Who do you know that works tirelessly for the community? Is it someone who gives their valuable time every day to help those in need or do they simply inspire others to excel?

Rockhampton Regional Council opened nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Awards this week and now is your chance to ensure your colleagues, friends or family members are acknowledged for their exceptional community achievements.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said each year the awards highlighted everyday community members doing extraordinary things across our Region.

“The 2015 Australia Day Awards are a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge those in our community who excel and lead, and who contribute in one way or another to helping others or helping our region grow and prosper,” Mayor Strelow said.

“Our past award recipients have been very inspirational; they have helped people from all walks of life, they have achieved and they have dedicated generous amounts of their time to their chosen endeavours.

“These awards are really about our community acknowledging, congratulating, and thanking those individuals that make a difference in our community every day.

“I’m looking forward to once again discovering our unsung heroes and I’m encouraging residents to nominate their perfect candidate across each of the categories.”

The 2015 Australia Day Awards have a new category - Community Event/Initiative - which will recognise individuals, informal groups or formal organisations that have made a significant and beneficial contribution to the wellbeing or liveability of the Rockhampton Region through projects, activities or events during the past 12 months.

Award categories include:

Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year
Cultural Award
Community Service Award (in which groups can be nominated also)
Community Event/Initiative.
Nominations close 5pm Friday 12 December 2014.

Nomination forms can be downloaded and submitted here or they are available at Council libraries and Customer Service Centres. For more information contact Council on 4932 9000.