Australia Day Awards nominations now open

Published on 09 December 2020

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Applications are now open for Yarra Ranges Council’s 2021 Australia Day Awards, with residents being encouraged to nominate anyone they see doing great work to improve their community.

Yarra Ranges Council CEO, Tammi Rose, said the awards were a chance for community members to be formally recognised and celebrated for their efforts.

“There are so many people in the Yarra Ranges who give back so much to their community,” Ms Rose said.

“These people could be volunteering at your local sporting club or community group, dedicating their time to benefit others, or simply just making the Yarra Ranges an even better place to live.”

“Despite this new COVID way of living there’s still so much good going on in our community, and in many instances these people are really lending a hand to some of our most vulnerable residents in these times.

“I encourage anyone who has a spare moment, to have a think about someone in their community who they see doing amazing things and to fill out a nomination form so we can showcase and recognise their efforts.”

Further details on an award ceremony will be announced shortly to factor in any COVID-19 restrictions.

Award categories

  • Citizen of Year – above 26 years of age (at 26 January 2021)
  • Young Citizen of the Year – under the age of 26 (at 26 January 2021)
  • Environmental Achiever of the Year
  • Ken McIntosh Memorial Award (Young Environmental Achiever) – under the age of 26 (at 26 January 2021)
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award - selected by the Mayor and peers
  • Ian De La Rue Award for Community Leadership –selected by the Mayor and peers

Nominations close Friday 4 December 2020, 5.00pm

Click here to view form.

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Australia Day Awards 2021 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for the Yarra Ranges Council Australia Day Awards, people must be Australian citizens (unless there are exceptional circumstances), and must be residents of Australia.

The nominee/community group must have made an outstanding contribution to the Municipality which has improved the wellbeing of the Yarra Ranges community.

How to compile your nomination

  • Complete the online submission which should be around 1000 words, maximum 2000 words
  • Include any relevant information to support your nominee
  • List any other awards
  • Names of two referees who may be contacted if required

Attributes of Nominee may include

  • Strong community values
  • Ability to show leadership
  • Ability to be a role model
  • Embrace the community and its diverse cultures
  • Commitment to activities that have both short and long term benefits for others and community
  • A commitment to the environment

Condition of Entry

  • Nominations must be made on the official page
  • All nomination information and materials submitted remains the property of the Yarra Ranges Council
  • Persons cannot nominate themselves
  • Entry for the Young Citizen of the Year and the Ken Mclntosh Award must be under 26 years of age (as at 26 January 2021)
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the decision
  • In the absence of any nominations from members of the public, Council may make its own nominations based on local knowledge and experience