Nominations open for Australia Day Awards

Published: 09 Nov 2018

Nominating an unsung hero for a 2019 Cairns Regional Council Australia Day Award has got much easier with residents now able to nominate online in just a couple of minutes.

Mayor Bob Manning said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge those who contribute to the community in a variety of ways.

“It is vitally important that we recognise members of the community who have contributed to the lives of others or who have been deemed outstanding role models as a result of their personal achievements and attitude,” Cr Manning said.

“We know there are many people out there who deserve this type of recognition and we are calling on the community to help us find them.

“Last year, we received 58 nominations and we are hoping for even more this year. That’s why we’ve streamlined the nomination process to make it quick and easy.”

2018 Citizen of the Year Theo Bacalakis, a founding member of St John’s Community Care, said his award has helped to inspire those he works with.

“I was very humbled and honoured to accept the award on behalf of everyone at St John’s who do amazing work and also for our many clients who were so excited by the recognition.

“The award has inspired so many unsung heroes to continue doing the work that they do.”

Cr Manning added: “If someone inspires you, this is the chance to speak up and help us to recognise that person’s value to the community.”

The 2019 Cairns Regional Council Australia Day Awards has three major award categories.

  1. Citizen of the Year Award
  2. Young Citizen of the Year
  3. Volunteer of the Year.

There are also four specialty awards.

  1. Cultural Award
  2. Junior Cultural Award
  3. Sportsperson of the Year
  4. Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Nominate in just a few minutes online. Nomination forms are also available from Council’s customer service offices and Cairns Libraries branches.

Nominations close on Friday 7 December. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre on Friday 25 January 2019.

Last updated: 09 November 2018