Australia Day Awards

Nominate an unsung hero

Everyone deserves their winning moment, especially the unsung local heroes in arts, education, sports, community work and business.

This is your opportunity to nominate a friend, colleague or relative - someone who deserves recognition for their achievements and contributions to the Cairns community. This could be through their personal involvement in local clubs, sporting groups, volunteering, charity work, business, cultural or youth groups, or those who take on an advocating role to speak up for their community.

Nominations for the 2017 Australia Day Awards are now open until 5pm on 16 December 2016. Nominate using the online form below or download the printable form ( PDF, 0.54 MB ).

Winners will be announced at Council's Australia Day Award celebrations on 25 January 2017.

Council's Australia Day Awards are endorsed by the Federal and Queensland Governments in line with the national Australia Day Awards.

The Awards recognise the unsung heroes in our community who enrich the lives of others, and do so with no fanfare and very little public recognition. Introduced in 1996, the Awards have gained more esteem and recognition each year.

Nominees must be residents of the Cairns Regional Council area who through their personal efforts have made a significant contribution to the community. A person may be recognised in any field, including the arts, education, community work and business. Contributions must be of an outstanding nature and of direct benefit to the Cairns Regional Council community.

Award categories

There are several award categories. Junior awards, including the Young Citizen of the Year, are open to residents aged 21 and under as at 31 December 2016.

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Cultural Award
  • Junior Cultural Award
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year (open)

Australia Day Citizen Awards Nomination

* Fields are compulsory, other fields are optional.

Your details (Nominator)

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Details of the Nominee

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Nominee's age as at 31 December 2016:

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About the nominee

What contributions / achievements has this person made in their field of interest (max 500 words)?

The nominee's past and present memberships of community, sporting and/or professional bodies (max 500 words).

Summarise in 100 words or less why your nominee should win this award (max 100 words).  Please keep in mind that this information may be used in the award ceremony booklet.

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Last updated: 28 October 2016