CORANGAMITE Shire’s strong volunteer base has produced a large field of nominees for its 2014 Australia Day awards.
Corangamite mayor Chris O’Connor said the awards selection committee had been blessed with a field of nearly 40 nominees for four categories, making the choice of winners a difficult one.
“This year in particular we have an inspiring group of nominees from across our shire, more than half of which are women,” Cr O’Connor said.
Four major awards will be announced as part of Corangamite shire’s Australia Day celebrations to be held at Skipton Recreation Reserve from 10am on Sunday, January 26.
They are the citizen of the year, young male citizen of the year, young female citizen of the year and community event of the year.
The Skipton ceremony will be addressed by the former chairwoman of the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital, Christine Unsworth.
“There’s also a free lunch and this year Australia Day has a special significance for the Skipton community because it starts the township’s 175-year celebrations,” Cr O’Connor said.
“Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate our citizens, our communities and we’re encouraging people to take a day out and explore Skipton,” he said.