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Nominations for the 2017 Australia Day Awards are now open to residents in the WhitsundayRegion.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the awards presented an opportunity for a range of Whitsundayindividuals and groups to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.
“If you know a person or a community group worthy of recognition for their contribution to thecommunity, to sport or cultural pursuits, help us to recognise their efforts and nominate them for an Australia Day Award,” Mayor Willcox said.
“We often underestimate the dedication and sense of civic pride of everyday people living in ourcommunity and the Australia Day Awards are a great way to recognise their achievements,” hesaid.
“I personally know of many people throughout this great region that are generous and talentedindividuals that make selfless contributions for the happiness of others. That is why we celebrateAustralia Day and what it means to be Australian.
“Take the time to nominate someone you know whether it be a neighbour, colleague or friend;entry is free and open to all members and groups.”
• Citizen of the year (26 years and older)• Older Person of the Year (60 years or older)• Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 25)• Junior Sports Person (up to & including 18 years)• Senior Sports Person (19 years and older)• Junior Cultural (up to & including 18 years)• Senior Cultural (19 years and older)• Community Event of the Year (non-profit)• Sports Administrator (e.g. coach, official or administrator)• Wally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award (applicable to towns in south of region only)
The ages listed above are ‘as at 26 January 2017’. Nominations close 4pm, 2nd December 2016.
Australia Day Awards and celebrations will be conducted in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Collinsvillewith further information on these events to be made available at a later date.
For enquiries, please call Elizabeth Youd on 4945 0291.