FOR MORE than 12 years, one highly decorated Dubbo man has played an important role choosing award winners from a big pool of talent in the city.
Australia Day Awards (Dubbo) Committee member Wally Flynn said his role was challenging but a great honour.
Mr Flynn shared with the Daily Liberal the journey to his role as chairman.
In 1987 he was awarded the Australian Citizen of the Year Award and invited to join the awards committee and since then has never left.
"Citizens who've won an award are on the committee and they know how to pick a winner when they see one," he said.
He also humbly listed a few other achievements, including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2008 and the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2000.
For his continuous community service over the years he was listed in the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rhino Roll of Honour and was the Rotarian of the year in 1993/1994 and 2004/2005.
Mr Flynn said the most difficult part of his role was also the most enjoyable- discussing who would win from the nominations.
"We have very good talent in the city," he said.
"When you look at each one you think, 'Gee they are talented,' but you can only pick one.
"There are many times you just want to give the award to them all."
Committee members sat and discussed each nomination and then voted on the winners.
If there was a tie the mayor had the casting vote but most of the time the decisions were unanimous, he said.
Mr Flynn said there was a lot of work to be done as committee members had to make sure no person won the same award twice.
There was "great talent" in the Young Citizen of the Year Award and the Young Sportsperson of the Year Award categories, Mr Flynn said.
Asked if Mr Flynn could share one award winner or a nomination which stood out over the years - he said it was impossible to pick.
Mr Flynn said the award winner was not chosen only on success and talent.
"A continual success not just one major win. And assisting others are the key to a winning nomination," he said.
He encouraged sporting clubs, charities and local organisations to be more active and nominate a greater number of deserving people in the community for their efforts.
"We can only pick from the nominations we've received, we don't nominate ourselves," he said.