There are just a few days to go to nominate a colleague, neighbour or community member who makes an outstanding contribution to your community for an Australian of the Year Award 2021.

Federal NSW Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said he had seen Australians doing selfless things at virtually every turn this year due to the challenging circumstances resulting from the drought, bushfires and now the one-in-one-hundred year coronavirus pandemic.

“This year has been a year where thousands of people in our area have done incredible, selfless things to help their neighbours and communities,” Mr Conaghan said.

“Just think of the volunteer rural firefighters who defended life and property from the bushfires or the doctors, nurses and aged care workers who show up to work every day in environments more at risk from COVID-19.

“Or the numerous people and organisations who volunteered to help out our farmers in numerous ways during the recent drought.

“2020 has been a year in which the generous acts of Australians have shone brightly, so please consider nominating someone who has helped your or your community for an Australian of the Year Award.”

Mr Conaghan said there are four award categories currently open for nominations: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero.

Nominations are open until July 31.
The award winners will be announced on January 25, 2021, on the eve of Australia Day in Canberra.

Nominating someone for an Australian of the Year Award is easy; simply visit the National Australia Day Council’s website.

Australia Day is an opportunity to reflect on the nation’s shared history and 60,000-year journey and celebrate the achievements of Australians.