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Citizen of the Year

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Citizen of the Year

Link to nomination form for citizen of the year.Citizen of the Year including: Young Citizen of the Year; Sportsperson of the Year; and Australia Day Local Award

Guidelines and Criteria

Each year the people of the Bega Valley Shire are invited to nominate fellow citizens for the NSW Local Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Awards. The awards aim to recognise outstanding achievement during the past year and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years.

Award Categories

  • Citizen of the Year Award
    To be eligible, the person must be 26 years or older on 26 January (in the year the award is to be presented) and be an Australian citizen that lives within the Bega Valley Shire.
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award
    To be eligible, the person must be between 16 and 26 years of age on 26 January (in the year the award is to be presented) and be an Australian citizen that lives within the Bega Valley Shire.
  • Senior Citizen of the Year Award
    To be eligible, the person must be between 16 and 26 years of age on 26 January (in the year the award is to be presented).
  • Sportsperson of the Year Award
    To be eligible, the person must be an Australian citizen that lives within the Bega Valley Shire.
  • Australia Day Local Award
    To be eligible, the person must be an Australian citizen that lives within the Bega Valley Shire.

Guidelines and Criteria

Each year the people of the Bega Valley Shire are invited to nominate fellow citizens to recognise outstanding achievement during the past year and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years. 

The Awards reward and recognise individuals that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or give an outstanding service over a number of years, to our local community over and above normal employment duties. Outstanding contribution and community service includes areas such as; education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or any other area that contributes to the advancement and well-being of a community.

This is your opportunity to recognise and reward someone who inspires you.  Nominate someone who makes a real difference in your community and give them the opportunity to be rewarded and recognised for their important contribution

Who is Eligible?

  • Nominees must be Australian citizens and residing in the Bega Valley Shire at the time of nomination.
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years.
  • Self nominations will not be accepted.
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously.
  • Sitting state and federal politicians and current vice-regal officers are not eligible. Consideration of retired politicians and officers would be for work in addition to their official duties.
  • A person cannot receive a second award in the same Awards category, but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years eg. Young Citizen of the Year and then Citizen of the Year.
  • Nominations will be considered by Council’s Awards and Scholarships Committee who will determine which awards are presented in any given year.  Bega Valley Awards and Scholarships Committee Guidelines

How to Nominate

To nominate, please complete the nomination form selecting either Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year or Senior Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year of Local Australia Day Award. The nomination should detail the nature, duration and impact of the nominee’s contribution to the Bega Valley Shire community.

In assessing a nomination, the assessment panel may consider:

  • the number of hours of work over and above normal employment duties;
  • the benefit to the community from the nominee’s service or contribution;
  • other outstanding achievements by the nominee;
  • other recognition of the nominee’s contribution or work, including publicity;
  • whether the nominee worked as part of a team and their role within the team;
  • whether the nominee has had assistance from council, government or other grants;
  • whether the nominee has had to overcome any particular difficulties or hurdles;
  • who has benefited most from the work of the nominee.

Presentation

The awards will be presented on Australia Day (26 January) each year at the Shire’s Official Australia Day Ceremony.

The selection of recipients will reflect the nominations received and information available to the Awards and Scholarships Committee, who will determine which awards are presented in any given year.

Bega Valley Shire Council reserves the right to withdraw an award if further information or the recipient’s conduct draws the Awards into disrepute.

 

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