Young Citizen of the Year joins the judging panel for 2011
  • Thursday 23 December 2010

Sunshine Coast’s Young Citizen of the Year, Bianca Bond, has joined the judging panel for the Sunshine Coast Council’s Australia Day Awards 2011.

Bianca is currently working with the Department of Education Training and the Arts as Indigenous Student Leadership Pathways Project Officer in the North Coast Region and has worked tirelessly to improve the situation for indigenous youth.

Since her win last year, Bianca has also gained appointment as Minister for Indigenous Affairs in the Queensland Youth Parliament 2010.

Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said Bianca’s objective was to gain the knowledge, skills and experience in the community welfare services and youth sector, enabling her to provide a unique quality of service to organisations and corporations, schools and other service providers.

"Given that Bianca’s ultimate goal is to manage her own organisation to implement her own ideas, techniques and events out there in the community there is no doubt all the hard work she is putting in now will see her realise that goal," he said.

The Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day Awards celebrate the contribution of individuals, community organisations and businesses in the region. The prestigious awards are designed to pay tribute to those who make extraordinary contributions to society or who are outstanding achievers in the community.

Bianca encourages residents to nominate for an award, anyone they believe makes a special contribution to the region.

"Based on my achievement at last year’s awards, I highly recommend residents nominate any local you believe deserves to be recognised for their exceptional contribution to the Sunshine Coast," she said.

Nominations for the third annual Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are now open until December 31 in the following categories:

  • Community
  • Creative
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year

Forms can be downloaded from council's website or picked up from customer service centres, libraries, Sunshine Coast University and TAFE.

For more information visit council's website or email ozdayawards@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au