Australia Day 2022 is a great occasion to come together and reflect, respect and celebrate those who put others before themselves and Southern Downs Regional Council is now inviting nominations to recognise the region’s most deserving and outstanding citizens at the 2022 Australia Day Awards.

Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said it is time to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional people who have worked tirelessly through drought, flood and bushfires and displayed our resilient spirit. “It is time to nominate those members in our community who have championed the resilient spirit of the Southern Downs through record breaking drought, floods, bushfires and a global pandemic,” Mayor Pennisi said.

“It is an important step in sewing together the tapestry of our community to acknowledge and thank those who have selflessly carried our best interests at heart by stepping up and going above and beyond for our community. So many volunteers and community members go unrecognised and this your chance to recognise their worth by picking up a nomination form and bringing to our attention someone who deserves the heartfelt recognition.”

Categories for the 2022 Australia Day Awards include:
? Citizen of the Year Award – northern region
? Citizen of the Year Award – southern region
? Junior Citizen of the Year Award – northern region
? Junior Citizen of the Year Award – southern region
? Sportsperson/ Sports Administrator of the Year – northern region
? Sportsperson/ Sports Administrator of the Year – southern region
? Junior Sportsperson of the Year – northern region
? Junior Sportsperson of the Year – southern region
? Cultural/Community Event or Person of the Year Award – northern region
? Cultural/Community Event or Person of the Year Award – southern region

Nominations open are now open and close Friday 7 January 2022 with winners being announced on Australia Day 2022. Nominees for the junior awards must be under 18 years of age at 26 January 2022.  The overall Southern Downs Citizen of the Year will be selected from the collective group from all categories.

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