Nominations for the 2018 Douglas Shire Council Australia Day Awards will close on Friday, November 24.
Mayor Julia Leu said the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of locals who contribute to the Douglas community.
“The Australia Day Awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise the achievements of our Shire’s quiet achievers and highlight the efforts of those among us who make such a valuable contribution to the well-being of our communities. We have also introduced new categories this year, recognising environmental, arts and cultural and sporting contributions to our Shire,” said Mayor Leu.
There are seven award categories:
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 2018) for their personal endeavours, achievements and community involvement; and
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 25 years or under at 26 January 2018) recognises young sports people for their personal endeavours and achievements in their sporting code.
To be eligible to be nominated for a Douglas Shire Council Australia Day Award, nominees must not have been a previous recipient of an Australia Day Award in the same category, be an elected representative eg MP, Councillor or a recipient of Australia and Imperial Honours and must be Australian citizens living in the Douglas Shire Council local government area.
Nomination forms are available by downloading it HERE, or from Council’s Administration Office and the Port Douglas Community Hub.
Nominations close 4.30pm Friday 24 November 2017. The awards will be presented at the Australia Day Awards ceremony at Port Douglas Community Hall on January 26, 2018.
Media contact: Kerrie Hawkes – CEO Unit Executive Officer – 07-4099 9411