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Bega Valley Citizen of the Year nominations now open

Ian Campbell 11 November 2019
Bega Valley Mayor, Cr Kristy McBain conducting the citizenship ceremony in Bega on Australian Day 2019. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Bega Valley Mayor, Cr Kristy McBain conducting the citizenship ceremony in Bega on Australian Day 2019. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Nominations are now open for the Bega Valley Shire’s Citizen, Young Citizen (under 25) and Senior Citizen (over 65) of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and the Australia Day awards.

Council is calling on residents to recognise the efforts of friends, neighbours, colleagues and family.

Mayor, Kristy McBain says, “It’s a highlight of the year to present these special awards to recognise these outstanding achievers and community champions for their hard work and determination in enriching the social fabric of the shire.”

“The awards are a great way to honour those who work hard to make our community a better place; those who quietly and selflessly help others.”

Nominations should include information about a person’s service to the community or of a distinguished performance over the past 12 months. Winners will be acknowledged on Australian Day 2020.

In 2019, Tathra’s Deb Alker was named the Bega Valley Citizen of the Year on Australia Day following her work with Tathra’s bushfire recovery.

“When the people of Tathra were reeling from the tragedy and trying to adjust to a ‘new normal’ Deb at the Post Office was a mainstay of normality for many,” Cr Mc Bain said at the time.

“Even though some of Deb’s family and friends lost their homes in the fire, Deb was committed to keeping the Post Office services running as normal, and in so doing she provided an important community hub, disseminating and sharing vital information about bushfire-related services and meetings, offering people a reassuring chat, and providing that all-important social glue in a time of great stress and distress.

“As a grateful resident said, – Going to the Post Office was a little bit like going home – especially for those of us who had no home to return to.”

To nominate someone for the 2020 awards, visit Council’s website, email [email protected] or deliver nominations to any Council office by November 24. For more information contact the Executive Assistants on 6499 2222.

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