Nominations opened on Monday for the 2017 Dubbo Day Awards, which celebrate community service and dedication.
The awards are presented to local volunteers every November on the anniversary of Dubbo’s gazettal as a village in 1849, the Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) said.
“The awards are a great way to recognise local citizens who have, over a period of time, carried out community work which has improved the quality of life for individuals or the local community as a whole,” DRC Administrator Michael Kneipp said.
“If you know someone who deserves recognition, please nominate them for this year’s Dubbo Day Awards.”
“Think of all the people you know who are volunteering for the benefit of others – sporting coaches/administrators, school or day-care assistants, charity workers and people who work with people with disabilities.”
“Consider nominating someone you know to thank them for all their hard work.
“I’m sure it would be well received even though we know volunteers aren’t in it for the thanks.”
Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday October 25.
An online nomination form will be available on the Dubbo Regional Council website or it can be downloaded, completed and returned to the DRC.
A ceremony for the winners will be held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on November 23.
Seventeen exceptional people were given awards in 2016, which marked 167 years since Dubbo was gazetted as a village.
They included: the victim of a motor crash who uses his experiences to educate young drivers and traffic offenders; a long-serving Meals on Wheels volunteer; a man dedicated to improving local waterways and a Dubbo Rescue Squad member.
The 2016 awards committee chair, Bill Greenwood, said at the time: “The outstanding recipients are working for the betterment of our city as a whole.”
“The strength of our community is found in these many individuals who volunteer their time and services without expectation, praise, appreciation or recognition.
“It is incumbent upon our community to recognise the value these people bring.”