Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards opening soon!

Published on 28 September 2022


Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards open on Tuesday 4 October, providing community members the opportunity to shine a light on the unsung heroes and community organisations that selflessly give their time and expertise to help others within Baw Baw Shire.

This year, nominations can be made in four categories:

Citizen of the Year

A person who has demonstrated through their hard work and commitment that they provide a significant contribution to the community, demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and/or is a role model for their community or organisation or, excel in one of the areas of arts or culture, sport and recreation, business, the environment or community service.

Young Citizen of the Year

A person who is under 25 years of age that demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and/or is a role model for their community or organisation, or has either made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or has given outstanding service for the local community over many years.

Community Organisation of the Year 

An organisation or group that has performed outstanding community service to the local community, either during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years, has demonstrated that they meet a community need or priority and has provided exceptional service to the community and operates within the municipality.

Community Event of the Year

An organisation or group which has staged a noteworthy community event within the municipality during the past year-and demonstrates that they are a community event and a not-for-profit organisation or group.

Nominations can be made online via Council’s website from Tuesday 4 October until 5.00pm Friday, 11 November 2022.

Once nominations have closed, recipients will be selected by a panel consisting of the Mayor, Councillors and Council officers. They will consider all eligible entries against the assessment criteria and select the most outstanding nominee in each category.

Award winners will be announced at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony in January 2023.

Winners of the 2022 Australia Day Awards were:

Citizen of the Year – Krista Mountford

Young Citizen of the Year – Alan Valenzuela

Community Group of the Year – Baw Baw Soup Kitchen

Special Recognition Awards – West Gippsland Healthcare Group

Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Michael Leaney
“The annual Australia Day Awards are a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge both individuals and groups for the outstanding contributions they have made and continue to make to Baw Baw Shire.

If you know of a person or community organisation who have made a noteworthy contribution to our region, and are deserving of special recognition, now is the time to nominate.”

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