Mayor Frank Carbone said Fairfield is "full of heroes" working tirelessly to make the city great - and the Australia Day Community Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge their wonderful work.
Council is encouraging residents to nominate people who make a valuable contribution to the community and are Australian citizens who live, work or study in the Fairfield Local Government Area. Mr Carbone said many of Fairfield's most dedicated individuals go about their work "without seeking recognition."
"The Community Awards are a wonderful way to acknowledge and thank them for the work they do," he said.
"These people enrich our community, selflessly giving their time for others."
The award categories are:
- Citizen of the Year (25 years and over).
- Young Citizen of the Year (12 to 24 years).
- Volunteer of the Year (12 years and over).
- Sports Achiever of the Year (12 years and over).
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Fairfield on Australia Day.
Bossley Park's Grigory Rogojkin is the reigning Citizen of the Year. Mr Rogojkin, who has spent more than 10 years volunteering for the Fairfield State Emergency Service (SES), revealed how big an honour it was to be recognised for helping the community in times of need.
"I consider this as equal to the Australian of the Year award," he said.
- Nomination forms and guidelines are available from council's website: fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/australiaday. Nominations close November 1.