Nominations open for 2014 Australia Day Awards

NOMINATIONS for Gladstone Regional Council's 2014 Australia Day Awards are now open.

Residents are being encouraged to nominate a local hero for the prestigious awards, presented annually by the council at a special presentation evening and citizenship ceremony on the eve of Australia Day.

The awards recognise the region's outstanding individuals who make a significant contribution and enhance the liveability of our community.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the awards were a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge the contribution a friend, family member, community leader, colleague or event makes to the region.

"We have so many selfless and dedicated unsung heroes within our community and you can help them gain the recognition they deserve by nominating them for an Australia Day Award," Councillor Sellers said.

Cr Sellers said there had been some changes to the award category names and announced a new Community Volunteer Award for 2014.

Nominations are being sought for the following award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year;
  • Young Citizen of the Year;
  • Arts & Culture Award (formerly Senior Cultural Award and Junior Cultural Award);
  • Senior Sportsperson Award;
  • Young Sportsperson Award;
  • Sports Official Award;
  • Community Event or Initiative Award; and
  • Community Volunteer Award (new).

Nomination forms are available at Gladstone Regional Council administration centres, Gladstone Regional Libraries, the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and the Agnes Water and Mount Larcom Rural Transaction Centres.

Alternatively, nomination forms can be accessed online from the council's website here.

Nominations can be hand delivered to any of the council's offices, faxed to (07) 4975 8500, emailed to or posted to Gladstone Regional Council, PO Box 29, Gladstone QLD 4680.

Nominations are open until 5pm on Thursday, October 31, 2013 with the winners announced at an awards presentation evening on January 25, 2014.

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