Australia Day Awards 2020: New Categories Announced
There are now two more chances to celebrate a local hero this Australia Day.
Two new categories in the Blue Mountains Local Australia Day 2020 Awards celebrate our older citizens and those protecting our environment, with awards for Senior Citizen of The Year (65 year+) and Environmental Citizen of the Year (any age).
The Blue Mountains Local Australia Day Awards are held each year to recognise and reward citizens who demonstrate a consistent record of excellence and outstanding achievements, contributing in a significant way to the Blue Mountains community.
We are encouraging Blue Mountains residents to nominate in one, or all of the five categories:
• Young Citizen of the Year (24 years and under)
• Citizen of the Year (25 – 64 years)
• Senior Citizen of the Year (65 years +)
• Environmental Citizen of the Year (any age)
• Community Achievement of the Year
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said: “It is vital that we encourage volunteering and community involvement by acknowledging those who go above and beyond to contribute to a better Blue Mountains, and a better world.
“These new awards are a chance to recognise older people who are doing great things in our community and those making a significant contribution in an area that concerns us all – helping to preserve our precious environment.
“Therefore, I encourage everyone to take the simple step of nominating local people, so we can give them the recognition they deserve.”
The awards will be announced at the annual Australia Day Awards presentation and Citizenship Ceremony, to be held at the Blue Mountains Theatre & Hub on Sunday, 26 January 2019.
The new award for Environmental Citizen of the Year will recognise an individual or organisation that champions litter reductions and/or environmental initiatives in the local community, such as preserving the environment, using the Return and Earn scheme to fundraise for a meaningful cause, or fostering partnerships that achieve litter reduction and recycling outcomes.
The winner of this local award will also go into the running for the State award that includes $5,000 from Return and Earn towards their community initiative.
Previous recipients of the Blue Mountains Local Citizen of the Year Award have been recognised for their achievements in a broad range of fields, including education, emergency services, community development, safety, cultural events, welfare, sports, and business.
The closing date for nominations is Sunday 8 December, 2019. For more information and to nominate go to: yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/citizenawards.
Photo (from left): 2019 Blue Mountains Australia Day Ambassador, Graham Ross; 2019 Citizen of the Year – George Winston; 2019 Young Citizen of the Year – Adisen Wright; 2019 Community Achievement of the Year – June and David O’Brien from Blackheath Community Op Shop; and Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill.