Australia Day Awards

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Celebrate What's Great!

Central Coast Council recognises the achievements of individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community through the Australia Day Awards.

Set out below, is the selection criteria for each category. Please be sure to respond to each of the relevant criteria in your submission, which will go before the Selection Panel.

The most outstanding nominees will be chosen for all categories with one winner selected in each category.
 

General

  • Nominations Open 9am, Monday 25 September 2017.
  • Nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 10 November 2017.
  • Late nominations will not be accepted.
  • The decision of the Central Coast Council Australia Day Awards Selection Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Selection Panel reserves the right to move nominations to a category they deem to be more appropriate.
     

Eligibility Criteria

The most outstanding nominees will be chosen for all categories and one winner will be presented in each category.

The nominee:
  1. Must be an Australian Citizen
  2. Must live in the Central Coast Local Government area.
  3. Will have made a significant community contribution over a long term.
  4. Should be a role model that people can aspire to.
  5. Should be someone council can advertise and promote as such.
  6. The nominee and the nominator must be separate individuals (i.e you cannot nominate yourself).
  7. Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years.
  8. Previous category winners may not be nominated for the same category.
  9. Ages are at Monday 25th January, 2018.
  10. Nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 10 November 2017. Late nominations will not be accepted.
  11. The decision of the Central Coast Council Australia Day Awards Selection Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The Selection Panel reserves the right to move nominations to a category they deem to be more appropriate. 
Nominations can be made online here
 

Criteria for the Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award

  • An individual who has achieved high levels of success and/or demonstrated excellence in their chosen art form.
  • Someone who has made a significant contribution to the development of their chosen art form and/or affiliated organisations through innovative approaches and/or consistent effort.


Criteria for Business Connecting Communities

  • A small business and/or enterprise (local commercial organisation’s or not-for-profits), with less than eight full time employees, that has established genuine involvement and long-term value to the life of their community.
  • These initiatives may meet a specific need or simply be a way to celebrate being part of a community.


Criteria for the Community Service and Activity Award

  • An individual or group that has been responsible for creating community activities or services.
  • The activity or service benefits the local community through community building; community engagement and benefits a charity or cause
  • The activity or service adds value to the Central Coast economically, socially or culturally.


Criteria for Community Volunteer of the Year

  • An individual volunteer (aged 26+ years) who has made a significant long-term commitment to volunteer work within the community.
  • Someone who has demonstrated outstanding service, commitment and dedication to our local community through their volunteer work (non-paid capacity).


Criteria for the Environmental Award

  • An individual who is leading the way in making the Central Coast a place where people and nature can thrive.
  • Someone who has made a significant contribution to the environment and sustainability in local programs or events.


Criteria for Sportsperson of the Year

  • An individual who has achieved and shown acts of sportsmanship and team building.
  • Someone who has been an outstanding sportsperson, or who has made a significant contribution as a key organiser or promoter of the sports.


Criteria for the Youth of the Year Award

  • An individual person of 25 years of age or under who has made a significant contribution to the community.
  • Someone who has achieved high levels in his or her chosen field and acts as an inspiration and role model to his or her peers.
 

Central Coast Citizen of the Year

The Central Coast Citizen of the Year winner will be selected by the Selection Panel, based on merit, from the winners of each Award Category.

Therefore the next highest ranked nominee in that Award Category from which the Citizen of the Year is selected will become the winner of that Category.

Nominees will only be eligible to receive one Australia Day Award from Central Coast Council.


Criteria for Central Coast Council Citizen of the Year

  • Demonstrated excellence in their field over an extended period of time.
  • Demonstrated significant contribution across more than one category area.
  • Demonstrated community leadership capacity.
  • Ability to represent Central Coast Council as "Citizen of the Year".


For any further questions, please contact Tanya Press on 02 4350 5386