Nominate A Local Hero

Local heroes may not wear a cape and mask but they often go about their good deeds without too much fanfare.

You might come across them daily, or maybe only every so often – but local heroes make an impression through the positive contribution they make to our community.

Each year Ballina Shire Council recognises our local heroes through the Australia Day Awards.

However, there’s a catch for the awards to be successful – and that’s community participation. We are urging you, the community, to take five minutes of your time to nominate someone who is a local hero in your eyes. Whether they are a friend, family member, associate or community leader – if they are someone you admire or are inspired by, nominate them today.

The 2017 Ballina Shire Australia Day Celebrations saw many deserving residents and community recognised for the valuable contribution they make to Ballina Shire. From over 40-nominations, the top honour of 2017 Citizen of the Year was taken out Doug Stinson.

Doug is a community all-rounder and hasn’t sat still since he retired over 16-years ago. He’s been involved in Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, Lions Club of Lennox Head, Lennox Head Surf Club, Alstonville Tennis Club, Alstonville Soccer Club and the Ballina District Community Services Association. Aside from his formal community commitments Doug is described as a genuinely helpful person and is always willing to “Lend an Ear” and give useful advice as a friend.

Applications are now being accepted in the following categories: • Young Citizen of the Year (30 years of age or under)
• Senior Citizen of the Year (60 years of age or over)
• Local Hero

• Sports Award (individual, team or administrator) • Arts/Cultural Award
• Community Event of the Year.

It is easy to nominate your local hero; nomination forms can be collected from Council’s Customer Service Centre, 40 Cherry Street, Ballina, downloaded from, or by telephoning the Communications Team on 1300 864 444. Nominations close Friday 1 December 2017.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the official Australia Day ceremony on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Lennox Community Centre.

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