Nominate those making a difference for Australia Day

Published on 13 November 2017

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Murrindindi Shire is urging the community to get behind the 2018 Australia Day Awards and recognise someone they know who makes a difference in our community.

Murrindindi Shire Council’s Mayor Charlie Bisset said Murrindindi Shire has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the State.

“There are so many people working to improve the lives of others in our communities,” Cr Bisset said. “And so there must be many worthy contenders for the Shire’s Australia Day awards and it would be great to see them recognised for their work.

“Whether they’re organising events, looking after the environment, working in emergency services or helping out on a day-to-day basis to make peoples’ lives easier, we want to know about these tireless workers, as they’re just so important to our communities.

“Our communities would be much poorer without their commitment and effort. So if you know of someone you think deserves recognition for their work, get in touch with us – please don’t let the opportunity slip by.   

“Recognising these important people is also a great way to ensure we celebrate the idea of volunteering and working in the service of others – this is one way to ensure we pass this great tradition on to our Shire’s young people,” added Cr Bisset.

The 2017 Australia Day awards saw Ray Steyger awarded Murrindindi Shire Citizen of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community. Melissa Peart from Marysville was recognised as the Murrindindi Shire Young Citizen of the Year for her volunteering and fundraising efforts and the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend was awarded the Murrindindi Shire Community Event of the Year for a second year running. 

The 2018 nominations are open in the following categories:

  • Murrindindi Shire Citizen of the Year

  • Murrindindi Shire Young Citizen of the Year

  • Murrindindi Shire Senior Citizen of the Year

These awards provide all Murrindindi Shire residents with the opportunity to pay tribute to outstanding local achievers. The closing date for nominations has been extended to 5pm on Friday 24 November 2017.

Download a nomination form here, or you can pick up a form from any Council Office or by calling (03) 5772 0337.

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Above - Ray Steyger - 2017 Murrindindi Shire's Citizen of the Year 

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