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Date: 19 October 2017

Nominations are open for the 2017 Australia Day Awards across the three categories of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals who work tirelessly to enrich the community through their commitment and service to others.

Each year the awards are presented during Maitland’s Australia Day celebrations, which will be held at Maitland Park on Friday 26 January 2017.

Mayor Loretta Baker says ‘Maitland is very fortunate to have so many wonderful residents and it’s important that we celebrate their contributions at this annual event.

‘A great number of people give their time to our community without seeking reward or recognition, but this is our chance to recognise these community champions who are deserved of this nomination.’

Council welcomes nominees from a wide variety of areas including the arts, sport, schools, the environment and community service. Achievements which will be recognised include a single outstanding achievement in the last year or numerous achievements made over many years.

‘The judging panel are looking for nominations which show results of good citizenship, determination, creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and a demonstrated search for excellence,’ said Cr Baker.

For more information about the Australia Day awards or for a copy of the nomination form visit Forms are also available at Council’s Administration Building.

Nominations close Friday 10 November 2016.