Do you know someone outstanding in your community? Standing out from the crowd and putting ourselves forward for praise might not come easily to many Australians, but there are plenty of reasons to nominate fellow citizens for Australia Day awards to recognise the region’s true achievers.

Toowoomba Regional Council Australia Day coordinating committee chair Councillor Mike Williams is encouraging residents across the region to nominate groups and people who go above and beyond in the service of others in the community. Urging residents to lodge their nominations by 31 October, Cr Williams said it would allow local Australia Day committees time to review and judge categories in readiness for next year’s community celebrations and award presentations. “While Council plays a part in organising these functions, it is entirely up to the community to nominate the people they consider are most deserving of recognition,” Cr Williams said.

The application for the nominations can be completed online with the award categories as follows: Citizen of the year (for a person older than 26), Citizen of the Year – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Young citizen of the year (for a nominee under 26), Cultural award, Sports award (senior and junior), and Community group/event of the year.

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