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National awards to recognise local heroes in Sydney

20 September 2011 | The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Member for Sydney

Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek today called for nominations from the local community for the National Volunteer Awards.

The Gillard Labor Government has announced an awards campaign to recognise individuals who make an outstanding contribution to their local community through volunteering.

"Volunteering is an essential part of the Sydney community. Volunteering connects us, strengthens our sense of belonging and creates positive relationships that build a stronger local community," said Tanya Plibersek.

"Sydney relies heavily on the contribution of volunteers – the unsung heroes who give up their free time to deliver services, in the areas of sport, emergency services and community welfare."

Tanya Plibersek said "2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the International year of Volunteers. The theme for the world- wide celebrations is 'Inspire the Volunteer in You' – recognising that everyone can be a volunteer and make a valuable contribution to their community."

To mark this special year we have the opportunity to recognise those individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the Sydney community through volunteering.

The people of Sydney will have the opportunity to nominate outstanding local volunteers and organisations in the following award categories:

  • MP's Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Junior Volunteer Award (17 and under)
  • Young Volunteer Award (18-25 years)
  • Education Award
  • Environment Award
  • Long-term Commitment to Community Service Award
  • Business Volunteer Award
  • Innovation in Volunteering Award (for an organisation or individual)
  • New organisation Award
  • Emergency Management Award

To be eligible for awards, volunteers should be widely recognised as being significant contributors to their communities; their contribution of time and effort should set an example to other volunteers; they should provide guidance to other volunteers and where appropriate encourage others to join their cause; they should undertake their tasks selflessly and without the purpose of material gain.

Nominations are open now and will close at the end of November. Award ceremonies are to be held on or around International Volunteer Day on Saturday, December 5.
Ten award winners will receive a custom-designed award pack which will include a letter of recognition from the Prime Minister and the Minister for Social Inclusion, a certificate of appreciation for their volunteering efforts and an IYV+10 commemorative stamp and coin set.

For more information about the awards, or to download a nomination form, please visit www.notforprofit.gov.au/volunteering or call (02) 9379 0700.

Media contact: Michael Vaughan – 0413 473 773

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