Australia Day award nominations sought

Nominations for the 2022 City of Mount Gambier Australia Day Awards are now open.

The awards will recognise individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the local community during the past year or over many years.

Nominations are sought for outstanding contributions and community service in areas such as education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or other areas that contribute to the advancement and wellbeing of the local community.

Confidential written nominations are invited for:

• Young Citizen of the Year (persons under 30 years of age on 26 January 2022),

• Citizen of the Year (persons 30 years of age or older on 26 January 2022),

• Senior Citizen of the Year (persons 55 years of age or older on 26 January 2022),

• Community Event of the Year, for events staged during 2021 and

• Active Citizenship, delivery of outstanding work on an event or cause staged during 2021.

“The Australia Day Awards are an important way that council recognises the outstanding contribution made by people within our community,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.

“We have fallen on tough times in the past couple of years due to the COVID pandemic, which is even more reason to recognise and celebrate the people who make a real difference within our community.

“Perhaps you might know of a person or an organisation that supported the community during the pandemic and would like to nominate them for the Active Citizenship Award. This award was introduced last year and returns again this year to highlight the delivery of outstanding work for the benefit of the community.”

Nomination forms and guidelines are available online www.citizenoftheyear.com.au or from the Civic Centre, Mount Gambier Library, Mount Gambier Visitor Centre and the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre.

“If you know of a worthy recipient for any of these awards, I encourage you to lodge a nomination form even if it has not been successful previously. Please provide as much information as possible about the person you are nominating, as the committee makes its decision on the basis of the information provided, so the more comprehensive and detailed the better,” Mayor Martin said.

Nominations can be submitted by email to city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au or posted to City of Mount Gambier, PO Box 56, Mount Gambier SA 5290 marked as ‘Australia Day 2022’.

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm on Wednesday November 24, 2021.

Contact City of Mount Gambier Strategic Development and Engagement Coordinator Heidi Gajic on (08) 8721 2555 for further information regarding award nominations.

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