Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australia Day Awards. The Southern Grampians Shire Council Australia Day Awards are presented annually to recognise the achievements and contributions made by residents of the Southern Grampians Shire.
Southern Grampians Shire CEO Michael Tudball encourages residents to get involved in the nomination process, saying the positive differences individuals and groups make to our community are worthy of celebration.
“There are many people in our region who are great role models, and who contribute to the welfare and wellbeing of our community, including our environmental and social responsibilities, our cultural capital and our community spirit,” Mr Tudball said.
“It’s also important to recognise the significant role that events play in our towns and communities. Although the past year has been slightly different to most with many events going virtual, we know that events engage different demographics, fundraise for community projects, contribute to our region’s reputation and have positive social and economic benefits.
“This is a great opportunity to recognise those people who are contributing positively to our community and hopefully, it may also inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” Mr Tudball concluded.
The Southern Grampians Shire Council 2021 Australia Day Awards, comprise four categories:
Young Citizen of the Year is awarded to a Shire resident aged under 25 as at 26 January 2021 who has made a significant contribution to the community in the current year or over a number of years.
Citizen of the Year is awarded to a Shire resident aged over 25 who has achieved the most distinguished performance and/or made the most outstanding contribution to the Shire community in the current year or over a number of years.
The Community Activity of the Year is presented to the group or person who has staged the most outstanding community event, either small or large, between 30 October 2019 and 29 October 2020. This could be a single day event, a multiple day event or a virtual event.
Community Recognition is awarded to an individual based in the Shire who has made a significant contribution to the local community in the current year or over a number of years.
Council has launched an online nomination form, available on our website, to make it easier to nominate someone or a group who has continued their good will this year, despite the extraordinary challenges caused by the global pandemic.
Nominations close Friday 13 November.
If you have any questions, or would like some help with your application, please contact Council’s Community Relations team on 5573 0444.