Show your appreciation, nominate a volunteer for a medal

Australia day committee chairperson Jan Lemon (right) at the 2016 Australia day celebrations with ambassador Jean Kitson.
Australia day committee chairperson Jan Lemon (right) at the 2016 Australia day celebrations with ambassador Jean Kitson.

Glen Innes' Australia day committee wants you to nominate a firefighter for a volunteer award.

Chairperson Jan Lemon said she expects the committee's annual appeal for nominees is more important than ever, with locals volunteers daily battling out of control firies both on our doorstep and in nearby local government areas.

"It's really hard to get the right words to say about our beautiful volunteers here in town," she said.

"The RFS volunteers put themselves in danger every day when these fires are on.

"They're heroes in everyone's eyes.

"Why not nominate your favourite fireman or firewoman for the awards. Give them the recognition they deserve."

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Glen Innes issues its own local Australia day awards with both emergency and everyday heroes recognised for their efforts on the national day, this year at a ceremony to be held at the Land of the Beardies history house.

The aim of the awards is to honour the voluntary achievements of fellow citizens, community groups and community events. There are five categories for awards including Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Voluntary Community Organisation of the Year and Emergency Service Volunteer of the Year.

Ms Lemon said the awards are "majorly important".

"It's a volunteering town and there are people out there volunteering with probably nobody really knowing about it.

"You've got to put their names forward as a celebration of that effort - it's just so important they get the recognition they deserve."

Nominations close on December 9 at 4pm, with nomination forms available from the council offices or their website.

Last year there were 19 nominees, with Andrew Hutton winning citizen, Annaliese Gillett young citizen and the emergency services award going to Beverley Pryor.

Voluntary organisation of the year was the Glen Innes Lioness Club, community event of the year was Outlandish and the environmental champion was Glen Industries.