Nominations open for Australia Day 2016 awards
 Baw Baw News   By // 16:30, Wednesday 16 September 2015

baw baw australia day awards 2015 by william kulich for warragul baw baw citizen GARDIVALIA FESTIVAL

BAW BAW // AS nominations for Baw Baw’s 2016 Australia Day Awards open, the council has supported a move to hand coordination of the 2016 Warragul event to a community subcommittee as part of a 12 month trial.

Above: last year's Baw Baw Australia Day awards ceremony. Photo: William PJ Kulich.

First published in the 28 August 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. All dates relative to then.


Representatives from several community groups have submitted expressions of interest in becoming involved with the organisation of the Warragul community event to the council.

Mayor Debbie Brown said having the people run the event will strengthen the Warragul community.

“Establishing a Warragul Australia Day event subcommittee gives the Warragul community a greater sense of ownership of the event and will strengthen the ties between the event and its importance and value to the Warragul community,” Cr Brown said in a media release.

“The trial presents an excellent opportunity for the subcommittee to maybe try something different or to just really make it their own.


“The representatives will bring many different strengths to the table, with a diverse set of knowledge and experience (sic) that can all be used to effectively plan and coordinate the event.”

For Baw Baw’s 2016 awards, the council has encouraged residents to nominate citizens and community groups who have made a significant contribution to the community.

The awards will be divided into five categories; Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Australia Day Medallion, Community Event of the Year, and Community Contribution.

Baw Baw’s Community Contribution category has been broken into three sub-categories; environmental, sporting and cultural achievement.

Cr Brown said the Australia Day Awards were a way to recognise people who contribute to their communities throughout the year.

“I encourage our residents to nominate their local heroes and standout events for an Australia Day award to thank them for their tireless efforts and congratulate them on a job well done,” Cr

Brown said.

Visit Baw Baw Shire council’s SmartyGrants page, bawbawshire.s, to submit your nomination before the 16 October.


All submissions will be reviewed by the Australia Day Community Panel and the winners will be announced at the Baw Baw Shire Awards Ceremony on Monday 25 January.

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