Who will fol­low in fireys’ foot­steps?


JAN­UARY 26 is a day to recog­nise res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups who have done out­stand­ing work in our com­mu­nity.

The Aus­tralia Day com­mit­tee is once again pre­par­ing fes­tiv­i­ties for the day but they need your help to find a re­cip­i­ent for next year’s McIvor Com­mu­nity Award.

Ev­ery­one has the chance to share in the cel­e­bra­tions and what it means to be an Aus­tralian.

It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity for the town to come to­gether and sup­port the nom­i­nees for the awards.

Co-or­di­na­tor Jeanette Ded­man said it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise the ef­forts of peo­ple in the Heath­cote com­mu­nity.

‘‘The Heath­cote CFA were last year’s award re­cip­i­ent and it was rightly de­serv­ing for all the sup­port and pro­tec­tion they pro­vide to Heath­cote and the sur­round­ing area at any time of the day or night,’’ Mrs Ded­man said.

‘‘One of the qual­i­ties that makes Aus­tralia strong is the ac­tive roll the com­mu­nity takes in cre­at­ing the Aus­tralian iden­tity.

‘‘With this in mind, we are look­ing for the gen­eral pub­lic to nom­i­nate a per­son or a com­mu­nity not-for-profit club to recog­nise their con­tri­bu­tion and com­mit­ment to our town.’’

Com­mu­nity groups can now be nom­i­nated by a mem­ber of that group, so it’s up to ev­ery­one to think about your club or some­one in your neigh­bour­hood.

There are many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who have worked tire­lessly for many years with­out any ac­co­lades, so why not nom­i­nate them?

The awards cer­e­mony will take place at Bar­rack Reserve on Aus­tralia Day 2018.

Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able at the coun­cil of­fice, post of­fice, Heath­cote Com­mu­nity House and Bendigo Bank.

The clos­ing date for nom­i­na­tions is Wednesday, De­cem­ber 13.

Heath­cote CFA won last year’s com­mu­nity award.

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