There are people in our community who go that little bit further, open their arms a little bit wider and give that little bit extra to inspire us all to make every day better.
It is these people that are recognised in the Port Stephens Annual Awards, announced each year during the Port’s Australia Day celebrations.
“While we’re great at banding together to help when times are tough, we’re also lucky to have some very special people in our community who go out of their way to help others day-in-day-out,” Port Stephens Council general manager Wayne Wallis said.
“These people are the driving force behind our community groups, they keep our sporting clubs running, they support others and they create a more welcoming and beautiful Port Stephens for us all.
“If you know someone who deserves recognition for their contribution to Port Stephens, now is the time to show them they are appreciated.”
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Port Stephens Annual Awards, which are an initiative of Port Stephens Council. The nomination period will close on November 30.
Winners of the six categories will be announced at the Raymond Terrace Australia Day ceremony on January 26, 2019.
The awards categories are:
Freeman of Port Stephens
A distinguished citizen who has contributed eminent service to the community over many years.
Citizen of the Year
A citizen which has made a significant and demonstrable contribution to the community during the preceding 12 month period. The nominee should be an inspirational role model who has made a positive impact on the Port Stephens community.
Young Citizen of the Year
Awarded to a young citizen (25 years or under) who has made a significant and demonstrable contribution to the community. The nominee should be an inspirational role model who has made a positive impact on the Port Stephens community.
Port Stephens Medal
Awarded to individuals, organisations or groups for distinguished service to the community. Nominees should demonstrate community leadership, promote the principles of cultural diversity and social equity; showing a tireless approach to community life and participation.
Sportsperson of the Year
Awarded to individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to the sporting community of Port Stephens or who have attained a high level of achievement in the wider sporting community.
Awarded to individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to the cultural community of Port Stephens or who have attained a high level of achievement in the wider cultural community.
- To nominate a Port Stephens resident for an award, head to the Port Stephens Council website, download and fill out a nomination form and send it to the council via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), post (PO Box 42, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324) or dropping it in to the administration building (116 Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace).
The 2017 winners of these awards were:
Citizen of the Year – Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz
Young Citizen of the Year – Mackenzie Bell, then aged 10
Freeman of Port Stephens – Former Port Stephens councillors Sally Dover and Geoff Dingle
Sportsperson of the Year – Colin Machon
Cultural Endeavour – Robyn Killen
Port Stephens Medal – Geoffrey Basser, Leon Lindsay and Peter Clough