2017 Australia Day citizen awards, more time to nominate

You could be the reason someone is acknowledged for their hard work.

Residents are encouraged to nominate now for Wingecarribee Shire’s 2017 Australia Day Awards.

The deadline has been extended until close of business on Friday, January 20.

The Australia Day Awards are one of the most prestigious honours that can be bestowed upon a hardworking member of our local community.

Last year's winners: 2016 Citizen of the Year Kathy Roche with 2016 Young Citizen of the Year awardee Amelia Brook. Photo by Victoria Lee

Last year's winners: 2016 Citizen of the Year Kathy Roche with 2016 Young Citizen of the Year awardee Amelia Brook. Photo by Victoria Lee

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead encouraged residents to nominate those they admire or whose contributions they find inspiring at all levels of the community.

“The Australia Day Awards are a great opportunity to say thanks and acknowledge those in our community who go above and beyond in their endeavours,” he said.

“We’re looking for people who are role models in our community, who deserve to be singled out for recognition.”

2017 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year

The Young Citizen Award is open to people who are aged 25 years of age or younger.

“Even if you think someone is well-known for their achievements, it’s best not to assume they’ve already been nominated,” Cr Halstead said.

“I encourage all residents to submit a nomination of their own.”

All nominees must reside in the Wingecarribee Shire and nominations must be submitted by close of business on Friday, January 20.

“If you’ve been thinking about nominating someone but haven’t got around to filling out the form, you’ve still got time,” Cr Halstead said.

For further information about the Australia Day Citizen Awards or how to nominate, please contact council’s Australia Day co-ordinator on 4868 0719 or visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day program starts at 9.30am on January 26 at Berrima Court House.

Celebrations continue with the grand parade at noon.

Entertainment will continue until 4pm with rides, amusements and stalls. Entry is free.

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