Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is inviting residents to nominate our communities’ achievers who will be considered for 2023 Toowoomba Region Australia Day awards.

TRC Deputy Mayor and Australia Day co-ordinating committee chair Cr Geoff McDonald is encouraging residents to recognise the Region’s volunteers and community workers.

“Our local government area has hundreds of citizens who devote their time and expertise to running community organisations and events that contribute to all sectors across the Region,” Cr McDonald said.

“Our community life is greatly enriched by the efforts of the volunteers whose passion and enthusiasm keeps their respective groups running, especially in the aftermath of floods and other challenges.

“We all know someone who contributes countless hours of assistance and run facilities or events for the benefit of fellow residents. I encourage residents to nominate our true blue achievers.

“It is a fitting reward for any of these people to be nominated and then considered for the various award categories.

“The beauty of the awards is that residents can nominate fellow citizens who have gone the extra mile to help their communities during very trying times.

“Taking a few minutes to complete an online nomination form or sending in a nomination form to Council is a fitting way to honour someone you know who has stepped up during the past year, or who selflessly volunteers at a community group or organisation.”

Cr McDonald said residents needed to lodge nominations by October 31 to allow local Australia Day committees time to review and judge categories in readiness for next year’s award presentations.

Cr McDonald said residents were welcome to complete the online nomination form at www.tr.qld.gov.au/australiaday 

Award categories include:
• Citizen of the year (for a person older than 26),
• Citizen of the Year – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander,
• Young citizen of the year (for a nominee under 26),
• Cultural award,
• Sports award (senior and junior), and
• Community group/event of the year.

Enquiries about joining a local Australia Day committee or the awards can be directed to Council’s Community Development Officers by calling 131 872 or sending an email to info@tr.qld.gov.au