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THE Aus­tralia Day Spirit Award should be a plea­sure and cer­tainly not a task, ac­cord­ing to Bund­aberg Mayor Mal For­man.

“The advertising ma­te­rial pro­mot­ing the Aus­tralia Day Awards is right on the mark when it says that right across our re­gion we have or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things,” he said.

Cr For­man was sup­ported in his re­marks by the 2015 Aus­tralia Day Green Spirit Award win­ner Ray John­son of Gin Gin.

Mr John­son was recog­nised for his ex­tended as­so­ci­a­tion with Gin Gin Land­care and his on­go­ing in­volve­ment in the group’s na­tive plant nurs­ery which has supplied thou­sands of trees for reveg­e­ta­tion projects.

He is very proud of the award but sees it more as recog­ni­tion for the work Land­care is un­der­tak­ing across the re­gion.

“I was happy to ac­cept this award on be­half of a whole host of peo­ple who give of their time and tal­ents to en­sure we con­tinue to pro­vide a ser­vice that has such a pos­i­tive im­pact on the

en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr John­son said.

“I think it also gives you a great feel­ing to know the work you do is ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Most peo­ple who work in vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions do not do it for re­ward or recog­ni­tion, but it is a bonus when some­one takes the time to sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion.”

Mr John­son said the added ad­van­tage in nom­i­nat­ing peo­ple for the Aus­tralia Day awards was the ex­po­sure and pub­lic­ity var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions re­ceived.

“A nom­i­na­tion not only re­wards the nom­i­nee, it also adds public pro­file to the or­gan­i­sa­tion the nom­i­nee rep­re­sents,” Mr John­son said.

Mr John­son said that even if a nom­i­na­tion was un­suc­cess­ful, it was the sim­ple act of nom­i­nat­ing a per­son that was a show of re­spect for what the in­di­vid­ual had con­trib­uted.

Cr For­man urged lo­cal groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to look within their own ranks and to iden­tify po­ten­tial re­cip­i­ents.

Nom­i­na­tions for the 2016 Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Aus­tralia Day Spirit Awards can be made online at www.bund­aberg.qld.gov. au be­fore the clos­ing date of Novem­ber 13.

WIN­NER: Ray John­son re­ceived the 2015 Aus­tralia Day Green Spirit Award.


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