The annual Australia Day Awards celebrate the region’s most deserving citizens and this year the Southern Downs Region Council is inviting all members of the community to get involved and nominate.

“Nominations are open now for the 2020 Australia Day Awards, and I’d urge everyone to nominate those people from the region who are consistently going above and beyond the call of duty – whether that be for a local club or organisation or because they are there to lend a hand to anyone who needs one,” Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said.

The Southern Downs Citizen of the Year and the Youth Citizen of the Year are to be announced in the lead up to Australia Day to recognise citizens for their outstanding contributions to the community, environmental work or charitable deeds. “I’d urge everyone to nominate those people from the region who are consistently going above and beyond the call of duty – whether that be for a local club or organisation or because they are there to lend a hand to anyone who needs one,” Cr Dobie said.

Nancy De Prada received a Citizen of the Year award this year for her tireless dedication and selfless commitment to the community as a part of a number of organisations, clubs and events. In a letter penned to Southern Downs Regional Council supporting Nancy’s nomination, Warwick Netball Secretary, Linda Bunch said Nancy was a guiding force and wonderful voice of reason and clarification. “Some of our hardest working members of the community fly under the radar, and these awards are an opportunity to let them know their work is appreciated,” Cr Dobie said.

Nominations for the 2020 awards close 29 November.

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