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Australia Day nominations open

Bland Shire Mayor Tony Lord is hoping for a record number of nominations for the 2017 Bland Shire Australia Day awards.

Nominations for the Bland Shire’s most prestigious community awards are open until Monday 21 November across six categories - Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Achievement in Sport and Contribution to Sport with forms available online at or at Council’s Shire Street offices.

Mayor Lord is hoping the number of entries reflect the large number of groups and individuals who have selflessly given their time for the betterment of the community up to and during 2016 as well as the many local sporting achievers who have represented the Bland Shire with pride.

“I am privileged to see many of the wonderful things people in our community do for others each and every day and it would be wonderful to see those selfless people acknowledged with a nomination for an Australia Day award,” Mayor Lord said.

“In a year in which our community resolve has been tested on many occasions, the Bland Shire spirit continues to shine brighter than ever and Australia Day is an effective opportunity for us all to come together as a community and celebrate the people and groups which help make the Bland Shire such a wonderful place to live.

“It is also a chance to celebrate our sporting achievers as well as the administrators which foster our sporting culture.”

Mayor Lord is encouraging people to take to time out to consider nominating a friend, colleague or someone they respect or admire from afar for an award.

“The Australia Day awards provide a great opportunity for the community to say thank you to those quiet achievers, humble and hard working individuals and community groups for their efforts and dedication,” Mayor Lord said.

“It is also an opportunity to give a collective community pat on the back to the local athletes who have represented the Bland Shire with pride and distinction throughout the year.

“I would encourage everyone to take a moment to think about nominating someone for an Australia Day award.”

Submitting a nomination is simpler than ever with a single page, double sided nomination form.

To be eligible nominees must be an Australian Citizen who resides in the Bland Shire or a locally based community organisation which has a demonstrated record of achievement in the local community.

Individuals and groups are ineligible if they have already won an award in the same category, are an elected representative (eg Councillor) or a recipient of Australian and Imperial Honours. Individuals, clubs, associations and organisations cannot nominate themselves. A full list of previous winners is available on Council’s website at

The Australia Day awards will be presented at the Lions Club Australia Day breakfast in McCann Park on Thursday 26 January.

More information about the 2017 Australia Day awards is available by phoning Council on 6972 2266.

For more information contact:


Craig Sutton

Community Relations Officer


Phone - 02 69722 266 or Email –