk soon, Rachel.

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