Three weeks until 2017 Burdekin Australia Day Awards nominations close

Burdekin residents are being urged to nominate deserving community members for the 2017 Burdekin Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards. Nominations close on Friday December 2, 2016.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said these awards were an important tool in acknowledging the hard work of volunteers in the community.

“The Burdekin has a lot of community minded people who dedicate their time to volunteering on a wide variety of organisations such as Rotary, Lions and sporting groups and causes such as cancer and mental health awareness,” she said.

“These wonderful people expect nothing in return for their efforts, but the Australia Day Awards are a way for the community to show its appreciation for their efforts.

“It’s up to residents to nominate these deserving people and now is the time to do it.

“If you’ve nominated someone in the past and they weren’t selected for an award, nominate them again.”

The award categories include recognition for outstanding junior and senior citizens, sportspeople, sports administrators, sportsperson with a disability, junior and senior cultural achievements and community events.

Cr McLaughlin said there were new categories available this year.

“This year we are including a Life Time Contribution Award, which is for outstanding achievement and leadership in the local community, and a senior and junior Environment Award,” she said.

“There is also an Excellence Award for a person who is an inspirational role model in either a paid or unpaid capacity.

“I look forward to seeing the nominations coming in and meeting the winners at the Australia Day event which will be held at the Burdekin Theatre in Ayr.”

Nomination forms are available from the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers in Young Street, Ayr; the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches; and on Council’s website at

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