City of Bunbury calls for 2018 Citizens of the Year awards nominations

Recognised for her achievements: Luella Knuckey was named 2016 Young Citizen of the Year. Photo: Andrew Elstermann.

Recognised for her achievements: Luella Knuckey was named 2016 Young Citizen of the Year. Photo: Andrew Elstermann.

The City of Bunbury has called upon members of the public to nominate titans in the community for the upcoming Citizen of the Year awards. 

The City of Bunbury Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group/Event of the Year Awards nomination stage kicked off last week. 

Residents have been urged to nominate community members whom showed dedication to serving the community over the past few years. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the awards acknowledged outstanding services carried out by proud, hard-working community members. 

“It’s recognition of outstanding work by individuals and groups, there are a few categories in there,” he said. 

“I find that people are pretty reluctant to nominate because they are not driven by any recognition so, invariably, we have very few nominations for each of the categories, some years it’s been outstanding and some years it’s been one or two nominations. 

“You look across the community, and you look at the ABS stats, thousands of people volunteer in our community every year and that might be for one hour per year to hundreds of hours per year.” 

Mr Brennan said the awards give the council the opportunity to honour the spirit and passion in the community. 

In calling on nominations, Mr Brennan has advised the public: “Don’t be shy, please. We would love to hear about them and read their stories and we value every nomination that we get”. 

Earlier this year, Joyce McGinn was named Citizen of the Year 2016, Luella Knuckey was named Young Citizen of the Year, while the Bunbury Multicultural Group was awarded Community Group/Event of the Year for the 2016 South West Multicultural Festival. 

The nomination period closes on Friday, December 1, with the award winners announced on Australia Day 2018.  

Head to the City of Bunbury website for visit the council’s Stephen Street premises to find out more about the nomination process. 

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