Australia Day Award Nominations Now Open

Published on 09 October 2018

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Do you know a person, community group or event deserving recognition?

Nominations for the 2019 Benalla Rural City Australia Day Awards are now open.

There are four categories open for nominations:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (16 - 25 years old)
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year

District achiever categories will also be awarded.

Acting Mayor, Cr Peter Davis, said the awards are an important part of Benalla Rural City’s festive calendar.

“The Australia Day Awards provide the opportunity to recognise the achievements and contributions of those who serve our local community,”

“I encourage everyone to consider the people they know who have made an exceptional contribution to their communities. We all know someone who has made life in Benalla Rural City better in some way,” said Cr Davis.

“You can nominate a community member, group or event as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who give their time and effort into making our Rural City a great place to live.”

Strong nominations will include as much information as possible about the nominee. Nominees should be either a role model or leader, have excelled in their field or have made a significant contribution over the year or over many years. Past nominees who did not win a major award in last year’s awards can be renominated.

The Community Event of the Year will be awarded to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding and inclusive community event during 2018.

Nominations close Monday 3 December 2018.

The awards will be presented on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January 2019 at the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC) at 11.30am.

Download the Australia Day Award guidelines(PDF, 109KB)

Download the Australia Day Award nomination form(DOC, 2MB)

Forms can also be obtained from the Council’s Customer Service Centre and the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Learning Centre (Benalla Library).

Pictured -  from left, Citizen of the Year Margaret Castles with joint Baddaginnie Achievers Doug and Jan Williams