Nominations are open for the 2021 City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards, which honour local heroes who make outstanding contributions to the community.
“Australia Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond for our community, particularly during this difficult year,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
“I encourage you to nominate a person or organisation that you believe has helped make our City a better place, whether through the arts, education, welfare, volunteering, sports, or an act of kindness.”
Nomination categories this year include:
Citizen of the Year
Individuals who have made a noteworthy contribution to the City of Parramatta, by age group:
- Junior Citizen of the Year in honour of David Shakespeare OAM: 19 years and under
- Young Adult Citizen of the Year: 20 – 39 years old
- Adult Citizen of the Year: 40 – 59 years old
- Senior Citizen of the Year: 60 years and over
Community Group Award
A local group or organisation that has provided an outstanding contribution to the City of Parramatta community, including projects and events.
Last year’s winner of the City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year award, NSW Ambulance Inspector Kevin McSweeney, said he was humbled to be formally recognised for his decades of service.
In 2015, Mr McSweeney founded the Michael Hughes Foundation, a Parramatta-based charity that teaches the public how to perform CPR and use defibrillators.
“When I was recognised as the Parramatta Citizen of the Year, it was a massive thrill and honour for me,” Mr McSweeney said.
“If you’re thinking about nominating someone – do it! The City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards encourage people who help the community to strive even further.”
Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 18 November.
Council will host the 2021 City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards on Thursday 21 January 2021 at Rosehill Gardens.
For more information and to submit a nomination visit: cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/ausdayawards