Youth put into spotlight
Council to celebrate the town youths
NEXT Australia Day, Southern Downs Regional Council will be introducing the first Southern Downs Youth Citizen of the Year award.
The region’s youngest citizens have a chance to be recognised for their contributions to the town.
Nominations are open for the two award categories and forms can be picked up from council offices or online at sdrc.qld.gov.au
The new-look Australia Day Awards will also see Southern Downs Regional Council support local community service groups to host community-based Australia Day events, with awards for worthy local community members. Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie encouraged residents to nominate anyone they felt was deserving of the regional accolade.
“There are many wonderful and hard-working people within our community, many whose good deeds and efforts go largely unsung,” she said.
“We all know the
Southern Downs produces outstanding sportsmen and women, perhaps our Citizen of the Year or Youth Citizen of the Year could be someone who stands head and shoulders above in their chosen sport, or could even be someone who is moulding local champions through their coaching and mentoring.
“Maybe it’s someone who makes a real difference within the community, whether directly to others’ lives, environmental care, charitable work or anything where their contribution deserves recognition.”
The council will also run citizenship ceremonies in Stanthorpe and Warwick on January 26, 2019 for those residents who are becoming new Australians.
After feedback and submissions from local service groups, the council has agreed to see the Australia Day Awards become a community-run event and Lions and Rotary groups from around the region are already in planning to host their own awards acknowledging outstanding members of the community.
Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday, November 30.
TOP CITS: Australia Day award winners at this year's January 26 ceremony in Stanthorpe.