Nominate those who make the community strong

Thursday, 26 September, 2019 - 12:30

If you love your community and the thrill of seeing someone recognised for their contributions, former winners of Mansfield’s Citizen Awards encourage you to make nominations.

2016 Citizen of the Year winner, Adele McCormack has nominated several people through the years.

“I love my community and without people working in the community the way they do, the community wouldn’t roll properly. It’s important to me that it does roll properly, so the least I can do is make sure people get nominated for their contributions,” Mrs McCormack said.

Mansfield Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Paul Sladdin joined Mrs McCormack in inviting residents to nominate someone from their community who makes a contribution. Winners are announced at Australia Day celebrations.

“Council is all about building an inclusive, dynamic and prosperous place where community spirit is strong. We believe community spirit is already very strong and the Citizen Awards reveal that every year,” Cr Sladdin said.

Mrs McCormack said filling in the form doesn’t take very long and the outcome might just make someone’s day. She has been on both sides of the experience. She said seeing someone she nominated win was a great thrill and winning the award was a bit overwhelming.

“You just do what you do in your community, not looking for any award. But it was very nice to be acknowledged and you think it’s nice that someone took the time to make the nomination,” she said.

Andy Setchell, last year’s joint Citizen of the Year winner said he was incredibly humbled to receive the award.

“It was a great privilege to share the award with Luke and Tanya Purcell and their girls and a huge relief not to be the only one on the stage! I am simply part of the committees and certainly couldn't have contributed anywhere near as much without the wonderful support of the other members,” Mr Setchell said.

“The awards highlight that volunteerism is the keystone of small rural communities, so think about who you can nominate,” he said.

These are the award categories:

  • The Citizen of the Year Award - This award gives us the opportunity to celebrate kind and useful deeds and recognise community service by individuals or personal achievement, including sport, over a number of years;
  • The Senior Citizen of the Year – This category is open to nominations for people over the age of 65 years;
  • The Young Citizen of the Year - May be nominated by groups or individuals and recognises outstanding achievement and contribution to the community or for personal achievement, including sport, over a number of years by a person up to the age of 28;
  • The Community Event of the Year – This award is presented to an individual, organisation or group in recognition of the event’s valuable local contribution.

Nominations close 5pm on Friday, 29 November, 2019. Nomination forms are available to download or can be collected from reception at Council’s municipal office, 33 Highett Street, Mansfield.  For further information please call Lisa Fricke, Executive Assistant on 5775 8555.


For more information contact:  Cr Paul Sladdin on 0428 900 573

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 November, 2019 - 16:55