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Citizen of the Year

Annual awards are just one way that Council celebrates the passion and commitment of our community and the positive impact people make — going above-and-beyond in times of need and being inspirational representatives for the Adelaide Hills.

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Nominations for the 2023 Citizen of the Year Awards are now closed.

About Citizen of the Year awards

Adelaide Hills Council values the passion and commitment of its community and has for many years acknowledged this through the presentation of Citizen of the Year awards.​

On behalf of the Australia Day Council of South Australia, the Council celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding members of our community through the Citizen of the Year Awards.

Nominated by their peers, these individuals offer remarkable service every day and are so often an unsung hero. They don’t do it for the praise or for recognition – they do it simply because it makes a difference to the people in our community.

The Council presents a number of awards at events across the region annually and on three days either side of the Australia Day public holiday on 26 January. The award categories are Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (under 30yrs), Community Event of the Year, and Civic Awards (multiple).

The Citizen of the Year Awards comprise four major categories:

Citizen of the Year Award

This is presented to someone making an extraordinary contribution to the community and may recognise outstanding service over a number of years.

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen.


Young Citizen of the Year Award

This is presented to a young emerging leader who is making a real difference in their community.

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen aged over 16 years and under 30 years of age on January 26, 2024.


Community Event of the Year Award

This is presented to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding event for their community.

To be eligible, the person or group must be Australian Citizens.


Award for Active Citizenship (Civic Award)

These awards are presented to a person or group delivering (or having delivered) outstanding work on a project, initiative or event for the community during the past calendar year. They may be an unsung hero who benefits a few people or many, in small or in major ways.

The person or group need not be Australian Citizens.

Procedure

The Australia Day Council of South Australia and participating Local Councils call for nominations from community groups and individuals.

Nominations are submitted online via the Citizen of the Year website or using the form provided above.

All nominations received are provided to the relevant local Council for consideration and selection.

The Adelaide Hills Council presents the awards between 23 and 29 January and all finalists will be notified by Council.

Councils can forward the details of their Award recipients to the Australia Day Council of South Australia to go in the running for the State Awards, presented by the Governor of South Australia.

  • South Australia’s Citizen of the Year Award
  • South Australia’s Young Citizen of the Year Award
  • South Australia’s Community Event of the Year Award
  • South Australia’s Award for Active Citizenship

Community Celebrations

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2023 Award recipients

Recipient name ​Recipient home town ​Award received
Natasha Hortle Woodside ​Citizen of the Year
Jasmin Scott Woodside ​Young Citizen of the Year
The English Ale Mylor Civic Award
Brenda Stenhouse Houghton ​Civic Award
Donald Kevin Herrmann Lobethal Civic Award
Doreen Thomas Aldgate Civic Award
John Odea Gumeracha ​Civic Award
Merrilyn Hannaford Uraidla ​Civic Award
Mitchell Smyth Gumeracha ​Civic Award
Neil Shillabeer Oakbank ​Civic Award
Oakbank Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee Oakbank ​Civic Award
Ray Grivell Balhannah ​Civic Award
Robert Riggs Uraidla ​Civic Award
Ross Kealley Crafers West Civic Award
Stirling Meals on Wheels Stirling Civic Award
Tracy Goodwin Aldgate Civic Award

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