DOUGLAS Shire residents and community groups are encouraged to nominate a quiet achiever for a 2019 Australia Day Awards.
Douglas Shire Council is now taking nominations across seven award categories that seeks to celebrate locals who make outstanding contributions to the Douglas Shire.
Mayor Julia Leu said the awards are a perfect opportunity to highlight the efforts of residents who help make Douglas Shire a better place.
“We have a diverse range of categories to celebrate our key locals who help shape and define Douglas Shire,” she said.
“This could a high-achieving athlete, volunteer, an environmental warrior or someone who has made a lasting contribution to our arts and culture.
“The Australia Day Awards is a fantastic opportunity to shine the light on our quiet achievers and celebrate the successes across Douglas Shire.”
Judo champion Sebastian Temesi, Community Centre volunteer Jason Renton and author Bill Wilkie featured in an inspiring list of the 2018 winners.
There are seven award categories for 2019:
• 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 18 years or under at 26 January 2018) recognises young sports people for their personal endeavors 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, cannot 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 from Council’s Administration Office, Port Douglas Community Hub, and Council’s Australia Day Awards 2019 webpage.
Nominations close 4.30pm Friday 23 November 2018.
The awards will be presented at the Australia Day Awards ceremony at Port Douglas Community Hall on January 26, 2019.