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Australia Day Awards

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Do you know someone who makes your community a better place? Coorong District Council proudly presents the 2021 Australia Day Awards in partnership with the Australia Day Council of SA.

Nomination packs can be collected from any Council office of by following the link below.

2021 Australia Day Awards Nomination Pack

Nominations close at 5:00pm on Friday, 4 December 2020.

Nomination categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award
  • Community Event of the Year Award
  • Community Projects(s) of the Year Award

Selection Criteria

In choosing the recipients of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards, regard is given to the nominee’s achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the community.

A nominee need only be nominated once to be considered. The number of nominations received per nominee bears no weight in their selection.

The selection criteria for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year are:

  • Significant contribution to the community
  • An inspirational role model for the Australian community
  • The scope of impact the individual’s contribution has on the local government area

2020 Recipients

Citizen of the Year: Garry Hera-Singh, Maxine Kiddie, Naomi Stidiford

Community Event of the Year: Tailem Bend Christmas Parade and Cabaret


2019 Recipients

Citizen of the Year: Ian Qualmann, Jim & Jacki Cunningham, Lynton Piggott, Joyce Medlow

Community Event of the Year: Murraylands Ambrose, Scrambrose & LALA Classic

Community Project of the Year: Coorong Cottage Industries, Tintinara Nature Playground, and Tailem Bend Community Centre's 'Bucket List'


2018 Recipients

Citizen of the Year: Andrew Dawes, Bill & Margaret Jaensch

Community Event of the Year: Dr Temple Grandin Event, and Meningie Food, Fund & Family Fair


2017 Recipients

Citizen of the Year: Lesley Fisher, Nancy Daykin, Charlie Allen

Mayor's Award: Marianne Cunneen


2016 Recipients

Citizen of the Year: Denice Mason, Trevor Gordon, Brenton Jones

Mayor's Award: Bob Lewis, Peter Verrall

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