Would you like to give one of Parkes Shire's unsung heroes the recognition they deserve?

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Parkes Shire Council Community, Cultural, Environmental and Sports Awards, including the Ron Harrison Sports Bursary.

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said “we are proud to have a number of individuals and groups making outstanding contributions to the Parkes Shire community.”

"We are fortunate to have a number of outstanding citizens and groups who work tirelessly to make the Parkes Shire such a positive and progressive community."

"These people are often quiet achievers, but their efforts and achievements strengthen our community."

“The annual Australia Day awards are designed to publicly acknowledge and reward the marvellous contributions these citizens and groups make on a local level and encourage others to follow their lead.”

"We recognise individuals or groups who are positively contributing to the local culture, community and environment."

The awards cover the 2019 calendar year to-date and will be announced during the Australia Day Awards ceremony in January 2020.

To nominate someone, pick up a nomination form from Council, one of our libraries, or at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively, you can download nomination forms from www.parkes.nsw.gov.au

Entries for the Community, Cultural and Environmental Awards close on 30 November 2019.

Entries for the Sports Awards and Ron Harrison Sports Bursary close on 30 November 2019.

Community Awards

The Community Awards recognise outstanding community contribution in the following categories:

+ Adult Citizen - over 25 years of age
+ Young Citizen - up to 25 years of age
+ Individuals or a Community Group for an event - two persons or more

Cultural Awards

The Cultural Awards recognise excellence in the performing, visual, and creative arts and crafts in the following categories:

+ Student - up to and including students aged 18 years of age
+ Adult - over 18 years of age
+ Group - two persons or more

Environmental Awards

In 2018, the NSW Australia Day Council initiated a new award for 2019 Australia Day - Local Environmental Citizen of the Year. The Environmental Award recognises an individual or group contributing to our environmental preservation or advancing environmental awareness within the Shire.

Sports Awards

The Sports Awards recognise outstanding sporting groups and individuals for the Parkes Shire Sports Awards, sponsored by Parkes Champion Post.

The Awards are divided into 8 categories including:

+ Sports Person of the Year
+ Junior Sportsperson of the Year
+ Team of the Year
+ Coach or Manager
+ Referee or Official
+ Senior Team or Sportsperson
+ Administrator
+ Long Service and Dedication Award

Ron Harrison Sports Bursary

The purpose of the $2,000 bursary is to:

+ Provide financial assistance to Sportspersons of the Parkes Shire, particularly those at junior levels, who demonstrate the need for this assistance to further develop their career.
+ Perpetuate the memory of the late Mr Ron Harrison, who died in February 1985, for his contribution to the community of Parkes and district, particularly in the development of sport.

Last year's recipients were Maddison Spence, Tyannua Goolagong and Matty Price.