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Nominate a great person for Australia Day Awards


Jodie Sontag and Victor Bartley at the 2023 Australia Day Ceremony. Photo TWH

While Australia Day may seem like a long way off, local councils are calling for nominations for awards with entries closing soon.

Bourke, Brewarrina, and Walgett Shire Councils are all accepting nominations for worthy recipients of next year’s Australia Day Awards.

Bourke Shire has categories for outstanding contributions to the local community in categories including Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson and Junior Sportsperson, Village Service Award, Emergency Services Person of the Year, as well as a new category - the Community Event of the Year.

Mel Milgate, Bourke Shire Council’s Manager of Economic Development, said the addition of an extra event was “pretty special”.

“We have a lot of great events that run across the year, and we’ve decided as a council that we should honour those events and the hard-working committees behind them,” Mel said.

“Strong committees are needed to pull events off successfully and I think it’s about time we start patting people on the back for their efforts”.

Nominations don’t have to be limited to a category name according to Mel.

“In the Sportsperson Award last year, we had a group of people win that award - the lady bowlers - so don’t think you’re limited to what the category is. If you think there’s a team out there that deserves to win this award, please nominate them,” she said.

“The Village Award is all about the little villages around our area and their contributions. If we didn’t have such good people working in all these little towns, especially during emergencies, then good things wouldn’t happen.”

Bourke Shire Council’s Australia Day Award nominations close on Friday, December 8 and information on how to nominate can be found on the council’s website.

Walgett Shire Council is also accepting nominations for the 2024 Australia Day Awards and are calling for nominations to recognise people who embody community values. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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