Don’t leave it, nom­i­nate for Aus­tralia Day awards now

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

NOM­I­NA­TIONS for next year’s Aus­tralia Day awards close on Fri­day.

And for the first time Mur­ray River Coun­cil and Cam­paspe Shire are com­bin­ing their events so Aus­tralia Day com­mit­tee chair Mike Stans­bury is pre­dict­ing it will be big­ger than ever.

‘‘Clos­ing date is fast ap­proach­ing for nom­i­na­tions for the six cat­e­gories so right now is the time to nom­i­nate who you or your club or or­gan­i­sa­tion would like to see hon­oured,’’ Mr Stans­bury said.

‘‘Next year on Jan­uary 26, Aus­tralia Day, we will see a com­bined Mur­ray River Coun­cil and Cam­paspe Shire Echuca cel­e­bra­tion at the Aquatic Re­serve.

‘‘It will be a big­ger event with more to see, new mu­sic items, items for the chil­dren and beau­ti­ful his­toric cars to see.

‘‘More de­tails will be an­nounced closer to the day.’’

Mr Stans­bury said he would like to see an in­crease in nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘Each year I get asked ‘Why isn’t so and so sports per­son of the year or cit­i­zen of the year?’,’’ he said.

‘‘Well, the an­swer is no­body nom­i­nated them and the Aus­tralia Day com­mit­tee can­not make nom­i­na­tions. We can only col­lect nom­i­na­tions and present them to an in­de­pen­dent judge.

‘‘So read­ers it’s up to you and your clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions to get a form from Cam­paspe Shire’s web­site, com­mu­nity-recog­ni­tion page, or fill one in on­line.’’

Al­ter­na­tively, peo­ple can phone Mr Stans­bury on 0418 323 716 and he will get one to you.

Peo­ple can nom­i­nate in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories — cit­i­zen of the year; young cit­i­zen of the year; sports per­son of the year; young sports per­son of the year; arts/cul­ture cit­i­zen of the year; com­mu­nity event or group of the year.

‘‘Now is the time to take ac­tion, don’t leave it to some­body else, nom­i­nate now,’’ Mr Stans­bury said.

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