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Nominations now open for 2019 Australia Day Awards

A pumpkin festival, a netball stalwart and a young leader took out Wangaratta’s top honours this year, but who will be next?

Nominations are now open for the Rural City of Wangaratta’s 2019 Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Ken Clarke OAM said community members wouldn’t have to look too far to find people to nominate.

“Wangaratta is full of great people doing amazing things. So many of these individuals and community groups are quiet achievers who never seek the limelight,” he said.

“But if you know someone that deserves that recognition, then now is the time to nominate them.”

Nominations are now open for awards in the following categories: 

  • Citizen of the Year,
  • Young citizen of the Year,
  • Community Event of the Year and
  • Local Achiever of the Year.

The 2018 Young Achiever of the Year was Darby Fullerton; the Community Event of the Year was Murmungee Giant Pumpkin Competition; and Wangaratta’s Citizen of the Year was Fran Doig. As winner of the individual honour, Ms Doig also had an impression of her hand carved into Marmungun (Elder’s) Rock in Apex Park.

“This is an honour that has only recently been introduced for Wangaratta’s Citizen of the Year,” Cr Clarke said.

“It is a lasting tribute and a way to build ties between Wangaratta Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.”

Recipients will be presented with their awards at the 2019 Australia Day celebrations held across the municipality. Nominations close on Monday 10 December 2018 at 4pm.

Nomination forms and eligibility information can be found at or from Customer Service at Wangaratta Government Centre.

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