Tenterfield's Australia Day award nominations close soon

Tenterfield's 2012 Citizen of the Year Geoff Sullivan urges people to nominate worthy award recipients who deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the community.
Tenterfield's 2012 Citizen of the Year Geoff Sullivan urges people to nominate worthy award recipients who deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the community.

It doesn’t seem long ago to Geoff Sullivan that he was joking around about nominees for Citizen of the Year with Harry Bolton at an Australia Day ceremony, only to have Harry interrupt to point out that Geoff’s name had just been announced.

It was back in 2012 that Geoff was awarded the honour, obviously much to his surprise. He only found out later that he had been nominated by Peter Chittick, possibly in ‘pay back’ for an earlier nomination.

Geoff received the recognition for his part over many years in the Visitors Association, the Railway Preservation Society and Rotary, of which he is a past-president and still a regular attendee after 40 years.

Geoff said the award ceremony was all a blur and he was completely unprepared, and more than a bit embarrassed.

“There are lots of people deserving of the honour that have never been nominated,” he said.

“Council can only make its selection from the nominations it gets, and people are missing out.

“Many people deserve to be recognised for the effort they put into their community.”

Unusually there were joint-winners for Tenterfield Citizen of the Year this year, in the form of Mingoola refugee advocates Philip and Julia Harpham. They're pictured here with mayor Peter Petty, Australian Day ambassador James Pittar and deputy mayor Greg Sauer.

Unusually there were joint-winners for Tenterfield Citizen of the Year this year, in the form of Mingoola refugee advocates Philip and Julia Harpham. They're pictured here with mayor Peter Petty, Australian Day ambassador James Pittar and deputy mayor Greg Sauer.

The deadline is fast approaching for getting nominations in for the 2018 Australia Day awards. The celebrations will be held on January 26 but the selection panel is looking for a good field of nominees by Friday, December 15 in the categories of Citizen, Young Citizen, Sportsperson, Young Sportsperson, Emergency Services Volunteer and Community Event.

Nomination forms are available from council’s office or you can complete the form here for Community Event of the Year, or here for all the other categories. Enquiries can be made to council’s executive assistant on (02) 6736 6000.

Outstanding citizens announced in 2012 were (from left) Geoff Sullivan, Stephen
Tanner, Tahliea Merchant and Natasha Brierley, with then-mayor Toby Smith.

Outstanding citizens announced in 2012 were (from left) Geoff Sullivan, Stephen Tanner, Tahliea Merchant and Natasha Brierley, with then-mayor Toby Smith.

2012 Citizen of the Year Geoff Sullivan, pictured on the day with wife Lucy.

2012 Citizen of the Year Geoff Sullivan, pictured on the day with wife Lucy.