Get your nominations in for Australia Day Awards
This week I’d like to encourage you to nominate a local hero for one of our Australia Day Awards, which will be announced at Maitland Park on Saturday 26 January 2019.
The two categories to choose from are Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year and the awards will recognise individuals who work tirelessly to enrich the community through their commitment and service to others.
We are so lucky to have a large number of residents willing to give back to the community that they love and it’s important that we celebrate their contributions at this annual event.
Nominations are welcome from a wide variety of areas including education, conservation, culture, environment, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, arts, sport, schools and any other area that contributes positively to Maitland. Achievements which could be recognised might include a single outstanding achievement in the last year or numerous achievements over many years.
I am lucky enough to be on the judging panel and we are looking for nominations which show results of good citizenship, determination, creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and a demonstrated search for excellence.
If you know someone who should be recognised as Citizen of the Year or Young Citizen of the Year, I strongly encourage you to nominate them. Nominations close at 9.00am on Monday 3 December and you can find the form here.
Riverlink Building continues to impress
Anyone who knows me is probably aware that I absolutely love the Riverlink and I’m happy to say that it has just won another award. The building was awarded the Special Community Facility Award at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) Engineering Excellence Awards on the weekend.
According to the IPWEA, the Riverlink won the award because ‘the combination of design, craftsmanship, materials and location combine to provide a beautiful and spectacular piece of public infrastructure’. I have to say, I agree!