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.