Wandong’s John Simpson was recognised as Mitchell Shire’s Citizen of the Year in January. He and many others have been recognised for their worthy contribution to the community. ​

Mitchell Shire Council’s Australia Day committee is now calling for community awards nominations ahead of next year’s event.

Anyone in the community can be nominated – an individual or group who deserve recognition for service to the community and fellow community members.

When making a submission, information included should relate to how the individual or a group fits the selection criteria, their dedication or service, achievements and demonstrated excellence.

This year, the five categories are:

Access and Inclusion: The award recognises people with or without disability working in a voluntary capacity to improve access and inclusion for people with disability within Mitchell Shire.

Citizen of the Year: A person who is over 25 years of age, must be an Australian citizen who resides in Mitchell Shire and who has either made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Young Citizen of the Year: A person aged 25 years or under, must be an Australian citizen who lives in Mitchell Shire and who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Online or Community Event of the Year: Community event of the year is bestowed upon a community organisation or community group who has staged a noteworthy event during the preceding year to the award. In 2021, this may include an online event as innovation is celebrated.

Community Group of the Year: Community group of the year is bestowed upon a community group who has made a significant contribution and exceptional service to the community in the current year or over several years.

Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was a great honour to stand alongside some of the community’s most inspirational people on Australia Day to recognise their achievements and commitment to others.

“If you have thought someone deserves community recognition for the selfless work they put in or if you think a group is standing out in helping others, please put in a nomination,” she said.

“We all know it has been a challenging time over the past 18 months – but being able to host a small awards ceremony in Wallan earlier this year was a highlight.

“We hope to be able to do so again in 2022, COVID-19 permitting.”

Full details for each sub-category, including selection criteria, can found on council’s website. The nomination portal is online, however, if you need a hard copy or assistance, contact council on 5734 6200. Nominations close 9am on November 10.

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