Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today encouraged all Canberrans to nominate outstanding locals for the 2008 Australian of the Year Awards.
“The Australian of the Year Awards are about celebrating people in our society who are making extraordinary contributions. From great national achievers to those quiet acheivers whose selfless contributions make a real difference in our local communities,” Mr Stanhope said.
“The Canberra community is rich with people who achieve great things and make significant contributions to the life of this city.
“Nominees may have achieved excellence in their chosen field, made a significant contribution to the local or Australian community or be an inspirational role model to others.”
The nomination period for the 2008 Australian of the Year Awards was launched earlier this week in Sydney by Prime Minister John Howard.
There are four categories in the Australian of the Year Awards:
. Australian of the Year – open to all Australians who deserve recognition for their extraordinary achievements, contributions to the community and nation, and who are inspirational role models for all Australians;
. Senior Australian of the Year – recognises those Australians aged 60 years and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community;
. Young Australian of the Year – recognises those extraordinary young Australians aged 16-25 years who are contributing to our community; and
. Australia’s Local Hero – recognises Australians who make a real difference in their local communities and whose outstanding contributions enrich the lives of those around them.
“I encourage everyone to nominate a great Canberran to ensure that the ACT is well represented in the national awards,” Mr Stanhope said. “The winners of the ACT Awards go on to represent the Territory at a national level and will be announced as part of our Australia Day celebrations.”
Winners of the 2007 awards were Mr Michael Milton as ACT Australian of the Year, Dr Kaye Price as ACT Senior Australian of the Year, Mr John Van den Dungen as ACT Young Australian of the Year and Ms Beverly Orr as ACT Local Hero.
Nominations can be made online at www.australianoftheyear.gov.au, by picking up a nomination form at any Commonwealth Bank branch or by phoning 1300 655 193. Nominations close on 31 August 2007.
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