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2019 Australia Day Award nominations now open

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Warrnambool is Victoria’s most liveable city.

Along with its superb location, the city’s liveability is built on the efforts of the people who call Warrnambool home.  

The annual Australia Day awards provide an opportunity to recognise the people who make Warrnambool such a great place to live and work.

Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open.

Categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and the Local Achiever Award.

Chair of the Warrnambool Australia Day advisory committee, Bronwen Levett, said the Australia Day awards were a great way to acknowledge the efforts people made to make Warrnambool an attractive, caring city.

“Cities are enriched by the efforts of people who in their own time work to improve the wellbeing of those around them,” she said.

“There are many passionate people in Warrnambool who do great things without seeking acknowledgement or financial reward.

“The Australia Day awards allow us to formally show our appreciation and recognise their efforts.”

Nominees must be residents of Warrnambool with the exception of the Local Achiever Award which also accepts nominations of people who do not reside in Warrnambool, yet make a significant contribution to the Warrnambool community.

Nominations can be made online at 

Nominations close at 5pm on November 23, 2018.

The winners will be announced in the lead-up to Australia Day, with an official ceremony and community celebration to be held at the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on January 26. 

Previous winners of Warrnambool Citizen of the Year
2018 – Ray Lougheed and Barrie Baker
2017 – John Sherwood
2016 - David Atkinson
2015 - Vicki Jellie
2014 - Russ Goodear
2013 - Peter Headen
2012 - Glenys Phillpot, Bill Phillpot
2011 – Duncan Stalker, Gerry Billings
2010 – John MacInnes, Rosalie Newnham
2009 – James Nicol, Max Smart
2008 – Vern Robson, Darrell Hose
2007 – Pat Varley, Kay Whitehead
2006 – Eric Williams
2005 – Tom Bertrand Sen., Ray Welsford
2004 – Bill Quinlan, Joyce Lehmann
2003 – Joan Brown, John Clark
2002 – Andrew Suggett, Maxine Golding-Clark
2001 – Les O’Callaghan, Nonie Smith
2000 – Cath Lourie, Clive Rayner
1999 – Agnes Russie Walters, June Plater
1998 – John McLean, Roger Brough

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