Nominate now for 2022 Australia Day Awards

19th October 2021
Do you know someone who makes a difference in your community? Nominations are now open for the 2022 Australia Days Awards.
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Beachport resident Rhonda Burleigh was awarded 2021 Citizen of the Year (Kintore Ward) at the town's annual Australia Day breakfast earlier this year.

Wattle Range Council is once again calling for the nomination of outstanding community members and groups for the recognition of their achievements through the annual Australia Day Awards program.

The national theme of the 2022 awards is ‘Reflect. Respect. Celebrate’ and as with every year, Australian communities will celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding community members on Australia Day.

“Nominations are now open for Citizen, Young Citizen, Community Event and Active Citizenship of the Year Awards,” Wattle Range Mayor, Des Noll explained. “The latter award recognises outstanding work in the past year where the person is not required to be an Australian citizen.”

“It is a great honour to be nominated. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution and community service by dedicated individuals in the fields of agriculture, education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or any other activity that contributes to the advancement and well-being of our community, and which makes Wattle Range a great place to live and work,” Mayor Noll said.

“We invite community members take a small amount of time to nominate a young person, individual and/or a community event for the awards. Nominations from our community are essential in making the awards successful.”

Nominations can be made for each of Council’s four wards in the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year (To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen)
  • Young Citizen of the Year (To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen aged over 16 years and under 30 years of age on January 26, 2022)
  • Community Event of the Year (This is presented to the person/group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the past year); and
  • Active Citizenship (A person or group delivering outstanding work or for an event or cause, staged in the community during the past year)

Nominations will close at 5pm Wednesday, 24 November 2021.

Forms can be completed either online or in hard copy and are available at any of Council’s offices or from the website at

The winners are celebrated as part of local Australia Day events hosted by Lions’ clubs in Beachport, Kalangadoo, Millicent & Penola on Australia Day (26 January), while the Southend Progress Association will also be hosting an Australia Day afternoon celebration in Southend.

For further information please contact:

Emma Clay, Director Development Services
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900