Australia Day Awards
Nominations for Yarra's 2016 Australia Day Awards are now open.
Each year, Council celebrates Australia Day by honouring local people who make a difference to the community.
Council presents Australia Day Awards to individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to Yarra in the field of community service, sport, arts and culture, the environment, business and economic development.
There are awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, as well as Community Service and Community Event of the Year.
How to Nominate
To nominate a person or group for an Australia Day Award, please complete this online application form:
Please make sure you read the eligibility criteria shown below before submitting your nomination.
Nominations close on Friday 27 November 2015.
To be eligible for the awards, nominees must be Australian citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the Yarra community in one or more of the following areas:
(a) community service
(c) arts and culture
(d) environment, and/or
(e) business and economic development.
The criteria for each award are as follows:
Citizen of the Year
A person who is 25 years or older on 26 January 2016, resides within the municipality and who has volunteered their time to make a significant contribution during the current year and/or to give outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.
Young Citizen of the Year
A person under 25 years old on or before 26 January 2016, who either lives, works or attends an education institution within the municipality and who has either made a significant contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.
The Young Citizen of the Year will receive a $500 grant for training, professional development, mentoring or to put towards on-going community work.
Community Service of the Year
A resident or non-resident who has volunteered their time to perform outstanding community service in the municipality during the current year, and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.
A community group or organisation which has performed outstanding community service in the municipality during the current year.
Community Event of the Year
A person or group which has staged an important community event within the municipality during the past year.
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