Nominate a deserving local this Australia Day

December 7, 2015

2016 NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards
Call for nominations

The Gwydir Shire Council Special Events Committee is searching for the NSW Local (Bingara) Citizen of the Year for Australia Day 2016, NSW Local (Bingara) Young Citizen of the Year for Australia Day 2016 and NSW Local (Bingara) Community Event of the Year for Australia Day 2016.

Australia Day in GwydirDo you know someone who has done countless volunteer hours for a service organisation, a local sporting or community group or an educational facility?

Do you know someone who has an outstanding achievement in their work or studies?

Do you know of a local event that is worthy of nomination for NSW Local (Bingara) Community Event of the Year for Australia Day 2016.

Gwydir Shire Australia Day Logo custom designed by the Australia Day Council.

The Gwydir Shire Council Special Events Committee and the Australia Day Council of NSW invites you to nominate this individual for the 2016 NSW Local (Bingara) Citizen of the Year Awards or NSW Local (Bingara) Community Event of the Year for Australia Day 2016.

The Awards are presented at official ceremonies throughout New South Wales on Australia Day, January 26, 2016.

The Awards allow us to recognise the contributions that many individuals make to their local community each year.

For more information on how you can nominate a member of your local community for the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Award, please contact Gwydir Shire Council, Tourist Officer Jen Mead:

  • Ph: 02 6724 0066 or
  • Email: bingaratourism@ gwydir.nsw.gov.au or
  • Call into the Bingara Visitor Centre Information to collect a nomination form and nomination guidelines.

2015 Award recipients

Australia Day 2015
From left: Australia Day Ambassador’s wife Satu and Ambassador Jeremy Rolleston, Young Citizen of the Year Crystal Cooper, Bingara Citizen of the Year, John Gill, members of the Bingara Jockey Club (Bingara Races – Event of the Year) Ken Holden, Hugh Munro and Glenda Wright.


Guidelines and Criteria
Each year the people of Bingara are invited to nominate fellow citizens for the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards. The awards aim to recognise outstanding achievement during the past year and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years.

Award Categories
• Citizen of the Year: open to persons 26 years or older on 26 January 2015.
• Young Citizen of the Year: open to persons under 26 years of age on 26 January 2015.
• Community Event of the Year: open to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the past year. This may include a sporting, cultural or fund raising event.

Criteria and Eligibility
• Nominees must be Australian citizens and reside in Gwydir Shire Council at the time of nomination.
• Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years.
• Self-nominations will not be accepted.
• Awards will not be granted posthumously.
• The minimum age for the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards is 16 years on 26 January 2015.
• Sitting state and federal politicians and current vice-regal officers are not eligible. Retired politicians and officers will only be considered for work beyond their official duties.
• A person cannot receive a second award in the same Award category, but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years e.g. Young Citizen of the Year and then Citizen of the Year.
• All nominees will be considered for the Citizen of the Year Award, in to their original nomination category.
• Nominees aged 16 to 25 years on 26 January 2015 will also be considered for the Young Citizen of the Year Award, in addition to their original nomination category.

Nomination Process
• To nominate, please complete a nomination form. The nomination should detail the nature, duration and impact of the nominee’s contribution to the Gwydir Shire – Bingara and District.
• Nomination forms are available from Gwydir Shire Council Office, Bingara or the Bingara Visitor Information Centre.
• Any supporting documentation should be attached to the nomination form.
• Nominations must be submitted to Gwydir Shire Council, Locked Bag 5, Bingara NSW 2404 or email to mail@gwydir. nsw.gov.au
Nominations must be received by close of business (4pm) January 20, 2016
• The awards will be presented on Australia Day, 26 January 2016.
• The selection of recipients will reflect the nominations received and information available to the Judging Panel at the time. Gwydir Shire Council – Bingara Special Events Committee reserves the right to withdraw an award if further information or the recipient’s conduct draws the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards into disrepute.