Citizens’ Awards nominations slow coming in – mayor

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Nominations for this year’s Citizens’ Awards have been few and far between, says Waitaki District Mayor Gary Kircher.

The awards, which opened on June 9, have so far attracted minimal interest and if people want to nominate themselves or someone else, they have until August 8 to do so.

Mr Kircher said it would be good to see more interest from the public.

“Ideally, we’d love some more applications; we usually get about five to 12 so something around that again would be nice.”

The event was esablished more than 20 years ago and is a chance for people who may not be nationally recognised to win an award.

“There are many people in the Waitaki district who make a real difference in their community and yet they will often go unnoticed,” Mr Kircher said.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the work they do and the benefit they bring to our community.”

The awards ceremony will take place on October 6.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.waitaki.govt.nz/Community

They can also be collected from the council’s service centres, public libraries and the Kurow Museum and Information Centre.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY