2018 Lake Macquarie City Council Young Citizen of The Year, Teza Sankoorikal

It’s time to give the unsung heroes of our city recognition for making a positive difference to our community, by nominating them for a 2019 Lake Macquarie Australia Day Award.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said many people in the city who dedicate their time to improve the lives of others, enrich their community, or enhance the environment, go unnoticed.

“The Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards acknowledge individuals and groups who help, organise, give and campaign for the benefit of others,” Cr Fraser said.

“These special people, of which there are many in our city, inspire us through their achievements.

“Our shining stars of this year included Southlake Marketplace who supplied 4000 meals in 12 months to people in need, Teza Sankoorikal who, at 16, led the success of the Cultural Exposure Bill being passed in the legislative assembly, and Andreena Kardamis who is representing our city and country as a Youth Advocate for the United Nations.

“It’s important to give these people recognition through the local Australia Day Awards because they challenge us all to think about how we can make our own contribution to creating a better and more caring society.

Nominations for the awards are now open in the following categories:

Citizen of the Year

The City’s most prestigious honour, the Citizen of the Year Award is given to the person who has made the most outstanding contribution for the benefit of the community or environment.

Young Citizen of the Year

Similar to Citizen of the Year, the Young Citizen of the Year Award shines the spotlight on our youth and the contribution they make within our community. It is awarded to a person, aged 21 years or younger, who has made the most outstanding contribution for the benefit of the community or environment.

Volunteer of the Year

Whether it’s to improve our natural environment, help local fauna or to benefit the people in our City, the Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment, perseverance and has made a positive impact within the City.

Community Group of the Year

Similar to Volunteer of the Year, this award is given to a group or not-for-profit organisation that has made a significant contribution to improve our natural environment, help local fauna or to benefit the people in our City.

Nomination forms are available online at lakemac.com.au/ausawards, and close on Monday, October 29.

The Mayor of Lake Macquarie will announce the award winners on Monday 21 January 2019.