AUSSIE CHAMPIONS: Some of the 2016 Australia Day Award recipients with Australia Day Ambassador Alison Fairleigh.
AUSSIE CHAMPIONS: Some of the 2016 Australia Day Award recipients with Australia Day Ambassador Alison Fairleigh. Contributed

Residents urged to nominate outstanding citizens

NOMINATIONS for the 2017 Australia Day Awards for Southern Downs will close next week and mayor Tracy Dobie has urged residents across the region to be inspired by the Australia Day spirit of mateship, pride and the sense of community, and nominate a worthy recipient.

Cr Dobie said the awards were a significant avenue for acknowledging the efforts of outstanding members of the community. "There is a strong sense of community throughout the many communities that make up the Southern Downs region,” Cr Dobie said. "This is underpinned by rafts of committed and caring volunteers and residents, many of whom seek no recognition for their efforts.

"However, the Australia Day Awards do provide a way to shine a light on these individuals and groups, to recognise their outstanding contributions, commitment and efforts that make our region a better place to live.”

Council is also seeking assistance from residents to help spread the word about the Australia Day Awards nomination process to family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community groups and sport or recreation clubs.

Nomination forms can be collected from the Southern Downs Regionnal Council's community contact centres in Stanthorpe and Warwick as well as its libraries, or its website, sdrc.qld.gov.au.

The eight categories are Junior Citizen Award, Cultural Award, Junior Cultural Award, Sports Award, Junior Sports Award, Sports Administration Award and Community Event of the Year.

Nominations close on Monday, November 28.

Stanthorpe Border Post


New reservoir flowing to Southern Downs residents

Premium Content New reservoir flowing to Southern Downs residents

The first load of water has been carted and residents are warned there may be a...

EXPOSED: Rose City’s drug offenders

Premium Content EXPOSED: Rose City’s drug offenders

From a woman mailing meds to her nephew, to a man with a stash of utensils, here is...

Shannons Championship to light up Morgan Park

Premium Content Shannons Championship to light up Morgan Park

The massive national event is expected to bring huge numbers of visitors to the...