Australia Day Awards

Each year, we celebrate Australia Day by hosting an awards ceremony to recognise those in our community who make a difference.  

This is a wonderful community event and we encourage everyone to join the celebrations.

The residents of the Cessnock Local Government Area are invited to nominate fellow citizen/s and/or organisations for Cessnock City Australia Day Awards. These awards aim to recognise outstanding achievement during the past year and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years. 


Nominations 

Nominations for the 2022 Australia Day Awards open on Friday 17 September 2021 and close Sunday 31 October 2021. 
 
Got someone you want to nominate?

Check out the categories and eligibility requirements below and complete a nomination form.


Award Categories

Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year will be awarded to the citizen judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the City of Cessnock during 2021 and must be 26 years or older on 26 January 2022. 

Achievers from any area, including arts, sport, the environment, community service, career, sustainable development or science and technology can be recognised by this Award. The most important criteria the judging panel will consider are results, determination, creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and a demonstrated search for excellence.

Senior Citizen of the Year

Senior Citizen of the Year aims to recognise the valuable contribution of local senior citizens in the Cessnock community, either recently or over a long period of time. Many of these dedicated people spend much of their time working for others and are often unassuming and modest about their efforts. This Award seeks to recognise their commitment.

Nomination for this Award is open to all residents of the City of Cessnock and they must be 65 years or older on 26 January 2022 to be considered for the award.

Young Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year is presented to the young citizen of the City of Cessnock judged to have been the outstanding achiever during 2021.

Achievers from any area, including arts, sport, the environment, community service, sustainable development or science and technology can be recognised by this Award. The most important criteria the judging panel will consider are results, determination, creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and a demonstrated search for excellence.

Nomination for this Award is open to all residents of the City of Cessnock between 16 to 25 years of age on 26 January 2022.

Maree Callaghan Award - Young Female Acheiver

This Award is specifically for a young female achiever. It is inspired by women contributing their service to the community and acknowledges the barriers to women seeking public office and being seen as “leaders”. The recipient will be a positive and inspirational role model to other young women who shows leadership and has made significant achievements and/or contributions to the community during 2021.

Nominations for this Award are open to residents of the City of Cessnock aged 16 to 25 years of age on 26 January 2022.

Community Event of the Year Award

The City of Cessnock Community Event of the Year Award is presented to acknowledge outstanding achievement in conducting an event or events in the Cessnock community during the past year. The event will have been of benefit to the community or to specific community groups. Events to be considered could be from such areas as cultural, social, education, environment or sport. The benefits will be measured in ways additional to financial. The criteria for this Award are consistent with those outlined in the other Cessnock Australia Day Awards.

Sports Award

This Award is given to person/s or group/s for outstanding sports achievement and for their contribution to sports in the local area.

Environment Award

This Award is achieved by individuals, groups or organisations that care about the local environment. The environment is an important issue in the Cessnock Local Government Area and this Award is offered to individuals or groups who have displayed personal commitment to the preservation and enhancement of our lands.
 
Judges will be looking for:
  • Long term commitment to improving the environment by a person/s or organisation/s 
  • Displays of innovation and accelerating solutions to environmental concerns
  • Environmental education and awareness campaigns

Environment Award - Young Citizen

This Award focuses on young community members contributions to improving our local environment. 

Nomination for this Award is open to all residents of the City of Cessnock between 16 to 25 years of age on 26 January 2022.

Heritage Award

Th Heritage Award provides the opportunity to acknowledge excellence in a variety of areas, including the restoration/renovation of older buildings and projects which contribute to public awareness and protection of heritage throughout the Cessnock Local Government Area. 
 
Given the varying nature of conservation works, projects are classified under the following categories:
  • Residential renovation, restoration, reconstruction and/or conservation work to a building, which demonstrates heritage value
  • Non residential renovation, restoration, reconstruction and/or conservation work to a building or place which demonstrates heritage value
  • Projects which contribute to the awareness and protection of an aspect of heritage throughout the Cessnock Local Government Area such as an historical research project, conservation study or heritage education/promotion project

Community Award

This award recognises individuals and community groups who have demonstrated commitment to:
  • Advancing the profile of the Cessnock City
  • Contributions to volunteering in the community
  • Contributions to the delivery of community services
  • Outstanding contributions within the community in a field of endeavour
This category may be awarded to multiple recipients and/or community groups.

