The best part of my job is getting to see our community in action.
At the heart of our community are volunteers. The RFS and SES volunteers who are on the ground during floods and fires, the meals on wheels drivers who deliver meals, the environmental groups who watch out for our bushland, and the volunteers who are the backbone of our local sporting clubs.
Volunteers keep our community going. While volunteers contribute simply because they see a need, I believe it is important we show our recognition and appreciation.
One way we can pay such tribute to local community leaders and volunteers is through nominating people for an Order of Australia award. The awards are assessed independently and are made by the Governor-General.
I know from the recipients I have met, that the award though never sought, holds a special place in their life.
The awards are open to all Australians, from all backgrounds. It says in a lasting way, your work and achievements have been noticed and they are appreciated.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from itsanhonour.gov.au