Nominations are now open for the Tweed Shire 2011 Australia Day awards, which include categories for Citizen of the Year, Young Achiever in Community Service for under 25s, an Arts and Cultural Achievement Award, Sporting Achievement Award, Community Event of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Chris Chrisostomos, who was crowned Citizen of the Year at the Tweed’s 2010 Australia Day celebrations, said there were many people worthy of nomination for next year’s awards.

“While there was a general shortage of volunteer assistance throughout the Tweed, there are people doing fantastic work,” Mr Chrisostomos said.

Nominations can be submitted to Tweed Shire Council until 3 December, with the sporting and arts awards open to individuals, groups and teams.

The award winners will be announced during the official Australia Day ceremony on 26 January 2011 at a location to be confirmed.

Mr Chrisostomos, who has been named Citizen of the Year twice in the past decade for his work with the Tweed Valley Banana Festival, Army cadets and the State Emergency Service, said the awards were a tremendous boost for the recipients.

Candidates must live or attend school in the Tweed and must undertake their roles as volunteers, rather than paid employees.

Nominations forms are available by visiting Council’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au and clicking on the ‘community’ tab, then ‘community services’. You can fill out the form online and email it to tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, send your nominations on the form to: Tweed Australia Day Committee, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816 Murwillumbah NSW 2484 or deliver to the Tweed Heads or Murwillumbah Council offices.