Who is eligible?

Criteria and eligibility

Criteria and Eligibility 
 
A fair go, a concern for the environment and our heritage, desire for prosperity with a share for all, participation in sport, cultural diversity, the importance of strong community values and supports systems, a keen sense that we have our own contribution to make on the world stage - these are all considered among the key factors in the national identity. Outstanding achievement or contribution towards these shared values is the basis of the Awards. Any individual or organisation can make a nomination. The person or event nominated does not need to meet all the criteria described in an award category.
 
  • Nominees must be Australian citizens and reside in the Cessnock Local Government Area at the time of nomination
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years
  • Self nominations will not be accepted
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously
  • Sitting State and Federal politicians and current Vice-Regal Officers are not eligible. Retired politicians and officers would be considered for other areas of work in addition to their official duties.
  • A person cannot receive a second award in the same Awards category but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years e.g. Young Citizen of the Year and then Citizen of the Year
  • All nominees will be considered for the Citizen of the Year Award
  • Nominees aged 16 to 25 years on 26 January 2022 will also be considered for the Young Citizen of the Year Award

Nomination process

To ensure you nominate correctly, please read the following:

  • The nomination should detail the nature, duration and impact of the nominee’s contribution to Cessnock Local Government Area
  • Any supporting documentation should be attached to the nomination form
  • All Awards will be announced and presented on Australia Day 2022
  • The selection of recipients will reflect the nominations received and information available to the Judging Panel at the time
  • Cessnock City Council reserves the right to withdraw an award if further information or the recipient’s conduct draws the Awards into disrepute
  • Nominations open on Friday 17 September 2021
  • Nominations must be received by Sunday 24 October 2021

For further information on the Awards, please contact Cherie Lorenzen on 02 4993 4210 or email cherie.lorenzen@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.


2021 Australia Day Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year, Glenn Byrnes
  • Senior Citizens on the Year, Les and Jane Goldie
  • Young Citizen on the Year, Bethany Dwyer
  • Community Event of the Year, International Womens Day Charity Dinner, Ms Natalie Kelly
  • Environment Award, Chris Jackson
  • Maree Callaghan Award – Young Female Achiever, Isabella Metcalfe
  • Community Award, Emerson Worthington
  • Community Award, Jesse Knight
  • Community Award, Siara Nash
  • Community Award, Kadie Sondermeyer
  • Community Award, Jennefer Wratten
  • Community Award, Katherine Kennedy

Previous years

2020 Australia Day Award recipients

  • Citizen of the Year, Melissa Gontier
  • Senior Citizen on the Year, Edgar (Ted) Jackson
  • Young Citizen on the Year, Chelsea Webb
  • Community Event of the Year, Lost Diggers of Weston and Field of Honour
  • Environment Award, Branxton Community Hall Committee
  • Maree Callaghan Award – Young Female Achiever, Trinity Woodhouse
  • Community Award, Stars of the Hunter Valley (Cancer Council NSW)
  • Community Award, Central Hunter Business Chamber & the Hunter Multi Cultural Community
  •  Community Award, Freemasons Cessnock
  • Community Award, Amy Roberts
  • Community Award, Rachel Threadgate
  • Community Award, Amy Butler
  • Community Award, Chloe Steel
  • Community Award, Rose Lucas
  • Community Award, Vincent Plater
  • Community Award, Bethany Dwyer
  • Community Award, Shane Rodger-Wilson
  • Community Award, Kyle Gosper
  • Community Award Olivia Chapman
  • Community Award, Adam Robinson

2019 Australia Day Award recipients

  • Citizen of the Year, Geoff Walker
  • Senior Citizen on the Year, Mr John & Mrs Robbie Forsyth
  • Young Citizen on the Year, Cooper Field
  • Community Event of the Year, Kearsley Dawn Service
  • Sport Award, Dorothy Heath
  • Heritage Award, Carl Hoipo
  • Maree Callaghan Award – Young Female Achiever, Olivia Palfreyman
  • Community Award, Dale Goldie
  • Community Award, Kylie Gray
  • Community Award, Lorraine Giddins
  • Community Award, Danny Hoggan