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Nominations open for Australia Day Awards

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the community this year?

Nominations are now open for the City of Newcastle’s 2021 Australia Day Awards.

Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year are all up for grabs, with successful award recipients announced on Australia Day, 26 January 2021. 

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Novocastrians had shown incredible resilience in navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and looking out for their fellow community members through this difficult time. 

“We have all felt these impacts to some degree, with most of us having to lean on our support networks to get through tough times,” she said. 

“Now is the time to consider those who have gone above and beyond for our community, be it a neighbour, colleague, or local community group that assists those in need. 

“The Australia Day Awards recognise the quiet achievers as well as those more familiar high-profile achievers. What they have in common is their ability to inspire others, overcome challenges and make a significant impact on the people of Newcastle.” 

City of Newcastle’s 2020 Citizen of the Year, Michelle Faithfull, was honoured in January as a passionate fundraiser, raising $180,000 for local charities including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House.

The Hunter Homeless Connect Day coordinator said, while it had been no ordinary year, the Australia Day Award honour had boosted her calling to help others. 

“I am passionate about giving back to the community after all the support I have received in turn; we Novocastrians are a caring bunch,” Ms Faithfull said. 

“There are so many others doing great work in our wonderful community whose efforts deserve to be recognised.” 

Nominees must reside in the Newcastle Local Government Area.

Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be 30 years old or younger on 26 January 2021. 

Nominations close 5pm Sunday 6 December 2020 and can be submitted via the website or hard copy form downloaded from the same site and available at the City Administration Centre, Level 1, 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West.