Nominations have opened for the 2021 Liverpool Plains Shire (LPS) Australia Day Awards. There are 7 categories, and the aim of the awards is to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals and groups to the local community, plus highlighting the importance and significance of Australia Day. The theme for 2021 is The Story of Australia - Reflect, Respect, Celebrate.
“Due to COVID-19 2020 has been a very different year for most people. However, many volunteers and organisations have continued to do a remarkable job under very difficult circumstances. We need you to let us know of those people and organisations you feel are deserving of these awards by taking a few minutes of your time to nominate them,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
The categories for the 2021 (LPS) Australia Day Awards are:
Citizen of the Year - open to persons 18 years or older on 26 January 2021
Young Citizen of the Year - open to persons under 18 years of age on 26 January 2021
(Both Citizen and Young Citizen categories will be assessed on the commitment the nominee shows to the community through their various community based activities over the last 12 months)
Local Legend - Seeks to recognise those individuals who have worked tirelessly without recognition behind the scenes to support an organisation in its activities or an individual in achieving success in a chosen field
Sportsperson of the Year - open to persons 18 years or older on 26 January 2021
Junior Sports Person of the Year - open to persons under 18 years of age on 26 January 2021
(Both sports categories will be assessed on the sporting achievements of the nominee including the number of different sports at which the nominee excels and the level at which they represent. Sportsperson of the Year also includes recognition of those men and women who have given outstanding service to a sport or sporting organisation over many years).
Marie Maunder Community Service Award - Seeks to recognise an individual who has made an ongoing and outstanding contribution to community service to the Liverpool Plains District.
Emergency Services Community Award - As well as looking at contributions within a nominee’s given Emergency Service Agency (ESA), judges will be specifically looking for examples of additional community service nominees have performed, above and beyond their normal ESA duties.
“Nominees must be Australian citizens, residing in the Liverpool Plains Shire local government area at the time of nomination. You may nominate a person in more than one category however they cannot win more than one category and cannot win a category they won the previous year.
Full details of criteria, eligibility and the nomination process can be found on the official nomination form. The form can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSAUS21. Hard copies of the form are available from the LPSC Administration Centre, Werris Creek library and the Visitor Information Centre Willow Tree. You can request a form be emailed to you by calling the Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 or via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of how to return completed nominations is provided on the forms,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“The LPS Australia Day Awards Ceremony will be presented at the Royal Theatre Quirindi, commencing at 10am, on Tuesday 26 January 2021.
“The LPS Australia Day Awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution or given outstanding service to our local communities. Because these awards are grassroots, it is other community members who know who deserves to be recognised. Your nominations are essential in making the awards successful so please take a moment and consider nominating those that make a difference and enrich the fabric of our Shire,” he concluded.