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Australia Day Awards judges needed

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Phil Oakley has been on the Australia Day Awards judging panel for the past four years and is encouraging other community members to become involved.

Locals with a love for the community, like proud resident Phil Oakley, are encouraged to submit an expression of interest to help judge the annual Australia Day Awards.

Hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council, the awards recognise the actions and abilities of groups and individuals that have enhanced the social connectivity of the community through personal contribution or through an event.

The community judging panel forms a vital part of the process, with the seven-person committee responsible for choosing winners in each award category.

Each of the committee members represent a different section of the community, ensuring a wide range of experience and local knowledge.

Council is currently looking to appoint two judges, one with experience in sports and recreation and another judge who currently resides in Gin Gin.

Australia Day Awards judges give back

Art Plus owner Phil Oakley has been a judge since the committee was formed in 2018.

He said it was a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to have their say while meeting a range of different people.

“You get a diverse group of people who you wouldn't normally meet and then you get to chat about local topics,” Phil said.

“While you don't necessarily know any of the other judges and you come from different backgrounds, being involved allows you to feel like you can make an impact on the local community.

“It is a great way to give back to the community.”

Australia Day Awards judges will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Living in the Bundaberg Local Government Area
  • Community-minded
  • Have time to dedicate to support the award
  • Identifying suitable candidates or groups to be awarded in the various eligible categories

The panel currently consists of judges from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to people with lived experiences that encompass:

  • Arts
  • Tourism
  • Sports and recreation
  • Community
  • Thorough understanding of Bundaberg Region, including Gin Gin, Childers, Moore Park Beach, Woodgate etc.

If you have the skills, time and interest to contribute to this key event in Bundaberg complete the expression of interest form here.

Submissions for Australia Day Awards judges close on 23 September 2022 and applicants will be notified on 14 October 2022.

Nominations for the awards are also open with more information to be found here.

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