21 November 2022

Time running out to make some noise for quiet achievers

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Wagga Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout and council events officer Emma Corbett are urging residents to submit nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Wagga Wagga City Council is urging the community to submit nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards.

Entries will close by the end of this week (Friday, 25 November), and people have five categories in which to nominate individuals who they believe deserve the following awards: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Environmental Citizen of the Year Award, Ted Ryder Sports Memorial Award, and the Walk of Honour.

Wagga Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout paid tribute to the many people who gave of themselves for the betterment of the community.

“People are giving of themselves, and they do that for no recognition generally,” Councillor Tout said.

“This is an opportunity for people to nominate them so they can be recognised. Community members who are aware of what people are doing need to nominate.”

Cr Tout said for those who had been thinking about a local champion who was making a contribution to the community, now was the time to give them the recognition they deserved.

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Wagga Council events officer Emma Corbett said the committee would love to see a diverse range of nominees across all the award categories.

“Australia Day Awards give us the opportunity to recognise people who contribute to the community,” Ms Corbett said.

“It allows us to say thanks for everything they’re doing and contributing to the Wagga community.

“Wagga is a generous community and is made up of hundreds of volunteers who provide support to a range of organisations, sporting groups, youth initiatives, charities and more.”

Ms Corbett said the committee had been taken aback by the number of nominations received so far.

“They are coming in thick and fast, which is great,” she said.

“And that’s probably a bit of a post-COVID thing as we get more out into the community, more able to volunteer, and see the return of events and community activations.

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“Although we always encourage more. We definitely want to be able to recognise everyone that goes above and beyond for the community.”

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 25 November.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Civic Theatre on the evening of Wednesday, 25 January, 2023.

To submit an online nomination, visit Australia Day Awards nomination or pick up a hard-copy application form from the customer service desk at the Civic Centre.

For further information, contact [email protected] or call 1300 292 442.

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