Nominations close soon for Australia Day awards

Time is running out to nominate a worthy citizen in Wodonga's Australia Day awards.

It's time to put those names forward as nominations close on Monday, December 3.

There are three categories - Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Organisation of the Year - and all residents of Wodonga who are Australian citizens are eligible for nomination.

The Australia Day organising committee, led by a councillor, chooses the award winners.

Uta Wiltshire was named Citizen of the Year for 2018 and said it was a huge surprise to be nominated.

"It was great to be able to tell people what I was passionate about, being the Wodonga Historical Society," she said.

"I was extremely proud to be nominated for Citizen of the Year. Being a volunteer is not one of those roles done for accolades.

"We volunteer because we see a job that needs to be done."

Mrs Wiltshire is best known for her work with the Wodonga Historical Society as well as a variety of other roles in the community.

Australia Day committee representative Cr Danny Lowe encouraged residents to put some serious thought into who they could put forward for the awards.

“There are many people within our community who give countless hours of their time to help others. This is a great way we can recognise and thank them for all of their hard work,” he said.

The awards will be presented at the council’s Australia Day celebrations on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Les Stone Park.

Nominations close Monday, December 3 and should be made online via makewodongayours.com.au.

We hope to see you at Les Stone Park on Friday, January 26 (Australia Day) to celebrate our great nation.