By Jessica Anstice
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Australia Day Awards and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving local legend or group.
Each year, Cardinia Shire Council and Baw Baw Shire Council shine a light on the unsung heroes and organisations who selflessly give their time and expertise to help others and contribute to the community.
These individuals and groups consistently volunteer for charity work, contribute to community initiatives, demonstrate leadership and continually strive to improve the overall community.
“Each year we host the Australia Day Awards to publicly recognise and honour those who contribute so much to our community,” Baw Baw Mayor Mikaela Power said.
“We’ve seen some amazing people and groups recognised for their advocacy, passion, volunteering and dedication.
“I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to nominate a friend, volunteer or group that has made a positive difference to Baw Baw Shire.”
The nominations process for Baw Baw has been simplified with a short online form that includes space for optional attachments such as reference letters and supporting documents.
Nominations are now open for seven weeks, closing at 5pm on Saturday 30 November.
Once nominations have closed, the selection panel consisting of the mayor and councillors will consider all eligible entries and select a winner in each category.
Award winners will be announced at the Australia Day Awards Ceremonies in January.
The Cardinia Australia Day award winners from 2019 were:
Citizen of the Year – Harpreet Kandra
Senior Citizen of the Year – June Wright, OAM
Young Citizen of the Year – Meagan Venables
Event of the Year – Yakkerboo Festival
The Baw Baw Australia Day award winners from 2019 were:
Citizen of the Year – Peter Ware
Community Event of the Year – Warragul Farmers Market
Australia Day Medallion Recipients – Michael Brennan, Gayle Chippindall, Tim Hurst and Margaret McDonald
Cultural Achievement Award – Lynn Jones