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2020 Australia Day Awards to shine light on region’s finest

8 October 2019

The region’s most deserving citizens will be recognised at the annual Australia Day Awards, and Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting the community to put pen to paper with nominations now open.

Council will once again support local community service groups to host community-based Australia Day events with their own awards for local citizens.

Nominations are now open for Southern Downs Citizen of the Year and Southern Downs Youth Citizen of the Year, and the winners will be announced in the lead up to Australia Day 2020.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said now was the time for residents to show their appreciation for those tireless and worthy members of the Southern Downs community and nominate them for one of these awards.

“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,” Cr Dobie said.

“Maybe it’s someone who makes a real difference within the community, either directly to other’s lives, through environmental care, charitable work or some deed where their contribution deserves recognition.

“Every club, church, group and society on the Southern Downs has that one person they would be lost without.”

Cr Dobie said the awards were also a chance to say thank you.

“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.

“Have a look around at the people in your circles and you’ll see that someone who will be a worthy Southern Downs Citizen or Youth Citizen of the Year.”

This year 19 locals were nominated for the Australia Day recognition, and winners Nancy De Prada and Grace Quach accepted their respective awards at an Australia Day breakfast hosted by local Lions and Rotary groups.

Council will also host citizenship ceremonies in Warwick and Stanthorpe on 26 January 2020 for those residents who are becoming new Australians.

Nomination forms can be found on the homepage at or at either of Council’s Customer Service Centres in Warwick and Stanthorpe.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

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