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Nominations open for Australia Day Awards

2020 Australia Day Award recipients - SallyRose Carbines, President, Castlemaine Farmers Market with Ada Levis, Gary McClure and Vic Say. Photo by Diana Domonkos.

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year, with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacting almost every aspect of our lives. In spite of the many challenges we have also seen extraordinary individuals making a real difference to our community.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year, with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacting almost every aspect of our lives. In spite of the many challenges we have also seen extraordinary individuals making a real difference to our community.

To celebrate these acts of generosity, volunteerism, kindness, and fun, Mount Alexander Shire Council is calling for you to nominate a person or an event to be recognised through the 2021 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Awards.

“This year has looked like no other, but it’s important that we celebrate some of the wonderful people who have gone above and beyond in supporting or helping others this year,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“There are many people in our community who have made a big difference in the lives of others. We would love to hear from you about who you think should be our citizens of the year or event of the year,” said Ms Knight.

“It may be someone who gives their time to the community, to the arts or creative areas, in sporting activities, education, environment or community development.

“Whoever it is – if they are making a difference in the lives of others – we want you to nominate them,” she said.

The categories are:

- Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Event of the Year (includes online events).

“It’s very straightforward to make a nomination. You can complete the nomination form on our website or pick up a form from the Civic Centre or Visitor Information Centres in Maldon or Castlemaine,” said Ms Knight.

“Last year we recognised the extraordinary contribution of three individuals and one event. These were Gary McClure, Vic Say, Ada Levis and the Castlemaine Farmers Market,” she said.

“It was incredibly special to be able to celebrate these people on Australia Day in Victory Park. The event is likely to look a little different in 2021, but it’s more important than ever to recognise the amazing work of people who are making a difference in our community.”

Nominees must live in Mount Alexander Shire, be an Australian citizen and have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years. The Young Citizen of the Year must be under 25 years of age on 26 January 2021 and the Senior Citizen of the Year must be aged over 65 years.

Nominations are due by 5.00pm on Friday 4 December. Complete an online nomination form at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/AustraliaDay.



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