The nominees for the Australia Day awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Event of the Year categories were announced on Tuesday.
Winners of the awards will be announced as part of the official ceremony which will begin at 10am on Australia Day on Sunday, January 26 in Victoria Park.
Community members can come along to Victoria Park early to enjoy a BBQ breakfast from 7:30am along with activities and the food and market stalls which will run from early in the morning until 2pm.
Citizen of the Year nominations
Daniel Strickland is the area manager for Mission Australia South Eastern NSW & ACT and is involved in many committees and community organisations such as the Domestic and Family Violence Committee.
"It is exciting to be nominated in Goulburn, a place I call my home. I am passionate about Goulburn and it's been great that I have been involved with different communities, networks and activities across the Goulburn region. We are here only for a short time, so let's make the most of it. I am fortunate that I am seen like a leader in the community and if I can use that to build the networks then I will continue to do that," he said.
Ashley Kara has been the driving force behind development and coaching of the first women's rugby union team in Goulburn's history, and has been a mentor for many young women in the region.
Young Citizen of the Year
Kate Easlea is an active young citizen who is committed to the Lieder Theatre and her chosen sport of equestrian while being a civic minded person who is passionate about climate action.
Koby Andrews is a great sportsman and budding musician, who has been heavily involved in raising much needed funds for the Windellama Rural Fire Brigade this year.
Events of the Year
The Goulburn Relay for Life was attended by 550 people and raised almost $75,000 to go towards delivery of support services for cancer patients and their families as well as research.
A renewed committee for the Lilac Festival saw the return of the popular street parade with numerous floats on Auburn Street and an outpouring of community spirit.
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