28 April 2020

Eurobodalla calls for Local Hero nominations

| Sharon Kelley
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Four people outdoors, left to right: Lindsay Boyton, Janine Halasz, Liz Innes, Rob Pollock.

From left to right: 2018 Eurobodalla Local Hero Lindsay Boyton; 2019 Local Hero Janine Halasz; Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes; Eurobodalla Deputy Mayor Rob Pollock. Photo: Supplied.

Nominations are now open for Eurobodalla Shire Council’s 2020 Local Hero Awards.

During these extraordinary times – primarily due to the past summer’s bushfires and the current COVID-19 pandemic – there are many local residents who are deserving of recognition for their outstanding achievements and volunteering.

In 2019, Janine Halasz was named Local Hero for contributing her time and energy to several volunteer causes.

Janine has been described as the ‘backbone of the community’, welcoming new residents, providing meals to people who need assistance, and transport to medical appointments. For many years, she also volunteered with local community groups and conducted fundraising for causes as a member of the Central Tilba School of Arts Trust. She also founded a knitting group that produces items for charity, and was described in her Local Hero nomination as a dedicated member of the Country Women’s Association of NSW.

The Local Hero finalists and winner will be announced in May. Nominees must reside in the Eurobodalla Shire, and anyone can put forward their choice for the award. Nomination forms are available on the council’s website, and close on Friday 1 May at 4 pm.

The Local Hero awards are now in their third year, and Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said they recognise people in the region who go above and beyond.

“In what’s turned out to be a very eventful year, we’ve seen countless people step up every single day,” she said. “There’s been so many heroes.”

When nominating someone as a Local Hero, you need to provide details of your chosen nominee, including how they have been an inspirational role model for the community, how many years of service they have provided, the benefit to the community from their contribution, their outstanding achievements, any recognition of their work, and if they have overcome any particular difficulties or hurdles.

Council will consider nominations from all parts of the community including community service, business, sport, health, education, arts, the environment, or any other category where an outstanding individual contribution has been made.

The awards also recognise single instances of heroism, including generosity, bravery, ingenuity, acts of compassion, and professional accomplishments.

“Here is your chance to say thank you,” said Mayor Innes. “Nominate your local hero and ensure their efforts are seen.”

For more information, including entry guidelines, head to the Eurobodalla Shire Council website. Nomination forms can be found here.

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