Nominations are open for the 2021 City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards, which honour local heroes who are making outstanding contributions to the community.

“Australia Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond for our community, particularly during this difficult year.” ~ City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Cr Bob Dwyer

Please take the time to nominate a person or organisation that you believe has helped make our city a better place, whether through the arts, education, welfare, volunteering, sports, or an act of kindness.

Nominations close on Wednesday 18th November at 5pm and can be made via the City of Parramatta website

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2020 City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year award, Kevin McSweeney (2nd from left)

The winner of the 2020 City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year award, NSW Ambulance Inspector Kevin McSweeney, was humbled to be formally recognised for his decades of service. In 2015, Mr McSweeney founded the Michael Hughes Foundation, a Parramatta-based charity that teaches the public how to perform CPR and use defibrillators.

“When I was recognised as the Parramatta Citizen of the Year, it was a massive thrill and honour for me. If you’re thinking about nominating someone – do it! The City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards encourage people who help the community to strive even further.” ~ Mr McSweeney

Nomination Categories for 2021 Australia Day Awards for City of Parramatta

Citizen of the Year

Individuals who have made a noteworthy contribution to the City of Parramatta, by age group:

  • Junior Citizen of the Year in honour of David Shakespeare OAM: 19 years and under
  • Young Adult Citizen of the Year: 20 – 39 years old
  • Adult Citizen of the Year: 40 – 59 years old
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: 60 years and over
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I was very honoured to be awarded the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award for my work on ParraParents

Community Group Award

A local group or organisation that has provided an outstanding contribution to the City of Parramatta community, including projects and events.

Australia Day Awards Selection Criteria

The Australia Day Awards Judging Panel select the winners of each category. The criteria used by the panel in the selection process include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the community.
  • Undertaken activities that have a positive purpose, short and long-term benefits for others.
  • Shows vision and leadership.
  • Active in the community where the community benefits.
  • Showed outstanding achievement in a specific field e.g. academic, sporting, cultural, environmental, community engagement, leadership, or civic responsibility.
  • Impact of the activities of an individual or group on the community whether it be immediate or lasting.
  • The nominee is law abiding.
  • The nominee is a positive role model to others.
  • The nominee engages in community participation.
  • Personal, academic and professional achievements.
  • Other awards and nominations received.
  • Special achievements.

Further that, consideration should be given to:

  • Nominations located in the Parramatta LGA, where the nominee also delivers the service to the City of Parramatta community.
  • Nominations of a volunteer nature, in kind service or contribution, not in a paid capacity.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Nominees must reside, work or study in the City of Parramatta Local Government Area. If residing out of the area, the service provided must largely contribute or significantly benefit the City of Parramatta Local Government Area.
  • Community groups and projects must have been held and largely contribute or significantly benefit the City of Parramatta Local Government Area.
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously.
  • Sitting local, state and federal politicians are not eligible nor immediately after leaving office.
  • No weight is given to the number of times a person is nominated.
  • All individual nominees will be considered for the relevant Citizen of the Year Award.

Council will host the 2021 City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards on Thursday 21 January 2021 at Rosehill Gardens.

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