CITIZEN AWARDS: The council is calling for nominations for the Citizen of the Year awards, Nigel Dick was one of last year’s winners for his work with the Playhouse Theatre.
CITIZEN AWARDS: The council is calling for nominations for the Citizen of the Year awards, Nigel Dick was one of last year’s winners for his work with the Playhouse Theatre. Mike Knott BUNNIGEL

Time to identify the Bundaberg region’s finest

HERE'S your chance to acknowledge those who go above and beyond to help make the Bundaberg region a great place to live.

Nominations for Bundaberg Regional Council's 2016 Australia Day Spirit Awards are now open with the aim of highlighting the exceptional effort of community members in the last 12 months.

2015 Citizen of the Year Nigel Dick was nominated for his work with the Playhouse Theatre, in particular the Phantom of the Opera production, and said the awards were an important way to identify the wide variety of roles that volunteers' play.

"It's important in our region particularly to identify the excellent work the volunteers do in our community.

"They provide great opportunities for all citizens to be involved in.

"I don't think anybody in a volunteers group thinks they are going to get anything out of it (volunteering) other than personal gratification and for us at the theatre I was happy to accept the award on behalf of 120 members who work really tirelessly all the time.

"I very humbly accepted it but it was really recognition for a lot of people and that's what I think the awards do."

Mr Dick said there were so many people across the region who helped make our community a better place to live.

"There are so many groups heavily reliant on volunteers that just won't exist if volunteers don't give their own time and think that's what makes our community vibrant," he said.

Nominations close on November 13 and can be made in the following categories, Citizen Of The Year, Young Citizen Spirit Award, Senior Citizen Spirit Award, Community Spirit Award, Community Event Of The Year Award, Creative Spirit Award, Junior Creative Spirit Award, Green Spirit Award, Sporting Spirit Award, Junior Sporting Spirit Award and Business Spirit Award.

For details or to nominate someone visit http://www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au/ausday-nominations.



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