Date/Deadline: 06 Jan, 2023

Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM wants you to nominate your local hero or superstar business in Blacktown City Council’s Australia Day Awards.

Applications are now open in four categories for the 2023 awards and will be announced on 26 January at a special Australia Day Awards ceremony.

‘Blacktown City’s Australia Day Awards have become the most sought-after, prestigious and publicly recognised awards in their City,’ Mayor Bleasdale said.

‘These significant awards pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals in their community and recognise their outstanding contribution to community service and achievements in education, sport, community support, environment or the arts.

They also acknowledge community groups that have organised successful events in their City.

2022 has been a tough year for them all, but so many extraordinary people in their City took the challenges in their stride and made a wonderful difference to their community.

‘I urge everyone to nominate someone they know for an award so they can celebrate their contributions and successes during this extremely challenging year.’

Contribution includes areas such as; education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of the Blacktown community.

Mayor Bleasdale is encouraging people to nominate a family member, friend, community leader or colleague who went above and beyond to serve the Blacktown community in 2022. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Award Categories

Citizen of the Year – To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen who has, on a voluntary basis, contributed to the welfare and betterment of the people within the Blacktown community throughout the year and/or over a number of years.

Young Citizen of the Year (21 years or younger) – To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen and 21 years of age or less on 26 January 2023, who has provided outstanding community service and/or attained outstanding achievement in academics, sport or the arts during the year and/or over a number of years.

Community Event of the Year – This is presented to the group that has staged the most outstanding community event in 2022.

Environmental Citizen of the Year – This award is open to individuals and organisations within Blacktown City championing litter reduction and/or environmental initiatives in the local community. Local recipients of this environmental award will go in the running to become the state winner and receive a grant valued at $5,000 to go towards their community initiative.

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