Nominations for 2023 Australia Day Awards now open

30 Aug 2022 |

30 August 2022

Great communities are often defined by selfless individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve great things for their peers. To celebrate and recognise our region’s local legends, Southern Downs Regional Council is now calling for nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards.

Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said the annual awards are an important community initiative and encouraged residents to nominate someone who deserves a real pat on the back.

“Southern Downs is home to an army of individuals who make a true difference at a grass roots level to our community and liveability through their tireless contributions,” Mayor Pennisi said.

“These individuals are the engine room of our communities and it is their countless hours of service in our sporting clubs, environmental groups and arts, culture and civic services that make Southern Downs a great place to live, work, play and stay.

“So many hard workers go unrecognised and now is the opportunity to recognise, show our appreciation and say thanks to the champions of our community by nominating them for the 2023 Australia Day Awards.”

Categories for the 2023 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 are now open and close at midnight on Friday 13 January 2023, with winners being announced on Australia Day 2023. 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.

All submissions and queries should be directed to mail@sdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 697 372.

Nomination forms and the guidelines are available at Australia Day Awards Nominations - Southern Downs Regional Council (sdrc.qld.gov.au).

Previous recipients of the Southern Downs Citizen of the Year award include Frances Hodgson, Corina Graham, Debbie-Ann Wilmot, Sandra Head, Ben Armbruster, Nancy De Prada and Grace Quach.

Last edited date 19 Sep 2022