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Nominations are now open for the NSW Local Citizenship Awards

Council seeks nominations to recognize the achievements of local individuals and their contribution to the Lithgow LGA community. Awardees will be announced and celebrated at the Australia Day Ceremony on 26 January 2018.

“The Citizenship Awards are an important opportunity to recognise the contribution and achievements of individuals within our community,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Ray Thompson.  “I encourage everyone to nominate a colleague, friend, or community leader. “

The NSW Local Citizenship Award categories are:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award (Young Citizen and Open Citizen)
  • Achievement Award (Young Citizen and Open Citizen)
  • Service to the Community – Organisation Award
  • Recognition of Outstanding Event Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is for people who have given their time freely to help the community within the Lithgow LGA. The Achievement Award is for those who have excelled in their chosen field which may include academia, business, the arts and sciences or community service. The Young Citizen Category is for people between the ages of 16 and 26 while the Open Category is for all ages over 16 years.

The Service to the Community – Organisation Award is for organisations which aim to enrich the lives of the people in the Lithgow area.  This organisation does not have to be a volunteer organisation.  The Recognition of Outstanding Event Award  will be given in recognition of the many events in Lithgow that are making such a difference to our town.

Nomination forms are available from the front counter of the Lithgow City Council Administration Centre, at all Lithgow Library Branches and online  below.

Nominations will close on Monday 26th November.  Winners of all awards will be announced Saturday 26 January 2018 at the Australia Day Ceremony.

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Australia Day 2018

Australia Day Citizenship and Local Citizenship Awards celebrated

Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie welcomed new Australian citizens and celebrated the achievements of local individuals at Lithgow City Council’s Australia Day ceremony held at Eskbank House Museum on 26 January 2018.

Mayor Lesslie said “Lithgow City Council’s Australia Day Citizenship Awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations who give their time and energy to improving the Lithgow community. We thank all the people nominated this year, whose generosity and dedication ensures that Lithgow is a wonderful place to live.”

The Young Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Emma Martin who has been an active member of the Rydal A H & P Society for more than 10 years, fundraises for the Rydal Union Church and Meadow Flat Public School, and volunteers to support community events.

The Volunteer of the Year Award in the Open category was jointly awarded to Donna White and Kerry Guerin for their outstanding volunteer service managing the Small Arms Factory Museum. They have collectively provided over 27 years of service to preserve local history, as well as contribute to the local tourism offer.

The Young Citizen Achievement Award was presented to Hayden Way for his exceptional fundraising efforts for the Simon Williams Memorial Charity which supports families grieving the loss of a child. Through his own initiative, Hayden raised $14,000 for the charity.

The Citizen Achievement Award in the Open Category was awarded to Beverley Coombs, recognising her many years of service to the community providing foster care, serving as a committee member for local not-for-profit groups such as the Red Cross, and volunteering for community groups including Legacy for Christmas, Lithgow Community Transport, and nursing homes.

The Services to the Community (Organisation) Award was presented to the teaching staff of Lithgow Public School Special Education Unit for their years of dedication to providing specialist services to young children, enhancing their quality of life and the opportunities available to them.  

The Outstanding Event Award was presented to Walk N Talk for raising awareness of the challenges of living with mental health issues. The series of Walk N Talk events that took place throughout 2017 provided important opportunities for the community to come together and support each other.