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Nominations have officially opened for the Douglas Shire 2020 Australia Day Awards.


There are seven award categories celebrating those locals who go above and beyond for the community.

To be eligible to be nominated for a Douglas Shire Council Australia Day Award, nominees must not have been a previous recipient of an Australia Day Award in the same category, cannot be an elected representative (eg MP, Councillor or a recipient of Australia and Imperial Honours) and must be Australian citizens living in the Douglas Shire Council local government area.

Mayor Julia Leu said the awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise residents who are dedicated to making a difference in the Douglas Shire.

“The Australia Day Awards put a spotlight on those quiet achievers amongst us and allow the community to celebrate their successes,” she said.

“Award categories include the highly-regarded Citizen of the Year but they also allow us to capture and recognise people from the arts community or groups making significant and lasting contributions to the environment.”

“Last year’s awards produced an inspiring group of winners and nominees and we’re really excited to open up the nominations for 2020,” she said.

The seven award categories for 2020 are:

  1. Citizen of the Year recognises outstanding members of the community for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement;

  2. Young Citizen of the Year recognises young citizens aged 25 years or under (on 26 January 2019) for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement; and

  3. Volunteer of the Year recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to the social, recreational, environmental and economic quality of life in the community through their endeavours on behalf of individuals, organisations, charities, service groups, clubs, churches, sporting groups, health or youth.

  4. Arts and Cultural Award recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to arts and culture in the community.

  5. Environmental Achievement Award recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to the environment.

  6. Senior Sports Award recognises sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.

  7. Junior Sports Award (Aged 18 years or under at 26 January 2019) recognises young sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Council website here.


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