Australia Day Award nominations have now closed
NOW is the time to put a local legend up for a 2023 Australia Day Award.
Nominations are now open across eight categories to celebrate Douglas locals who have gone above and beyond for the community in the past 12 months.
Volunteers, sports stars, environmental advocates, artists, and every day high achievers will be in the running for civic recognition on January 26 next year.
Anyone can complete an online nomination form at Council’s website today.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said awards were the perfect opportunity to recognise the region’s quiet achievers.
“Every year we get so many incredible, selfless and modest people who get nominated for giving back to the community,” he said.
“We are asking everyone to take a moment to think about someone you know who has made a positive contribution to Douglas Shire in the past 12 months.
“Whether it’s a local community group, sporting club or your neighbour who is a dedicated volunteer, please think about nominating them for a 2023 Australia Day award.”
Winners from previous years below
Australia Day Awards are open to Douglas Shire residents and community groups that have made an outstanding achievement or contribution within the community.
The award ceremony will be held at 10am on 26 January 2023 at the Port Douglas Community Hall. The eight award categories for 2023 are:
- Citizen of the Year recognises outstanding members of the community for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement;
- Young Citizen of the Year recognises young citizens aged 25 years or under (on 26 January 2023) for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement; and
- Senior Citizen of the Year (over 65 years of age as of 26 January 2023) recognising senior citizens for their personal endeavours, achievements, and community involvement, or given outstanding service to the local community.
- 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.
- Arts and Cultural Award recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to arts and culture in the community.
- Environmental Achievement Award recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to the environment.
- Senior Sports Award recognises sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.
- Junior Sports Award (Aged 18 years or under at 26 January 2023) recognises young sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.
Nominations close Friday 18 November 2022 so spread the message and make sure someone doing great things in the Douglas Shire gets the credit they deserve.
To nominate a local legend, please complete a nomination form at Council’s website Here
Nomination forms are also available at Council’s Administration Office and Port Douglas Community Hub.