If there has ever been a time where amazing members of our community have gone out of their way to make Camden a better place, 2020 is it. Now is the time to pay tribute to those special people with nominations open for the 2021 Australia Day Awards.
After a year working through bushfires followed by floods and then the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been lucky enough to see so many acts of love, care, generosity, bravery and perseverance. While these people generally stay humble, it is also a great idea to give them the recognition they deserve.
The annual Australia Day Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of residents who dedicate themselves to making a positive difference in our community.
Applications are now open for the following five categories:
Camden Citizen of the Year - open to Camden residents aged 18 years or over at 31 December 2020, who have made a noteworthy contribution during 2020 and/or given outstanding service to the Camden community in a non-work-related capacity over several years.;
Young Citizen of the Year - open to Camden residents aged under 18 years as at 31 December 2020, who have given outstanding service and made a positive impact on the community in 2020 and/or longer;
Sports Achievement Award - recognises a committed sportsperson, sporting team, coach, volunteer or official, whose actions inspire and encourage others whilst enriching the Camden community through sport, healthy living or physical activity. This category has no age restrictions;
Community Group Award - recognises groups whose tireless work and close contact with the community encourages inclusivity and continues to make Camden an even better place to live; and
Arts and Cultural Award - a person or group who have made an influential or valuable contribution to the city through any art form, including drama, visual art, music, verse, dance, cultural heritage, expression, literature, film and multimedia.
This is our chance as a collective community to say, 'thank you' to those who have given so much to the Camden community, so I urge their families, friends, parents or teachers to put their nominations in.