2023 Citizen of the Year

Nominate your local hero for our 'Citizen of the Year', 'Young Citizen of the Year', or 'Sportsperson of the year' awards.

We want to recognise the achievements and contributions of an everyday Bayside resident who has done something exceptional to change a life, help a community, promote a good cause or run a campaign to get something done.

That special person may be a charity worker, volunteer or a simply a caring neighbour. A local ‘hero’ who has made a difference.

If you know someone who has does something extraordinary in our community, let us know by nominating them as 'Citizen of the Year', 'Young Citizen of the Year', or 'Sportsperson of the Year'. It is a great way to say thank you.

How to nominate

Download and print the form for the award you wish to nominate your 'hero', and send with any supporting attachments to council@bayside.nsw.gov.au by 4:30pm, Friday 4 November

Hand written nominations must be posted to: Bayside Council, PO Box 21, Rockdale NSW 2216.

About the awards

The 'Citizen of the year' and 'Young Citizen of the year' awards recognise the exceptional contributions made by an individual to the local community in the areas of:

  • community services

  • charitable work

  • education/school development

  • environment

  • arts and culture

  • employment

  • humanitarian work

  • initiatives that enhance the quality of life for Bayside residents.

The 'Sportsperson of the Year' awards recognise the achievements of:

  • an outstanding sportsperson who has excelled in their chosen sport, either as an individual or part of a team

  • someone who has had a positive impact, or made an outstanding contribution, through their work for a sporting organisation or team.

The nominee can be an athlete, coach, official or administrator.

More information

Closing date

Your nomination must be sent to us by 4:30pm, Friday 4 November to be considered.

Nominations can be emailed to council@bayside.nsw.gov.au, handwritten nominations must be sent to: Bayside Council, PO Box 21, Rockdale NSW 2216.

How the awards are judged

This nomination form is circulated to the Selection Panel for consideration. They make a recommendation to the Bayside Council.

The award must be for work performed principally within the Bayside LGA.

Guidelines - Citizen and Young Citizen of the year

  1. The nominee must be nominated by an individual or organisation.The nominee must be an Australian Citizen and live within the Bayside Council LGA. Proof of Citizenship is required. 

  2. Nominees for Young Citizen of the Year must be between the age of 16 and 25 years as at the 26 January 2022.

  3. The nomination must detail the achievements and background of the nominee and state the reason/s for the nomination.

  4. The nominee’s contribution must focus on their achievements within the Bayside LGA. (However, their work or contribution outside the area will also be given consideration).

  5. The nominee should be held in high regard in the community or their field of work and by their peers.

  6. The nomination must be supported by at least one, or more, referees who are not the nominator. The Committee reserve the right to contact each referees to verify any information or seek further comments.

  7. The Committee will Award one person the honour of Citizen of the Year and one person Young Citizen of the Year. Recipients will be known as the ‘Bayside Citizen of the Year’ and the ‘Bayside Young Citizen of the Year’. The Committee reserves the right in exceptional circumstances to award more than one award, or no award if appropriate.The Committees recommendation once adopted by Council is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  8. All nomination information and material submitted remains the property of Bayside Council.

  9. The following people are not eligible for nomination:

  • Current employees of Bayside Council, their spouses, defacto partners or relatives.

  • ‘Relative’ is someone related by birth or marriage. Bayside Councillors, Federal or State politicians, their spouses, defacto partners or relatives. ‘Relative’ is someone related by birth or marriage.

  • Anyone who has previously held the title Bayside Citizen of the Year or Bayside Young Citizen of the Year.

Guidelines - Sportsperson of the year

  1. The nominee must be nominated by an individual or organisation.

  2. The nominee must be an Australian Citizen and live within the Bayside Council LGA. Proof of Citizenship is required. 

  3. The nominee must live within the Bayside LGA or represent a local sporting team, group or organisation located within the Bayside LGA

  4. The nomination must detail the achievements and background of the nominee and state the reason/s for the nomination. This may include:

    • outstanding achievement in the nominated sport (history as well as recent achievements)

    • outstanding leadership skills and sportsmanship

    • outstanding ethical and community values

    • exceptional service to an organisation or a team.

  5. All nomination information and material submitted remains the property of Bayside Council.

  6. The nomination must be supported by at least one, or more, referees who are not the nominator.

  7. The nominee must not have received this award previously

  8. Only one award is given and the recipient will be known as the 'Bayside Sportsperson of the Year'. The Committee reserves the right in exceptional circumstances to award more than one award, or no award if appropriate.

  9. The following people are not eligible for nomination:

    • Current employees of Bayside Council, their spouses, defacto partners or relatives. ‘Relative’ is someone related by birth or marriage

    • Bayside Councillors, Federal or State politicians, their spouses, defacto partners or relatives. ‘Relative’ is someone related by birth or marriage

    • Anyone who has previously held the title Bayside Citizen of the Year or Bayside Young Citizen of the Year

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