Australia Day Awards: nominate someone great!

People who work tirelessly to support Hume residents are the focus of the Hume Australia Day Awards, and nominations for the awards are now open.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, encouraged everyone to consider whether they knew someone who deserved to be recognised.

“More than 180,000 people call Hume home, and there are many individuals in our community who volunteer to support others,” Cr Atmaca said.

“These awards offer an opportunity to thank the people who sacrifice their own time to make life better for others.

“Unsung heroes are everywhere in Hume, from the person who cooks in a community kitchen, to the individual who drives residents to their medical appointments.

“People who do something for someone else often don’t ask for anything in return, but it is important that we recognise those who have contributed so much.”

Anyone can nominate Hume residents in the following award categories:

• Australia Day Hume Citizen of the Year; and
• Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year.

An award of Community Event of the Year is also on offer to recognise a community group or individual who has coordinated an outstanding community event.

Cr Atmaca said that many events had been held in Hume this year.

“Hume is a vibrant place and events are held in all parts of our municipality, from Jacana to Greenvale, and from Sunbury to Campbellfield,” he said.

“Festivals and community get-togethers help our residents to get to know others in their neighbourhood, and make new friends.

“The Community Event of the Year award will honour the people behind a truly fantastic occasion.”

All nominations are considered by a selection panel that includes the mayor, deputy mayor, and community representatives.

Cr Atmaca said he was confident that large numbers of people would be eligible for the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards.

“These individual accolades are designed for people who have volunteered, or shown vision, or taken the lead within our community,” he said.

“The awards can also celebrate residents who have made great sacrifices, as well as those who are role models to others.”

All nominees for Young Citizen of the Year must be 26 years of age or younger as of 26 January 2016.

Events are eligible for the Community Event of the Year award if they have taken place between 20 December 2014 and 18 December 2015.

All awards will be announced at Hume City Council’s Australia Day ceremony, to be held at the Broadmeadows Town Hall on 26 January 2016.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 5pm on 18 December 2015, and can be downloaded here.

People who would like a paper copy of a nomination form, or any further information, may call Council on 03 9205 2200 or pop into a Hume customer service centre.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 26 October 2015

Updated : 10:57 AM, 26 October 2015

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