2019 Aus­tralia Day Award nom­i­na­tions open

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Do you know some­one who has given out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity? Or have you been in­volved in a spe­cific com­mu­nity project which de­serves recog­ni­tion? Nom­i­nate them for the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Aus­tralia Day Awards!

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for 2019 Aus­tralia Day Awards which recog­nise and cel­e­brate peo­ple, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, pro­jects and events in the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke said the awards are a cel­e­bra­tion of ded­i­cated com­mu­nity mem­bers, which recog­nise both in­di­vid­u­als and groups who make out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

“Aus­tralia Day pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for us to for­mally thank our peo­ple for the con­tri­bu­tion they make,” Mayor Bourke said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to get­ting as many nom­i­na­tions as we can, but what we re­ally want is for the com­mu­nity to nom­i­nate all our un­sung he­roes that re­ally give to the com­mu­nity and the pro­jects and events that have made our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place.”

Mayor Bourke said pre­vi­ous award win­ners have come from all walks of life and one thing they have in com­mon is pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion.

“If that sounds like some­one you know, get a nom­i­na­tion form and nom­i­nate them to­day,” he said.

“Most peo­ple don’t ask for recog­ni­tion for what they do, it takes oth­ers to make that recog­ni­tion hap­pen, and our Aus­tralia Day Awards are a per­fect way to do that.”

Nom­i­na­tion cat­e­gories this year in­clude:

The Cit­i­zen of the Year Award ap­plauds an in­di­vid­ual who has made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the well­be­ing of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil com­mu­nity through their lead­er­ship and/or vol­un­tary ser­vice. Con­tri­bu­tions can be in the ar­eas of so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal, busi­ness and/or arts and cul­ture.

The Young Cit­i­zen of the Year Award recog­nises a young per­son aged un­der 30 years who has given out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The Lo­cal Achiever of the Year Award cel­e­brates lo­cal he­roes in each town and vil­lage who go above and beyond to make their own com­mu­nity a great place to live.

The Com­mu­nity Event of the Year Award The Com­mu­nity Event of the Year Award recog­nises an event held in 2018 that best re­flects the im­por­tance of strong com­mu­nity val­ues and ties.

The Com­mu­nity Project of the Year Award ac­knowl­edges an in­di­vid­ual or group who have staged the most out­stand­ing com­mu­nity project dur­ing the 2018.

Nom­i­na­tion forms can be downloaded from coun­cil’s web­site, or can be col­lected from any of the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Cus­tomer Ser­vice cen­tres.

Nom­i­na­tion for the 2019 Aus­tralia Day Awards close 5pm on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3.

Award re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced at the of­fi­cial Aus­tralia Day Award Cer­e­mony on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26, 2019 in Mul­wala.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to con­sider who they be­lieve makes a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity, and nom­i­nate them to be recog­nised for their ef­forts and com­mit­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Team at Coun­cil on (02) 6033 8999.

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