Nominate a local hero for Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award
  • Monday 19 September 2016
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If you know a person, community group or organisation making a difference to life on the Coast, give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a 2017 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award.

Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the awards today, Monday, September 19, encouraging residents to nominate a local hero.

“The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards have been running since 2009 and have recognised the achievements of many outstanding local residents and community groups,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Earlier this year we were inspired by the story of Chappy Dave (David Larkin), Chaplain for Buderim Mountain State School, our 2016 Citizen of the Year, along with our other very deserving recipients.

“We are lucky to be surrounded by so many individuals in our community who work to make the Coast a better place.

“These awards provide an opportunity for us to publicly show our appreciation and honour the achievements of those individuals and organisations.

“These people make a real difference to life on the Sunshine Coast and it’s important that we celebrate their contribution.”

Mayor Jamieson said this year’s Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony had special significance as it would be the first official celebration event of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast.

“2017 will be an exciting milestone year for our region where we plan to celebrate and commemorate the people that have shaped and defined the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards and the celebration of our local heroes is a befitting event to kick of our year of celebrations.”

If you know a person, community group or organisation worthy of an award; nominate them now in one of the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year, sponsored by 7 News Sunshine Coast
  • Young Citizen of the Year, sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Senior Citizen on the Year, sponsored by Maroochy RSL
  • Community – Group or Organisation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily
  • Environment, sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast
  • Creative, sponsored by TAFE Queensland East Coast
  • Sport and Recreation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Nominations close 9 December 2016. You can nominate online and Entry Kits can be downloaded from council’s website or collected from customer service centres and libraries.

For more information visit council’s website or email ausdayawards@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Image caption: Mayor Mark Jamieson with 2016 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award recipients (l-r) Mick Millington (Environment), Brooke Pratt (joint Young Citizen of the Year), Nathan Tessmann (joint Young Citizen of the Year), David Larkin (Citizen of the Year), Maria Salmon (Creative), Anne Wensley (Senior Citizen of the Year).