The local area Australia Day honours awards are coming to Sandgate for the first time in 2020. Federal member for Lilley, Anika Wells, said the Lilley Honours would be awarded immediately after the annual citizenship ceremony, conducted by Deagon Ward councillor, Jared Cassidy, on Australia Day.
“I felt that we could make the Lilley Honours List a great way to focus on fostering more active citizens and recognising the people stepping up and pitching in,” she said.
“As I met community groups on the campaign trail, and in my travels since, I heard the same thing over and over – everyone feels time poor and their resources are stretched,” she said.
“People are worried about the declining rates of volunteers and worry about how their organisations will continue.
“I see this as the perfect way to recognise and celebrate local, active citizenship, at the same time as we welcome Sandgate’s newest citizens.”
The Lilley award winners will still be chosen by a committee of “active and dedicated” local citizens.
“This year we have decided to honour people by celebrating volunteers for the different ways they have served the community,” Ms Wells said.
Australia Day by the Bay festivities will still be run by Cr Cassidy and Sandgate MP Stirling Hinchliffe, but in 2020, the celebrations will be moved to later in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day.
The celebrations will include a free community barbecue, water activities, children’s entertainment and music.
“I hope to be able to honour the spirit of the Lilley Honours in Sandgate, as well as being able to focus on fostering volunteers in our wonderful community,” Ms Wells said.
Nominations for the Lilley Honours close 1 December. Locals can nominate someone by contacting Anika Wells’ office on ph. 3266 8244.