NOMINATIONS for Cairns Regional Council’s 2024 Citizen of the Year Awards are now open, providing an opportunity to recognise local individuals and groups who make an outstanding contribution to the region.
Award categories are:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Cultural Award
- Junior Cultural Award
- Sportsperson of the Year
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Deputy Mayor Terry James said the awards are an opportunity to shine a light on residents who make a real difference in the community.
“This is the chance to recognise someone who is doing extraordinary things in our community to ensure their efforts and achievements don’t go unnoticed,” Cr James said.
“There are many deserving people in the Cairns region – often quiet achievers – who help others and enriched the community through their good and selfless work.
“If you know someone who deserves their moment in the spotlight, we encourage you to take the time to nominate them, so we can recognise their achievements together.”
Last year’s Cultural Award recipient, James Kerr – who manages the Jabalbina On Country Program – said the awards are important in celebrating diversity, achievements and community spirit.
“Reflecting on the honour of receiving the 2023 Cultural Award of the Year, I was overwhelmed with pride, excitement, a profound sense of achievement, and genuine humility,” he said.
“To be recognised among such remarkable candidates was truly humbling.
“The community’s acknowledgment of our efforts, especially in nurturing a safe and respectful environment for our youth, was both heartening and motivating.
“The newfound connections and friendships forged within the community have enriched my journey.
“Nominate someone whose dedication has significantly impacted Cairns.
“Join me as 2024 Ambassador in embracing the chance to shine a light on those who make our community brighter, for their passion and dedication are the bedrock of a thriving society.”
Nominees must be residents of the Cairns Local Government Area.
Nominations are open until 4pm on Friday 15 December.
For further information, eligibility criteria and nomination forms, visit Council’s website.