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Help us recognise the local heroes who make Ipswich great

The search is on to find and recognise inspiring individuals and events that enhance our community with nominations for the 2021 Ipswich Australia Day Awards now open.

The theme for the 2021 awards is Inspiring Locals, Inspiring Stories.

Mayor Teresa Harding said the awards were an opportunity to recognise those who go above and beyond for Ipswich.

“Ipswich is known for its enduring sense of community spirit,” she said.

“While it might be most visible in times of great disaster or momentous celebration, in fact right across our community there are people who day in and day out quietly go about giving back, inspiring others and helping Ipswich to reach its potential.

“These awards are about shining a light on those people so that we can share their inspiring stories with the broader community and recognise their efforts.”

The 2021 awards have seven categories. They are:

  • Citizen of the Year: open to residents aged 26 years or older at 26 January 2020;
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: open to residents aged 60 years or older at 26 January 2020;
  • Young Citizen of the Year: open to residents under 26 years at 26 January 2020;
  • Cultural Award: open to those who perform or work in the Ipswich arts, cultural and creative industries;
  • Sport and Recreation Award: open to sporting coaches, administrators, officials and athletes who live in Ipswich;
  • Community Event of the Year: open to events that have taken place in the Ipswich local government area in 2020;
  • Spirit of Ipswich Award: open to anyone who lives outside the city but contributes greatly to the local community, for example through volunteering.

Nominations are open from today, Wednesday 16 September and close on 8 November 2020. They can be lodged in three easy steps online.

Full details about eligibility requirements for each of the categories as well as how to nominate is available here.

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