Australia Day Awards opportunity to recognise community champions

Gunnedah Shire Council

The time has come to nominate outstanding individuals and organisations for Gunnedah Shire’s Australia Day Awards.

Gunnedah Shire’s Australia Day Working Group is calling on the community to prepare their nominations for the annual awards which recognise and honour individuals and groups in the local community who have worked tirelessly to shape and enrich the Shire.

Working Group Chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Rob Hooke said the awards presented an exciting opportunity to recognise the valuable service and contributions of residents, some of which may have gone unnoticed.

“Every day there are people in our community who are tirelessly giving back to our community,” he said.

“This year has contained many challenges for our Shire with the ongoing presence of COVID-19, and successive flood events that have tested our community’s limits. We have seen how people have stepped up to help their friends, neighbours and fellow residents in these trying times and we are proud that they are part of our community.

“By nominating someone for an award, it will mean our community champions can be recognised for their efforts, and it also gives us the opportunity to say thank you for all they have done for our Shire.

“If you know someone in our community who has done an amazing job for a charity or community organisation, supported fellow residents, or who should be recognised for their contributions to education, health, sports or the environment, please put them forward by completing a nomination form.”

The 13 categories in Gunnedah Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards are:

  • Citizen of the Year Award (21 and over);
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award (20 and under);
  • Ossie and Beryl Campbell Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award;
  • Eve Turner Perpetual Trophy;
  • Community Achievement Award;
  • Cultural Achievement Award;
  • Max & Mikie Maas Good Neighbour Award;
  • Sports Person of the Year Award (21 and over);
  • Junior Sports Person of the Year Award (20 and under);
  • Junior Sports Team of the Year Award (20 and under);
  • Sports Team of the Year Award;
  • Ivan Towns Memorial Award; and
  • Environmental Citizen of the Year Award (open age category).

Nomination forms are available at https://thecivic.com.au/live-theatre–events. Hard copies are available at Council’s Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street and Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre in Chandos Street.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Winners will be announced during the Australia Day Awards Dinner, to be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Caption: Nominations are now open for Gunnedah Shire’s Australia Day Awards. Pictured is 2022 Junior Sportsperson of the Year (20 and Under) Alice Edmunds with Australia Day Ambassador Fiona Simson. Photo: Gunnedah Times

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