CELEBRATE a local legend by nominating them for a Douglas Shire Council 2021 Australia Day Award.

Nominations are now open across seven categories to recognise those who have gone above and beyond for their community during one of the toughest years in recent memory.

Council has launched a new online nomination form to make it easier for the public to celebrate a local legend.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said many locals continued their good will despite the extraordinary challenges caused by the global pandemic.

“Douglas Shire is lucky to have so many fantastic, selfless people who volunteer and give back to the community rain, hail or shine,” he said.

“Whether it’s a local community group, sporting club or your neighbour, please think about nominating them for an Australia Day award.”

Australia Day Awards are open to Douglas Shire residents and community groups that have made an outstanding achievement or contribution within the community.

The seven award categories for 2021 are:

  1. Citizen of the Year recognises outstanding members of the community for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement;
  2. Young Citizen of the Year recognises young citizens aged 25 years or under (on 26 January 2020) for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement; and
  3. 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.
  4. Arts and Cultural Award recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to arts and culture in the community.
  5. Environmental Achievement Award recognises members of the community of any age making significant and lasting contributions to the environment.
  6. Senior Sports Award recognises sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.
  7. Junior Sports Award (Aged 18 years or under at 26 January 2020) recognises young sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.

Nominations close Friday 20 November so spread the message and make sure someone doing great things in the Douglas Shire gets the credit they deserve.

Nomination forms are available from Council’s Administration Office, Port Douglas Community Hub or you can complete the online form below.

Online Nomination Form - Australia Day Awards 2021

  • Details of Nominator (you)

  • Details of Nominee

  • Details of Parent or Caregiver

    (Only applicable if the nominee is under 18 years of age)
  • Record of Achievements

    Please answer the below questions addressing the nominee's relevant contributions.
  • Please keep in mind that your response may be published or read out during the ceremony. (200 words or less)
  • Referee Details