Youth put into spot­light

Coun­cil to cel­e­brate the town youths

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

TOP CITS: Aus­tralia Day award win­ners at this year's Jan­uary 26 cer­e­mony in Stanthorpe.

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