Australia Day Nominations Are Now Open

Nominate Your Local Hero

Australia Day Nominations Are Now Open


The Griffith Australia Day Awards are now open! It's an opportunity to honour individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Griffith community during the last year, and the Australia Day Working Party is calling on locals to nominate unsung heroes in a range of categories for 2017.

Councillor Christine Stead, Chairperson of the Australia Day Working Party said the Australia Day Awards are the perfect opportunity to honour those who often are overlooked.

“We are looking for plenty of nominations of people and groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to our community,” said Councillor Stead.

“The Australia Day Awards has been running since 1981 with Mr Charlie Beltrame awarded as the first Citizen of the Year. The Award Ceremony is an excellent opportunity to recognise the hard work and personal contribution of our many local heroes - and Griffith is extremely fortunate to have a huge list of incredible locals who consistently go above and beyond.”

The 2017 Awards will be presented at the Australia Day Ceremony held on Thursday 26 January 2018 at the Griffith Regional Theatre starting at 9.30am.

There are several categories for nominations for both personal and group achievements and sporting awards including:

  • Junior Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Young Sportsperson of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Club Person of the Year
  • Sports Team of the Year

“Griffith is such a unique community, one which is filled to the brim of locals who are constantly reaching out to help those in need. This is evident in the number of events, projects and activities undertaken throughout the year - the Project of the Year category is a chance to show those groups how much their efforts are appreciated,” said Councillor Stead.

“Nominations of individuals and groups are welcome, including those who may have been nominated in the past – we would like to see a large number of nominations as there are so many within our community who deserve acknowledgment for their contributions.”  

Past nominees are eligible for re-nomination providing they did not win the category for which they were originally nominated. A list of eligible nominations will be published in The Area News and on Council’s website in mid-January 2018.

Nominations forms are available via the Griffith City Council website throughout November with last nominations to be received by 4pm on Friday 10 December 2017.

So Griffith... Who do YOU think should be nominated!